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About the StorySince the spores came life has been happier. How could it not be? For now stress is fatal and all who remain alive must remain calm...
20th Place - 17th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2011)
The game features a series of starting choices regarding how you've managed to remain calm, and these have a profound effect on how the game is played. Almost all challenges within the game can be solved in more than two ways.
In this version:
Streamlined locations and puzzles
Richer descriptions and story elements
A comprehensive inbuilt hint mode
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The descriptions are atmospheric and evocative; coupled with the smooth implementation, it's a rewarding world to just wander through.
There are, however, some issues that keep this good game from being a great game.
First, the player's mood is a two-axis scale described by a single adjective. While I must applaud the author's vocabulary, it left me constantly guessing. I would have preferred two quantitative values to one qualitative one, although I suspect other players may disagree.
Second, while multiple solutions and implicit actions are both good mechanics, I don't think they work that well in conjunction. The game allows various items to be used for various acts and automatically picks one of them if you don't specify. Since items are everywhere and there's no carrying capacity, most actions succeed without you really having to think about them. Again, some people may like this; I found it too Nemean-Lion-ish. Occasionally the games choices didn't make sense, either (smashing a lock with a bottle).
Third, the starting quests feel pointless to me. For instance, one requires you to gather food, but you never need the food, and you aren't penalized nor does the quest revert to incomplete if you eat all the food or drop it.
Still, it's a well-realized game and I found myself returning to it. My concerns may not bother other players at all. Calm is worth checking out.
The customization is fun, and a sliding scale of emotions is provided in the corner.
However, this ambitious game falls short in execution with a wide variety of bugs, mainly synonym bugs. This causes frustration.
Overall, recommended for the beginning.
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