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Review: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan 2006 Book My love affair with Shaun Tan started when my mother called me up saying that she had found a book that “…you would just love. It’s just weird and you.” Which is a fair enough assessment considering we both have a penchant for…

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Review: Joanna Walsh’s SEED

SEED by Joanna Walsh Illustrated by Charlotte Hicks 2017 Interactive Fiction Best accessed on a mobile device. SEED is written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Charlotte Hicks, and follows the tale of an 18-year old girl during four months of her life in the late 1980s. This story, one…

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Review: Zoe Quinn’s Depression Quest

Depression Quest by Zoe Quinn 2013 Hypertext / Twine Game Steam / Play for Free I know, the title doesn’t scream ‘thrilling-thing-you-want-to-do’ but bear with me for a second. Depression Quest is an interactive Twine game with collaborators Patrick Lindsey and Issac Schankler. You play as someone living with depression…

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Review: Hana Feels by Gavin Inglis

Hana Feels by Gavin Inglis Interactive story / Twine game 2015 I’m always anxious about reading fiction about depression. There’s a tendency towards romanticising mental illness – or at least the ‘pretty’ side of mental illness – that rubs me the wrong way. Fortunately, Hana Feels might be about depression,…

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Review: The Domovoi by Kevin Snow

The Domovoi by Kevin Snow Twine game / Hypertext 2014 The Domovoi is one of two games created by Kevin Snow and available on his Bravemule website, with a third being created and funded by Kickstarter. The Domovoi draws its inspiration from a mythical creature of Slavic origins. Whilst at…

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Review: Lifeline by 3 Minute Games

Lifeline by 3 Minute Games Mobile app / Text adventure Steam / iTunes / Google Play 2016 There’s a tendency in interactive fiction for authors to use fairly dry, prosaic description to bring players into their worlds. It works, but perhaps it’s fair to say that there is room for…

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