healyg: (apology)
Sorry for the delay, guys. Nothing serious, I just got too distracted to keep up. Anyway, to make up for it, here's two Shufflecomp reviews!

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healyg: (apology)
Let's get back into the swing of things, shall we?

Currently I'm reading A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which is a comic autobiography about the early days of the gekiga movement. I'm liking it so far, but I keep mixing people and events up; I think a glossary or a dramatis personae would've helped here.

Also, I played through Molly and the Butter Thieves by Cosmic Hamster from ShuffleComp, and I really liked it! It was a very sweet game that plays around with fairy folklore. Definitely one for the "recommend" pile.
healyg: (Book Reading)
False Mavis
By Litany Brisket
Based on the songs Burning Rope by Genesis and Long Lankin by Steeleye Span.

False Mavis is a horror game implemented in Twine. It takes most of its plot from the ballad performed by Steeleye Span, but there are some allusions to Burning Rope scattered around the game as well. That's as far as I can describe the game without getting into heavy spoilers, so lemme just put the rest of this under a tag.

The game starts out with the player, as the nurse, gradually locking down the house, in what appears at first as an attempt to protect the house from the villainous Long Lankin, but soon it starts to dawn on you that this may have a more sinister motive. This is a good reflection of the Steeleye Span song, I think, where the nurse's role is not clear until a good ways in. Lankin himself is a composite of several versions of the character, including the (possibly apocryphal) theory that he was a sufferer of leprosy.


Although based on the song, False Mavis has a few twists and turns of its own, including a truly horrifying main ending, which stayed in my mind for the rest of the day. Be aware of that fact, especially if you're squicked by body horror.


Recommended? Yes, but maybe stay away if you dislike horror media.
healyg: (Healslime)
Just a quick update: Shufflecomp games have been released! You can play a good amount of them online, and Gargoyle should take care of the rest. Which game did I submit? Not telling! (It's supposed to be a secret, you see.) But I will be reviewing some of these games shortly, maybe even starting today. Because of the unusual voting structure of the competition, where both negative and positive reviews count as a "yes" vote, the positive reviews will be posted publicly while the negative ones will be friend-locked. After the competition is over, I'll de-lock the negative reviews so that everyone can see them. I hope that's satisfactory to everyone. Until next time!

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