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RED AMAZON

Best regarded as a short experiment in environmental storytelling, Tom van den Boogaart's deceptively serene free indie game RED AMAZON opens quietly, with you peering out the window a small house in the middle of nowhere. Boxes are stacked against the walls. A fire crackles cheerily. Outside, the weather is overcast, but calm. Why not go for a walk? Use the [arrow] keys to move, and click to interact when your targeting square expands. (Yes, the game is over when it closes itself on you at the final sequence.) The less said about RED AMAZON the better, since while it's short, most likely at around five minutes, if much more, piecing together the story by picking up on subtle details in your environment is a large part of the appeal. While some may find the gameplay too short or simplistic and the abstract storytelling abrupt, others will appreciate the finely crafted atmosphere that's rich with tension and "show, don't tell" style narrative. RED AMAZON feels like a bit of a tease for how quickly its over, but one meaty with potential to carry a much bigger experience if it were expanded upon. If you like short fiction, give RED AMAZON a try. Though it may leave you hungry for more, it's still a tasty morsel on its own.

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6 Comments

This is was pretty good! I enjoyed "solving" the "puzzle" (mainly through exploration, thankfully the map wasn't unfeasibly large). I wonder how many endings there are.

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Man, if there was a point to this, I did not get it at all.

Okay, sure, we shot the guy. Was he trying to hunt us down? Were we the camper, squatting in his house? What was the deal with the weird skull area?

I appreciate showing, but right now I'm feeling rather underwhelmed.

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Am I missing something?

I collected the gun and found three bullets. Then, when I returned to the house, a car was there, as was another fellow with a gun. Twice I tried to win a shootout between me and the guy, but I couldn't figure out how to load or shoot the gun. Both times he shot me, and then the game restarted. Am I missing something, or is that the only ending possible? Thanks!

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I forgot I ever downloaded this game until half an hour ago when I just came across it by accident. I finally played it and despite its shortness it's absolutely excellent. Nothing wrong with a little mystery.

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