I’d like to play an old school parser-game with my daughter this weekend.
Looking for something with a lot of atmosphere, not so tricky puzzles, child-friendly and which could be completed in about an hour.
Does anyone have any recommendations? We’re reading Tom’s Midnight Garden at the moment, and she loves it – if that helps.
Molly and the Butter Thieves - Details (ifdb.org)
Beautiful landscapes, intruiging palace, a very funny intro, just-right puzzles.
I agree with Rovarsson’s recommendation. Two other games that are both beautiful and in the same setting (one much easier than the others) are:
both of which revolve around magical creatures in a magic garden, with Blue Lettuce having simple writing and commands and Starry Seeksorrow having complex story and commands.
There are a few of us at this stage in life! I was given some recommendations here, so will pass them on:
Request for Beta-Testers for ParserComp Game: Daddy's Birthday - #9 by Warrigal
I’ll also toss in SIX by Wade Clarke.
Your name is Harriet Leitner, and you and your twin sister Demi turned six this morning! You're having a fancy dress birthday party, and this afternoon you'll be playing Hide and Seek Tip over in the park. You can't wait to catch all your friends.
A Change in the Weather could be good.
To actually get the “best ending” is crazy difficult BUT…
There’s lots of ways to end the game in a way that feels satisfying
No bad language
It has a fox!
Individual smaller puzzles (how to open the shed) are not difficult in and of themselves
It’s beautifully written, if it wasn’t for the puzzle elements it could be one of the IF Art games I’ve been posting about.
If whimsy is your game,
The Wizard Sniffer is an excellent choice.
If you don’t mind me plugging one of my own games, I think she’d like
The Witch’s Apprentice. You play the part of a young girl who is just about to start her apprenticeship with Broomhilda, the witch.
It’s an Adventuron game that can be played in a browser and has some cute graphics. A couple of the puzzles are a bit tricky, but you can help her out with those. It’s mostly two-word input.