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Aisle

by Sam Barlow profile

Slice of life
1999

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- UmbrellaPie, May 4, 2019

- IanAllenBird, April 30, 2019

Literally the game that introduced me to gnocchi, so four stars for that!, April 27, 2019

by deathbytroggles (Minneapolis, MN)
Perhaps the first serious game that would automatically end after one move. The premise is quite simple as you play an ordinary man in an ordinary supermarket who has stopped in the pasta aisle next to a woman who is also shopping. There are exactly 136 possible moves you can make that produce 136 separate endings. There is neither a puzzle nor a plot, and one would be hard pressed to say this is even a character study, as some of the endings’ portrayal of your character’s history contradict each other.

I do wish there was something more here to unravel, but as it stands this is quite a pleasant diversion thanks to the imagination and quality writing of Sam Barlow. More importantly, Aisle inspired many future authors in experimenting with the genre, including a few entertaining games that mimic this one.

I still come back and play Aisle about every five years. There's just something about the protagonist's world view that makes me smile.

- Jan Strach, April 11, 2019

- Steffan LW Sitka (Los Angeles), February 28, 2019

- bradleyswissman (Virginia, US), February 8, 2019

- Stian, January 22, 2019

- seltzer, January 16, 2019

- SchnickelFritz (TX), December 26, 2018

- Zach Shifflett (VA, United States), December 11, 2018

- caitirilt, November 19, 2018

- DustyCypress (Hong Kong), May 19, 2018

- airylef, April 15, 2018

- Mutagen, April 4, 2018

- FORN (Dublin, Ireland ), April 2, 2018

- jusw85, March 27, 2018

- Pseudavid, February 13, 2018

- eme, January 23, 2018

- Neuroctopus, December 28, 2017

- Möwe, December 7, 2017

- AKheon (Finland), November 15, 2017

- secretsarathi, October 24, 2017

- A. I. Wulf (India), October 14, 2017

- xochie, September 11, 2017

- karlnp (Vancouver, BC), August 22, 2017


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