Moon-Shaped

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Fantasy
Fantasy
Wilderness
Wilderness
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IF Comp 2006
5th of 43
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XYZZY Awards 2006
Finalist - Best Story and Best NPCs
Moon-Shaped
Author(s) Jason Ermer
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 30-Sep-2006
Authoring system Inform 7
Platform(s) Z-code 8
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Multimedia
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Ratings
Cruelty scale Polite

How It Begins

You are Rosalind Wechsler, almost 13 years old and the daughter of Gretchen and Rolf, carrying your wicker basket. You stand in the main room of your home where you see the dining table and chairs, the stove, your clothes chest, and your bed. On the table is a jar of honey, a bottle of wine, and a loaf of bread. Your mother's room is north, and the front porch is east.

It's almost your birthday, but you can hear your mother crying behind her door like she does every year. (An accident involving your father and brother happened when you were very young.) Although you understand her grief, you are angry that you are ignored. Also, your grandmother promised to visit and didn't. You decide to check up on her, taking some goodies with you to her house in the woods, and leave your mother to her mourning.

Notable Features

  • The game is loosely based on the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood" blended with another equally well-known story.
  • The first meeting of the PC and the wolf is done as a long cutscene, broken into digestable passages with pauses.
  • Internal help menus based on context. The help menu only lists topics about what you've seen so far.
  • Backstory is revealed mostly via flashbacks associated with particular items or locations. It is possible to learn the names of nine members of the PC's family tree.
  • Multiple endings. The endings are numbered from 1 to 8.

Trivia and Comments

  • License and copyright: Copyright © Jason Ermer 2006. Moon-Shaped may be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge. Selling or including this work in any for-profit or commercial compilation without prior written consent of the author is prohibited. In all cases this copyright notice must remain intact.

Versions

Release 1

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