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Invasion (Cat Manning)


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Invasion

Cat Manning's Invasion, with art by Kerstin Hall, is an unsettling text adventure about a young woman on the run at the end of the world. Pursued by creatures able to imperfectly imitate other humans and out to devour her, she's doing what she needs to in order to survive, scraping by day after day with only her memories for comfort... if only the things on her heels didn't want to glut themselves on those, too. To play, just click the words that appear bold and slightly larger than others. This can advance the story, but you may also need it to make decisions from time to time. Invasion is short, but still manages to paint an intriguing and thoroughly unsettling snapshot of the apocalypse through the use of solid writing that conveys its imagery and desperation very well. In between feverish running and scrabbling to survive, you learn a little more about our heroine through brief but evocative flashbacks to the people important to her, while the tidbits of life after the invasion itself, and the creatures within it, though you'll likely be left wanting more no matter which of the abrupt endings you get. It won't take you very long to read through, though there's room to replay and try out other options, most of which unlock other memories or are largely cosmetic, but if you prefer your science fiction and horror to be grounded with people, Invasion is more than worth the time.

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SmallFish January 22, 2016 1:41 AM

A lgbqt character runs in a forest, remembering her past girlfriends, while a hideous "man-thing" chases her. Later in the game a

seven-year old boy turns out to be a monster as well.

Oh, and at some point

a man crouches over the body of his husband, weeping bitterly.

I don't know if this is in poor taste but I lolled half through the game. Other than the subtlety of a jackhammer, a pretty good plot idea though.

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