Taller Tech Mauler Mech
This game has me at a bit of a loss. I’m a big fan of Andrew Schultz and probably have had more total fun playing all his games than almost all authors over the last decade.
But this one just doesn’t do it for me. It has an amusing start (reminding me of Five Nights at Freddies), but then it got bogged down.
It uses rhyming pairs; each room name has two words in it, and you must find things that rhyme with those two words and which also are alliterative.
There were two problems for me. The first is that progress seemed to require hitting all of the rhyming pairs the author thought of (at least, some enemies weren’t counted as ‘defeated’ until you had done so), and second, the game didn’t recognize a very large number of rhyming pairs that would logically work. This is almost certainly due to the short timeframe of the game (4 hours), so as a speed IF this game is actually quite remarkable, but as a game in general I found it less successful.
The second thing is bugs; the downloaded and online versions acted differently, with the downloaded version not accepting the command that gives access to the east and west areas. The online version didn’t accept one command in the walkthrough, and the final area could be accessed directly from the beginning of the game if guessed correctly.
Outside of those issues, the game is pretty great; I love the idea of having a showdown with multiple mech monstrosities. Literally the one thing that could take this from a (for me) two star game to a 4 or 5 star game is more polish, but, alas, that is exactly what this specific competition proscribes.