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Secretnet

by 31eee384 - Competition Entry

Welcome to the world of IRC.

Shady business takes place in this channel of libertynet, and it's your job as an investigative reporter to get to the bottom of this. Type carefully--you may end up with regrets.

Controls:
* Click on a green-highlighted word to view dialogues choices you can make based on it.
* After clicking a word, click on a choice from the input box below.

That's it! Unless you want to skip by text rapidly--just click and hold in the scrolling-text part of the screen. I heavily recommend not doing this on your first playthrough though!

Oh, and just so everyone's aware, there IS an alternative ending if you get 100% completion. Is it worth it? You decide.

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Ratings

Gameplay4.14
Fun4.43
#8Presentation4.29
#16Coolness10%

Comments

31eee384 says ...
Jun 27, 2011 @ 5:18am

I'm interested in how long my game takes people to complete. If you notice this, could you take a note of when you started and finished, and include that in a comment along with the % complete you got? Thanks for satisfying a curious mind. :)

LegacyCrono says ...
Jun 27, 2011 @ 6:07am

Wow, that was awesome! Great job :D
Got 100%, 20 min to finish it.

Jigxor says ...
Jun 27, 2011 @ 11:30am

"Lost" in 6 minutes. I'm playing again now. Absolutely love it so far! The atmosphere is amazing and the story is tight... have you read "The Cybergypsies" by any chance?

psychicparrot says ...
Jun 28, 2011 @ 1:47am

Brilliant! Excellent atmosphere and a great concept :)

I think I spent around 20 minutes playing it a couple of times. Thanks!

Jigxor says ...
Jun 28, 2011 @ 4:16am

I lost again in about 10 minutes... but I lost the same way and it was a bit annoying because I thought I'd done every other option available so I didn't know what to do.

Despite that, I love the atmosphere and the presentation. The characters really feel like they have their own personalities and it's very immersive. Great job!

31eee384 says ...
Jun 28, 2011 @ 5:02am

@Jigxor: Sorry to hear that, it's not meant to be that hard. Just a little tip that might help: when car0t leaves, some conversation areas are unavailable. You can get a < 100% completion win simply by going through the main topics left-to-right with two passes, although to get the full 100% you'll have to play with your ordering.

Better luck next time, if you choose to try it again. :)

Jun 28, 2011 @ 5:18pm

Infreakingcredible. I love the typing sound effects. I love the look. I love the plot. The writing is excellent. I love that you don't actually have to type - clicking made it more fun. Such a well crafted character drama, with different personalities, some intrigue, betrayal... kitten smuggling... this game has everything. Top notch.

I lost - 93% after about 12 minutes.

rhockman says ...
Jun 28, 2011 @ 5:35pm

I like everything about this game.
I ended sending to kill car0t, supously a bad ending... but it didn't feel so bad :)

31eee384 says ...
Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:48pm

One of my additions to the game would be to label the good vs. bad endings, heh. The car0t kill order is supposed to be the good ending, but it's not really "good". An ironic "congratulations, you won" could be chuckle-worthy, perhaps.

It's interesting, though... calling them "good" and "bad" endings kind of doesn't fit. They're more like "complete" vs. "incomplete" endings, regarding your investigation.

Glad to hear that it's being enjoyed! It was fun to make. :D

Winterblood says ...
Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:55pm

Nicely presented and great atmosphere!

31eee384 says ...
Jun 29, 2011 @ 3:02am

I know I'm commenting quite a few times on my own game, but I think I should mention something. You know you've gotten the "complete" ending when you learn Seeker's true name. So if you want to play it all the way through, now you know what you're looking for.

Jun 29, 2011 @ 8:29pm

Amazing script!
The game is quite simple, but it's soul is a jewel!
Awesome job you should be proud!

Radiatoryang says ...
Jun 29, 2011 @ 11:33pm

No idea what I could've done differently to get 100%... still, really cool game

ashes999 says ...
Jun 30, 2011 @ 3:42pm

I am amazed at the way you pulled off this theme in an IRC game. In contrast, I made basically a formal, interactive story setting; here, we have dialogue, chat, etc.

I got 93% the first time (100% the second time), took about 5-10 minutes. Very riveting story and theme, and very authentic IRC look. Reminds me of my IRC days :)

Danik says ...
Jun 30, 2011 @ 5:12pm

Nice game, good writing! I lost once, but had to try it again to finish it. The typing animation and sound effect is a nice touch.

ashes999 says ...
Jul 3, 2011 @ 4:31am

Awesome.

zomboid says ...
Jul 3, 2011 @ 8:06pm

I played 3 times in 20 minutes, finally getting to 100%. Fun! I really liked it.

Chaoseed says ...
Jul 7, 2011 @ 1:28am

It's a great presentation, it really feels like IRC. I could definitely see this working for lots of different stories. The only problem is...I wasn't too impressed with THIS story. I got to a point (93% completion) where the only option left was to request a kill. What possible reason would I have for that? Just to advance the story? I decided to stop playing instead.

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