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To Burn in Memory

by Orihaus

Historical
2015

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A visually and verbally dense/rich CYOA game about a lost city and melancholy, February 3, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: IF Comp 2015
To Burn in Memory is an IFComp 2015 game. It has a visual style very different from other CYOA games such as Twine. It is all black with intricate white tracings underneath the text, and a series of icons on either side of the screen indicates what objects you pick up.

The writing style matches the visual richness. The opening line is a good example:‘Breathtaking isn't it?’ says Salandré, gesturing out over the vista, ‘Here is the city as I saw it — empty, painted in rust and gold, below tormented skies writhing in cruel fire.’ she continues, in a tone somewhere between opera and pantomime. ...

The gameplay consists of exploring an abandoned city, activating stored memories, and gathering keys to open different doors.

The game has a strong sense of melancholy. Because of its stylistic innovations, everyone should try out the first part of the game, until you've gathered a few items. Those who want to can then continue.