Forgotten Night Text Adventure – like an interactive Mystery Novel game
Oct 4, 2012 7:03 PM –
Forgotten Night Text Adventure is a text based game, similar to reading an engrossing book, you use your own imagination to fill in the scenery. The story starts with you waking from a terrible car crash, you’ve rolled over, and must free yourself. You lost your memory and cannot figure out how the crash happened, where you are or where you were going. No one is around and you’re in a creepy rural area, you explore the vicinity to help yourself out of the ordeal… yet more challenges and more questions emerge. Have I enticed you into this story yet? Read the review to see why you must download this game!
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S3
Pros & Cons:
- An interactive text based game!
- Engrossing story filled with hidden clues, hints and witty responses!
- Find hints online in the support forums!
- Although this is clearly a text based game, graphics should not be mentioned, however, upon first glance at the graphics and the organization of the UI really makes the game not enticing to initially try. But I implore you to disregard the graphics completely and try it!
Let’s first start by clarifying that this is not one of those high octane 3D games, it is however, a text based game. Yet my only gripe is that, upon first glance of the screenshots it may scare off some users, but please read on as this game is definitely download worthy!
Continuing from our intro… you read the dialogue of this fantastic story of you awaking a deadly crash unscathed and do not remember a thing, not even your name. Hint: you free yourself with a pocket knife found on a key ring as you’re still upside-down and strapped to your seat belt. The game has a hand-drawn map that shows you visually where you are as you explore this abandoned acreage.
How to Play Forgotten Night Text Adventure
I have to be honest, at first I could not figure out how to play, as there is no tutorial to tell you what the buttons mean nor exactly how to play. However, I guess this adds to the challenge of figuring out the mysterious game. To jump start you, here’s an explanation of the gameplay. At the top is a text field that you do not type in, yet select key words along the bottom in green (note: there is a full list of keywords on the second tab along the bottom- running man icon). Under the text box is the story text, commands and direction joystick near the bottom right (this can be toggled on/off, which you will need to in order to read some story text as it gets in the way, as the last icon on the bottom row of tabs.) The first tab along the bottom row always brings you back to the story-line view, as you’ll be toggling the views often as you explore the story.
As we jump into the second- running man tab, it lists all the verbs you use to combine actions to commands; i.e. “Open” “Door”. Hint: some areas combine more than two actions to complete a command, for example “Use” “pocket knife” on “seat belt”. Also there are the available Doors, Visible Items, and Inventory or items you find and keep to help you along the way.
A humorous touch is in some of the responses you get as you combine actions that don’t go together like:
- when at the broken bridge and use combo “Use” “collapsed bridge” on “yourself” you get the reply “Why? Do you have super human strength”
- …or “Use” “collapsed bridge” on “river” you get the reply “I don’t feel monkey-like at the moment”
- …or try “Use” “pocket knife” on “yourself” and get the reply “That wouldn’t be very smart! Don’t give up now!”
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Storyline 1
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Storyline 2
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Action Combinations
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Storyline with Witty Responses
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Map 1
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Map 2
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Start Screen
Forgotten Night Text Adventure Options
Fun Factor & Addictive:
Once you get over the aesthetics and learn how to create commands with the text actions, you’ll find the story quite suspenseful and you get wrapped into it like a good book! The mystery to find out what all is going on and the origin of it all keeps you coming back and searching for more answers.
I would offer advice to the developer for a cleaner UI with better structure in the navigation, a starter tutorial to get acquainted with controls and even an enticing novel cover graphic so users won’t initially judge this book by the cover.