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Stranger Than Fiction

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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...

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...

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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