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« on: December 12, 2007, 01:23:46 PM »


In the frosty north, beneath the wing of a crashed triplane, two rival aces – Lucas Thane, knight of the air, and Imelda von Strassenbach, the Scarlet Baroness – huddle together for warmth.  Love is inevitable.  But what kind of relationship will they have?

Snowblind Aces is a short, replayable adventure/romance game, tangy with the taste of sweet, sweet tiger sauce...

Features:

  • TADS 3 game, interpreters available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Windows executable version also available.
  • A short game with the emphasis on decisions rather than puzzles.
  • Adaptive hint system helps out if you get stuck.
  • State-of-the-art 'English words' graphics system, 100% future proof.
  • Yours for the rock bottom price of COMPLETELY FREE.

10% of all proceeds go to the Icekin Preservation Fund.  Help protect our shared ecological heritage.



Okay, I won't be able to work on this again until after Christmas, so here's your download links:

The .t3 file can be found here - run that with one of the interpreters here.

Alternatively, there's a (zipped) windows executable version that you can find here.  Just download, unzip and double-click.

Current version: 2.  Bug reports and other complaints are welcome.

I'll be back after Christmas to play all the other games in the competition - which, based on what I've seen so far, I'm really looking forward to!  Happy holidays folks.   Smiley



UPDATE:  Version 3 is here, with some small fixes.

You can (hopefully) download the .t3 version from here and the .exe version from here.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2007, 03:37:59 PM »

Wait...do you survive by seducing the icekin?
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2007, 05:10:48 PM »

He may not look it, but he's a considerate lover.



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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2007, 09:34:21 AM »

The eagle has landed.  Looking for beta testers.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2007, 11:28:23 AM »

Me, me, me !!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2007, 02:04:50 PM »

Our first brave volunteer in the War on Bugs!  Check your PMs, Nikica, if you haven't already.

Does anyone else have the guts?

EDIT: Let's get rid of that huge image.  Bug reports and suggestions are still very welcome.
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2007, 09:01:34 AM »

That's awesome.  What a great game.  And I'm 'Ace of Aces' - sweet Smiley

Very nice.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007, 03:39:53 PM »

OK, this is the first TTA game I've played so far and things are looking good. The bullet review:

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    • impressive number of conversational branches for a short competition game
    • great pair of characters!
    • great setting and scenery
    • excellent writing

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      • equally to be expected in a short competition game, some conversation topics don't reflect the current state of the game very well; for example, try asking about us/feelings a couple of times once you get to the triplane.
      • some of the pacing felt a little slow, in the parachute fall and once you hit the ground. Maybe spice it up with another exciting event.

      Overall I think this had great style. You know, this would work really well as a visual novel, with flashback-y images during the conversation topics. Thanks for a fun game!
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      « Reply #8 on: December 28, 2007, 06:18:19 PM »

      Thanks OldGrover and george!  Smiley

      some conversation topics don't reflect the current state of the game very well; for example, try asking about us/feelings a couple of times once you get to the triplane.

      I did actually have that very example down in my notes for version 4.  I wasn't sure if I could get away with leaving it as it was, but I suppose it won't be that difficult to add some AltTopics.  The potential for doing that kind of thing in Tads 3 is enormous, but as you point out, I only had two weeks.  Wink

      some of the pacing felt a little slow, in the parachute fall and once you hit the ground. Maybe spice it up with another exciting event.

      Good point.  I hoped I'd got away with it, but typing 'z' several times is never fun.  I could probably cut the descent altogether, but maybe something neat could happen... like a bird attack or something. :D
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      « Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 11:56:28 AM »

      Really good. I like the characters, the writing and even the pacing very much. I don't think there's anything else that should be added - after all, this is a game more about conversation than about action, right? Smiley

      By the way, I got 7/7 points in 100 turns. Tongue
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      « Reply #10 on: January 08, 2008, 10:08:57 AM »

      That's about the first time I ever became interested in a text-based game.
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