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Feb 1, 2008 | 7:01 PM EST

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Coil is an experimental flash game with no instruction or clear direction.
Please keep an open mind while playing.

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Coil uses the mouse exclusively.

!flash player 9 required!

-Edmund & Florian

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Reviews


ElTexinatorElTexinator

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Whoa, that was weird.

I took what you say about keeping an open mind seriously... my goodness, that was the weirdest flash I have ever played. I understand the theme and the concept... but it's very hard to put into words.However, the game is amazing and inventive and revolutionary. However, stage 3 was a bit... frustrating, to say the least. Fantastic. Keep up the good work, dude!

God bless ya soul,
El Texinator


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EigenfaceEigenface

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

my kind of flash art

Death coil, huh? This is brilliant. I like how the story is written with human characters, but acted out with these amoebic creatures. The essentials are the same, huh? I like the insights about assimilating pieces of others, growing to hate those pieces, and expelling them, and the euphemism for murder about "drawing others to him." The obscured final words on the last page are an especially clever touch. Unless you're one of these religious nuts, I think "From here there is nothing, like it was before" it a safe bet, although what that means for us, and whether it means anything at all, is hidden until we actually die.

For the most part, I think you succeeded in setting up interesting tasks which require no instruction to figure out - let the player explore the unknown for themselves. I only have one small criticism; some of the tasks are trivially easy and virtually complete themselves. I don't think this is a problem though; the way I see it, this is really a movie rather than a game, with interactivity added between the rails to draw the viewer in and make them feel personally involved with the story, like the classic text adventure Photopia.

Is it just me, or is the mating task easier if you alternately turn away from the other creature and let it hit you with love arrows, and then turn back and hit it? Whenever I "came on too strong", the other creature always seemed to get away. Of course, I could read all sorts of other things into the tasks, no doubt each more Rorschach than the last: separating out your different, intermingled motivations to better understand them, "reaching the bottom" of your psyche and getting your footing while everyone else is trying to socialize you and "hold you up", competing with others for limited opportunities, trying to control your life when you don't know the rules or operating procedures, etc.

The implementation is a deft union of technical expertise and artistry. What's that, verlet particle physics for those swarming cells? Was it the same engine for that long, segmented tentacle? The visual theme and music are at once grotesque and scary, but also beautiful and strangely comforting. You've created an emotionally-captivating atmosphere, a rare achievement, and in my opinion, the holy grail of flash art. My hat is off to you guys. I can only aspire to this level of inspiration.


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LeonLionhartLeonLionhart

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Not bad

There were parts of it that were annoying as hell. The text made it sound as if it was about a rape victim.



shluvenzshluvenz

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is amazing.

Truely one of the best Flash games I've ever played. All you other ones are great but this, this is just outstanding. I'd love to see more like this...
Keep up the amazing work.


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NGReviewer2008NGReviewer2008

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Wow

The lack of instructions and/or plot made it fascinating. Not quite as good when you play it the second time and levels 2 and 3 can be quite frustrating. Still goodwork- a definite 8/10 (4/5) from me =).