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Hello, all and sundry! For the next couple weeks I'm going to be reviewing a game from this year's IF Comp every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Up next, it's Tom Delanoy's The Insect Massacre.

The Insect Massacre is a short, maybe 10-15 minute mystery story done in Twine. It deals with a murder on a space station, and to say anything more would be to get into some serious spoilers. The story's structured in pseuodo-script format, with the dialogue timed in short pauses; the effect when you first play through the game is quite neat, but it can be maddening on a replay. It's definitely a game you're going to want to play more than once, and luckily it lets you replay from a critical juncture near the end, which really helps with the timing issue mentioned above. The mystery is quite satisfying once solved, even though I'm sure I'm missing a few pieces. (But ain't that always the way?) The writing itself is very good, and helps build the setting in the beginning and a creeping sense of dread near the end.

Conclusion: Although hampered somewhat by its gimmick, Insect Massacre is a very interesting mystery game, and I highly recommend you check it out.
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