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Boxes

by Anastasia Salter

Realism
2014

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An interactive academia metafiction.

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Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: March 29, 2014
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 164E634A-C97D-47AA-900C-4016571E23D1
TUID: ksj2ahbcs819vyfl

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A meditation on futility (in the context of academia), September 21, 2016
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: melancholic
[Time to completion: 20-30 minutes]

The PC is grieving for the loss of their husband, a professor, and they now have to clear his office. This is a short, one-room parser game in which the things you uncover reveal something new in the room.

The tone is weary and cynical: much of the trappings associated with academia elicit remarks on its futility, and the lack of lasting meaning - fitting, considering that the PC is rifling through the trappings of a life in academia.

Implementation is a bit spotty. It's not immediately obvious what triggers the appearance of new items, and some changes are triggered after a seemingly arbitrary number of turns, so it was hard for me to figure out how to finish the game. Some seemingly obvious nouns/actions were unimplemented (Spoiler - click to show)such as >OPEN CARDBOARD giving me "That's not something you can open.".

Boxes is a short meditation on futility and disillusionment, but is unfortunately marred by its less-than-comprehensive implementation.

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