OK! I normally don’t do reviews because I can’t say anything bad about someone’s hard work, but everything I’ve played has really impressed me. So I’m going to do some short reviews of petite mort games in EctoComp, and they will all be positive.
I will start by saying that EVERYONE else managed to do at LEAST twice the writing I managed in 4 hours, and I’m staggered by how good you all are. These are really, really fun.
Spoilers in all of these, and more to follow!
First up (in the order in which I played)
1.) The Fishing Cat
I actually played this one before the Comp opened, as MuffiTuffiWuffi was nice enough to send it to me for a general eyeballing.
Sixteenth century Paris! A group of students think their neighbor is a witch who turns into a cat! Gory (a cat is killed, so be warned, tenderhearts), funny, lots of ambience and vomit, a creepy turn at the end. And it really does feel like you’re making choices, when a lot of these small games feel very on the rails (understandably for the time limit).
2.) This Person Is Not My Father
The writing of this is very sad and unsettling—very effective. Your father changes from the most awesome Dad ever to someone you don’t know, over staggered stages of your life from small child to adult. When you’re young, you think perhaps he’s become a vampire. When you’re older, it’s clear he’s ill… perhaps with dementia? Anyway, it ends sweetly and sadly. I’ll play this one again to see if I can get a different ending.
You have to save a girl who has fallen into the Lido (since I’m from the US, I had to look up what a Lido is: a public part of a beach). Bad things happen to you as you swim… especially if you drink the water. Tentacles happen. People become monsters. I could only get one ending in multiple tries (the game says there are three endings), but since that was still a whopping amount of story for the short time limit, I’m pretty impressed.
4.) Weary Eerie Way
I love word play games, and this one makes great use of pig latin. There are monsters to fight and outwit, but they’re silly monsters with pig latin names, and the whole thing is just fun, and took a lot of thought to write. A helpful note: Check your inventory often… often things just appear in it after you earn points or go places, and it may take you a while to notice you have them.
5.) Return to Castle Veederstone …for the first time …for the last time
This was totally awesome, until a bug kicked me out after the laugh-out-loud send-up of “The Raven.” Still, I gave it 5 stars because I can’t believe how much there was, and how funny and campy and good all of it was. My favorite of what I’ve played so far. “The murderwoman cometh” section was so fantastic that I laughed until I cried.