IF Competition Discussion: Reconciling Mother

“Reconciling Mother” to follow.

I cannot say what this game is about, because I didn’t play far enough to find out. Implementation was extremely sketchy and I gave up after a few dozen turns; details follow the spoiler space.

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I start the game with no particular direction or motivation. Things are inexplicably capitalized. I find a pendant, which I am told I cannot wear. I enter a tunnel and wander around in what seems to be a maze. Then I get this interaction:

>e
Snow Cave Death
You continued going East down the snow cave. You travel quite some distance, listening to that cracking sound. Suddenly the sound of cracking gets louder. The floor beneath you collapses and you fall a great distance in the dark before you die.

>e
You can’t go that way. There are no obvious exits.

>n
You can’t go that way. There are no obvious exits.

>w
You can’t go that way. There are no obvious exits.

>s
You can’t go that way. There are no obvious exits.

>i
You are carrying a Pendant and a Cave Flashlight.

>x me
You look the same as usual.

>look
Snow Cave Death
You continued going East down the snow cave. You travel quite some distance, listening to that cracking sound. Suddenly the sound of cracking gets louder. The floor beneath you collapses and you fall a great distance in the dark before you die.

But, er, I didn’t die! I’m not dead! I’m just in limbo. And the room descriptions are apparently crafted along the same principles as those in Detective. Do not put descriptions of one-time events into a static room description!

5 thoughts on “IF Competition Discussion: Reconciling Mother

  1. I played this for about an hour and a half before giving up. Although I developed a somewhat better sense of what was going on, I still have no idea of what I was supposed to do to reach a successful ending.

  2. Go west from the penultimate room, sadly enough. I actually think this one may share another trait with Detective in that it may be completable using nothing but directional commands.

  3. You are correct:

    W.W.N.U.N.N.N.N.D.W.W.W.E.D.E.U.W

    Of course, that misses out on about 160 other rooms, dozens of items, and some really “out there” conversations and events. I’m thinking about writing a full, exploratory walkthrough for it. This is really a pretty huge game (it took me about five and a half hours to see what I think must be pretty close to all of it). It’s not a *good* game, sadly, but it’s sure as heck memorable.

    I’ll be putting my review up soon. Maybe tomorrow morning.

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