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- JoQsh, January 16, 2019

- hoopla, December 21, 2018

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A beautiful six-course meal., November 23, 2018
This game was not my first playthrough of interactive fiction but it is one of my earliest ones. It definitely was a great experience, the descriptions were fantastic and the narrator's way of speaking was a nice touch, darling. This is absolutely, positively one of my favorite games, not only because the food was spectacularly described, but it is indeed grotesque, strange, and fantastical. It is right up my alley.
I got both endings, though neither were particularly satisfying. They fit the story, however, and made sense. I do wish I could have eaten her...I wonder what sort of description she would have...?
A beautiful six-course meal sure to fill your stomach. Bon appetite.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Truly bizarre, but strangely beautiful, October 19, 2018
When I first started plaything this game I didn't really like it. It seemed confusing and I wasn't sure what my purpose was. The writing seemed thick and I had trouble getting going. There was also a shade of the grotesque to it all that I wasn't into at first. But as I stuck with it I eventually came to appreciate it more and more until I was hooked. Groover's writing is wonderful, even operatic at times. The puzzle components were kind of hard to pick out from the flowery prose, but the solutions made sense in the internal logic of the game and every time you completed a "course" the reward was great. I'll definitely play through it again sometime to see how my opinion of it has grown.

- Molly (USA), September 30, 2018

- fooberticus, August 12, 2018

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Visceral, lush, a grotesque escape game, July 17, 2018
by verityvirtue (London)
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Chandler Groover’s work often mixes the decadent with the grotesque, the macabre with the picturesque. Think rotting roses; mouldering filigree.

Here, bound in a prison made of food, your only way out is by eating.

Who knew that eating could be so visceral? This is not just simple eating, it is consumption for consumption’s sake, for pleasure, for satiation. This is not going to be a game for everyone: the descriptions are so detailed as to be cloying, and there is heavy use of cutscenes to denote scene transitions.

This game is generous in allowing the player to backtrack and figure out what to do. As the name suggests, the range of actions available for the player are limited to eating, with the occasional exception clearly signalled - similar, then, to Arthur DiBianca’s games, such as Grandma Bethlinda’s Variety Box and Inside the Facility.

Eat Me resembles Groover’s Bring Me A Head, both in setting and in grotesquerie: both set in crumbling castles, each compartment holding just one singular occupant, doomed, it seems, to pursue their one occupation for the rest of time. Eat Me is not for the faint-hearted, definitely, but well worth playing, perhaps alongside other games with a similar setting.

For a lighter version of an eating-oriented game, try Jenni Polodna’s Dinner Bell; for more of the same, Bring Me a Head and Open That Vein by the same author.

- Seth Fisher (Texas), June 27, 2018

- Bartlebooth, June 14, 2018

- comfortcastle (Sheffield, UK), June 12, 2018

- mrfrobozzo, June 12, 2018

- DustyCypress (Hong Kong), May 19, 2018

- dgtziea, May 9, 2018

- csitrin, April 20, 2018

- G_G, April 16, 2018

- piehole, February 12, 2018

- nosferatu, January 25, 2018

- The Xenographer, January 7, 2018

- Nick Keirle (London, UK), December 29, 2017

- Viko (Canada), December 8, 2017

- Christina Nordlander, December 2, 2017

- ikdc, December 1, 2017

- Wanderlust, November 22, 2017

A Colossal Adventure

It’s something special to be presented with a world, and a single verb, and be told: eat your fill. Enjoy it all. Everything you want to eat, you can.

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This game satisfies the StarKist Tuna Criterion — it is both a tuna that tastes good and has good taste.

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