Stranger Than Fiction

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Moon Logic Enterprised has recovered several stone tablets from a tower just discovered on what was thought a lifeless planet. It's up to you, a professor of xenolinguistices, to translate the text and unlock alien mysteries, in Stranger Than Fiction by Stuart Madafiglio. A puzzle rumination on life, the universe, and everything, the game's cryptogram challenges are rather on the easy side, but overall it is a meditative, original, and quietly satisfying peak into another world.

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Hey, while you're translating, pay attention to

what the alphabet is doing.

It usually

spells out a word related to

the puzzle. I solved a couple of levels using this trick without even reading the puzzle until I was done. I like this one.

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vyrastra Author Profile Page March 13, 2013 2:41 PM

At the risk of overselling, this is WONDERFUL. A deep and moving little story .

Yes, it's a little too easy--I wish there was a sequel (looks like the ending left a little room for more) that's harder. But that's only testament to how solid this offering is.

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baileydonk Author Profile Page March 14, 2013 12:20 AM

It won't load for me, with IE or Firefox. Suggestions?

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It's an HTML5 game, so it probably won't work in IE. I did get the game to load in both Firefox and Chrome, on both Windows 7 and Mac OS X. Try reloading the page in Firefox.

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I wonder if there will be a sequel.

There certainly were a few loose ends. What about Mendik? Are we to accept that he just happened to have lightning strike him and his bricks repeatedly? Was it coincidence? Or just a story told by their civilization, corrupted to explain the tower? Or might there be something more to it?

And what eventually became of their civilization?

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hikari no sakura Author Profile Page March 14, 2013 8:48 PM

What happened to Mendik was probably quite simple if you take a step back and think about what was he doing at that time. He was on top of a very tall tower, the highest point in the entire area, during a thunderstorm. He was making himself a living lightening rod. Notice how the bricks got stuck when he held them up.

So much for being a scientist...

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Hey, what do y'all make of the levels:

2nd of Advent, the 6th of Believer and the 4th of Ascent, where

the alphabet

seems to be in no particular order?

All the others made some sort of sense...

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throwawayx3t Author Profile Page March 15, 2013 12:33 AM

Didn't really care for this at all. The gameplay was trivially simple. The story was intriguing for a while, but the ending was enough of a downer that it felt like a waste of time at the end.

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Svarta Svansen Author Profile Page July 18, 2014 8:37 PM

Huh. Surely Firefox hasn't updated so drastically in a year as to render the source code obsolete and the game unplayable. I get the start screen complete with music and chapter select buttons that light up when you mouseover, but clicking them does nothing.

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I'm having the same problem but not only in Firefox. In FF and Chrome on another site I only get the music and no title screen even. Clicking around blindly doesn't matter. Maybe something to do with changes in HTML5 standards?

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