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About the Story'Nootropic Wonderland' takes the well known and loved story of Alice in Wonderland but re-imagines the tale in a
cyber age. Set in the post-apocalyptic ruminants of England Alice Rose, an aspiring engineer living
with her deranged father above an old takeaway in the Jack District ran by the tyrannical Neo-Red,
an infamous crime organisation led by a man called Ace responsible for the productions and
distribution of a highly addictive neurotic drug, street name: ‘Caterpillar’. But it turns out Neo-Red
has bigger plans than just street deals and drive bys. Alice’s only hopes of stopping them from
destroying her town, is to team up with the cynical android Lapin.
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Nootropic Wonderland is a linear (and seemingly unfinished) Twine that needs another round of proofreading, but these are minor quibbles. More importantly, it's a cyberpunk take on the story, which could be great if it was either less generic or else took itself less seriously. I'm afraid simply rehashing 35-year-old tropes doesn't quite cut it in 2017, especially when there's no substance to back them up. Why are people so afraid of the patrolling drones with their searchlights? Is police brutal? Is there supposed to be a curfew at night? Or maybe they're just a symbol of the uncaring rich people living atop those silvery spires while the street crumbles? At least a gang beating up on anyone passing by, human or android, could be explained as a show of force that announces bigger trouble -- as the ending, such as it is, in fact seems to suggest.
But that's very little to go by. The story needs to be seriously fleshed out, and could use a little interactivity as well. Even just being able to click on things and get progressively detailed descriptions before moving on would help a lot. Luckily it seems to be a work in progress, so that's not out of the question, hopefully. Until then, take with a grain of salt.
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