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Reviews for "Playing With Letters"

What a ride! I wish there were more games like this out there. This game was both mentally stimulating and psychologically thrilling. The story was engaging, and the puzzles were clever and well-constructed, and some were pretty difficult. I felt a bit like Sherlock Holmes solving them, which was a very enjoyable feeling. :) The music was powerful too, and aided a lot in the psychological effect. And that ending though...I actually got a chill when I pieced it together.
Pretty amazing what you can achieve with just text and audio. Well done!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Hey, it's great that you enjoyed the game :)
I suppose that I too wished there would be more games like this out there, which is why I created a couple of them! If you felt like Sherlock Holmes, and it gave you a gratifying feeling, I suppose my work here is done, hehe :p

I'm also happy to hear you enjoyed the music, since I made that myself, as well! In fact, I made the music before actually making the game, though I already had thought out the idea and concept for it.
Thanks a lot for the review, dreadpiratekat!

This was by far my favorite game out of the few I played tonight! :D I got lost on some levels, though I completed the other ones within ten seconds. I searched for some of the answers, and I was actually disappointed in myself for doing so because I realized I was on the right track; I just needed a little more time. I can see the mental benefits of playing what you call "psychology" games. I realized that on each of the difficult levels, I tended to think outside the box for about the first minute or so, but over the course of a few minutes, my thinking would become more rigid, and then solving the puzzle seemed impossible. I recognize this tendency of mine from my high school math courses: if I was able to solve complex algebraic problems within the first one or two attempts, I would seem like an expert, but if I failed the first couple of attempts, I would seem like a quitter.

The puzzles are well designed. I think the game's difficulty is perfect, and I actually like that the levels are not in order of increasing difficulty. The storyline seems to be generic (I don't know why I'm saying this when I've barely played any games of this genre); however, the narrator is a very interesting character! It's interesting how you were able to put yourself in the position of such as person in order to make the narration so engaging.

Did you make the typeface? You might not want to follow my advice on this because, as I told you, I have poor vision that can't be fixed with glasses, so I'm of a small minority, but the text was extremely difficult to read. The size is fine; the problem is that the individual letters aren't distinct enough. I think there should have been more contrast in the type design.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you very much! For playing the game, and for leaving this nice review :D

The difficulty definitely doesn't increase exponentially, which is an interesting touch on my part. I'm not even sure myself exactly why I did it, but I do remember me wanting the first puzzle to be first, and the last puzzle to be last. So when one of the more difficult puzzles was already at the start, perhaps I decided to focus on an interesting game, instead of a perfectly balanced one :)

Don't worry abut looking up answers; a lot of people have done that. Who knows, maybe I would've myself too? If one is unlucky, sometimes a certain puzzle simply doesn't click, whereas the following two might do so immediately. This game also requires quite a bit of patience, I'm sure, along with some free time.

I've come to the conclusion that the difficulty is apt too, and I'm glad you feel the same :)
Since there are about an even amount saying the game's too easy, and too hard, and those who think it's good, chances are it's fairly balanced in that respect, for what kind of a game it is.

I too would place these in the more abstract and difficult to define, "psychological game" sub-genre. Quite obviously, since I've been inspired by games of that same nature. I'm especially happy that you liked this one a bit more than the other games you played last night!

The story itself is quite simple indeed, and has a continuation in the sequel which I released last year. As you analyzed, I placed the focus on the narrator, villain, or what have you. I guess specifically, on making the dialogue interesting, while still being relevant for the "puzzles", if you will. As we've talked about, I enjoy when games have a good atmosphere, which I tried to accomplish in this game. Partly, through the music I composed for this game, before even making it!

I actually took some steps to be able to go into character (some of which included listening to certain types of music, and performing thought experiments). That probably wasn't necessary, but if the result is good I'm not going to complain :D

Sorry about the font. Your criticism is very vaild, not only because of your vision, since other people have complained as well. I think the style was the right to go with, as that got a fair deal of praise. But the actual execution could've been pulled off better. A lot of people try pressing "2" instead of "Z" in the beginning, for instance.

Thanks again for your well thought out and written review! I appreciate it very much :)
Perhaps someday when you feel like it, you'll try out the sequel ^ ^

I've never played a game like this before, but this was just fantastic! I loved the story line and how it gives you the answer, you just have to logically find it and put it together!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks, insomniacaddict! I'm glad you liked the game :)
I wanted to make a text-based game that was a bit different than most, and indeed I also wanted to place a huge focus on the story and atmosphere ^ ^

Really unique game, really clever and thought provoking. Also surprisingly creepy! Absolutely loved it and can't wait to play the sequel. I will tell the truth though, I totally cheated with an anagram solver app >_< Thank you for bringing such a special game to the table.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for the review, llamareform!
I'm glad you liked the game :D
Using help from outside of the box is not cheating! In fact, the second game even encourages it ;)
I hope you'll enjoy the sequel as well!

Amazing game! I remember trying to play it before and needing walkthroughs to get through the first one just like now (I thought the term was "clocksmith" for some reason). The link to the secret ending just leads me to a blank page with nowhere to input the password. Can you please fix that?

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Glad you liked it!
Yeah, the game is definitely fairly difficult ^ ^

The link used to be viewable online, but now you have to press the big download button that's on the page, and enter the password once you locally open the document. I'll edit the description so that it'll be clearer for people later on :)