Aotearoa

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Fantasy
Fantasy
Wilderness
Wilderness
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IF Comp 2010
1st of of 26
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XYZZY Awards 2010
Best Game, Best Setting, Best Puzzles,
Best NPCs, Best Individual Puzzle, Best
Implementation, and Best Use of Innovation
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XYZZY Awards 2010
Finalist - Best Individual NPC
Aotearoa
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Author(s) Matt Wigdahl
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 01-Oct-2010
Authoring system Inform 7
Platform(s) Glulx
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Multimedia
Color effects yes, optional
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Ratings
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

The waka floats in the deep ocean, the sun motionless and searing in the clear sky. Māui, the trickster, casts his fishing line into the depths of the ocean, tied to his magic hook made from a human jawbone. Almost immediately the hook catches, and he pulls up an enormous fish that somehow becomes, as you watch, an entire continent. On that new continent magnificent dinosaurs -- taniwha -- prowl the dark forests. Volcanoes dim the sky with smoke and stain the air with the stench of sulfur, but the land is rich and fertile, and Māui's older brothers look on it with greed in their eyes. Māui watches them, deep in thought, with a faraway expression you can't read. Then he turns to look directly into your eyes, and says, "You know that some of my brothers cannot be trusted. You must keep them from carving up this great fish until I return from the gods with the proper karakia."

And suddenly he's gone, flying away into the sun in the form of a seabird, and you're left floating in the waka with Māui's brothers as they smile secret half-smiles to each other and reach for their knives, and you wonder what in the world Māui thinks that you, twelve-year-old Tim Cooper, can do to stop them before they carve up and defile...

Versions

Release 1

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