As the Village Turns

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Given a choice between one or the other, is it better to have stronger personal relationships or longer life? This is part of Mihail's dilemma; he has an illness that presents him with limited options, both day and night. Play this interactive art/experimental game using arrows to move and [space] to interact; play more than once to see the full scoop of conversations and each of the two endings. What does it all mean? Well, that's up to you. The important things in life are always a matter of perspective.

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kainfury May 9, 2012 10:08 PM

I ate the Priest first. I couldn't stand him scolding me all the time. I don't care if I go to Hell for that.

czaerana May 9, 2012 11:54 PM

I cried a bit at my funeral. Then I played again and took the other path. Yum.

Tofuninja5489 May 10, 2012 3:30 AM

I wish that there was a way to make the game screen bigger.I particularly liked the games visual even though it was simple.

also is there anyway to

cure yourself? I find that I have to bite at least one person to save myself to talk to the doctor more and I was doing fairly well until someone bit the doctor at night as well.


When you click comments and questions, it opens another instance of the game instead of the review.

[Thanks, fixed. -Jay]


I loved this. I couldn't figure out how to

cure myself, unfortunately. I can talk to the doctor multiple times per day, but always have to bite at least once before I can make any progress.


One thing that I have noticed that may help your decision-making process:

When you choose someone at night, they seem to choose a house close to them the next night.


After seven additional playthroughs,and a loosely kept log of conversations, I don't think

finding a cure

is possible.

Along the Claudius conversation path

I spoke to Claudius twice a day for a full week, feeding only when absolutely necessary to keep myself alive, and still couldn't find a cure. I'm not sure if this is because certain characters seem to die right after their plots sort of wrap up, or because of some predetermined way the other villagers choose...

For the most indepth playthrough, with the most background I started with Farmer Gheorge, intending to work my way through each character.
Farmer Gheorge revealed

Mihail's father killed two men in the village, his own brother, and Lumberjack Constantin. And Nebun's father disappeared that night as well.

I'd start there, and then complete each family member's stories in turn.

Probably my favorite character was the Lumberjack. He had such a poignant outlook.

He has a list of quotes he repeats that I just love... Listed them all the spoiler tag below

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

A wise man knows himself to be a fool.

Better to act twice than lose your way once.

Bravery is being the only person who knows you are afraid.

One leak will destroy a ship and one sin will destroy a sinner.

Sow an act and you reap a habit.

Your father was just an ordinary man, he could not help doing what he did.

The best way to suppose what may come, is to remember what has passed.

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.

Can you believe the same god that made the sun, also made the allergy?

Death is sometimes a punishment, sometimes a gift; to many it comes as a favor.

Illness is not something a person has, it is a different way of being. You are no different from the other people in this town, Mihail.

Always put off till tomorrow what you should not do at all.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I leave before being left. I decide.

basenicar May 15, 2012 5:45 PM

I have found three different endings so far.

You die but the village lives - I just let myself die and didn't eat anyone

Your village dies and you die with it - i ate a bunch of people and talked mostly to the doctor and priest

Your Village lives on forever - I talked mostly to the creepy guy on the bottom left and only ate a few ppl.


To expand on basenicar's comment:

The village lives forever

This is if you eat enough to keep yourself alive, but in the process eat enough villagers. You know you've gotten the ending when the last person you eat fully satisfies your hunger.

You die, but the village lives.

Don't eat anyone!

You die, and the village dies with you.

This happens when you bite a villager, but still allow yourself to starve to death

youismakingmecrazy May 16, 2012 5:55 PM

I'm sorry but... how the heck do you get this guy to sleep in his bed??? It seems the only option I have each day is to talk until all energy is wasted..


I think I know what his "skin condition" is.

He's a vampire


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