Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box
Congratulations! You've found Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box! Why, what does it do? You haven't the faintest idea. But when curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back, so start poking around. All you can do is discover and have fun in this interactive fiction puzzle game by Arthur DiBianca. It starts off with a simple, plain looking box. But the more you poke, pull, crank, and solve, the more entertainment arrives out of it. With no way to fail besides giving up, this box is a treat for all players who can read and type. With its cute descriptions and sassy display screen the box is equipped with, you'll wish Grandma Bethlinda left even more behind. Find your way to the surprise inside by interacting with what is presented to you. Things are ever changing and you'll realize that this simple little box is holding a lot more than you could ever have imagined.
I have a love/hate relationship with text based games. Most are filled with amazing adventures and brilliant stories and run on your imagination, but the freedom of actions that are based on what you type is what brings to me endless frustration. Do I "push" something or "shove" it? Did the synonym of the word cause it to not work, or is it just not the right object I was looking for? Is that not the right command, or did I just spell something wrong!? Ahh! The frustration! But Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box fixes this issue with only letting you do four things; Examine ("X"for short), Look ("L"), Wait ("Z"), and "Undertake to Interact With" ("U" ...thankfully). Some may at first think this really limits the game, but I politely say "Not at all!". There is a lot to investigate with this box, and when you think it must be wrapping up it keeps going. You just try different things and be aware of the cause and effect changing at times. But you will never be stuck long enough to find you're not having fun anymore. If something is tripping you up, you just begin your list of commands with what you can see before you. If you're new to text based adventures, then this is a perfect start. If you are a fan, then you definitely don't want to miss out.