Cheap Drunk Games
Based in France/Australia
June 15, 2013
Pricing: 3.99 USD (iPad)/5 USD (PC)
OverviewPlay as a rather misanthropic gamer who finds herself lured away from her computer to embark upon a real world quest: finding hidden treasure in a National Park. Annoyingly, doing this requires her to locate and reassemble pieces of a treasure map. And instead of being populated with cool creatures like giant vampire squid bats or something, the park's forests, lakes and mountains are home to the lamest NPCs imaginable.
This treasure had better be fucking legendary.
At first glance Alone in the Park appears to be a text adventure - but it's not what you might expect. While the narrative is told via text, to play it's more like a graphical adventure game. There is no typing out commands or clicking on words; instead navigating around the world and solving its puzzles is achieved via a graphical interface.
Alone in the Park features:
- Slow-paced, low-octane gameplay that will have you fully reclined on your chaise longue
- Enough content to keep players amused for about 4 hours
- A map to travel around around with, and a clear, visual way to interact with characters and items (no conversation trees!)
- Geographical puzzles and classic adventure game style quests
- A style of humour and tone of narrative that has never been interfered with by a publisher
- A theme song! And a bunch of other satirical music as well (see below for a link to the soundtrack)
- Characters you're more likely to meet in real life than in a game
Things worth knowing about the game
- Deb Kunda is responsible for the map art. She's an architect and artist.
- As well as a game theme song, one of the characters in the game also has her own song. Naturally, all the music in the game is satirical.
- Does anyone else remember those Usborne Puzzle Adventures? Books where you had to figure out some puzzle (often geographical) before you turned the page otherwise the next bit of the story wouldn't make sense. Big big influence here.
- My favourite literary period is the 18th century. Tobias Smollett fanboys and fangirls: this game is for you, wherever you are.
- As a kid I was very affected by a moment in a Doctor Who storyline "The Mind Robber" where one of the Doctor's companions discovers a machine that is spooling out text telling a story of each thing they are doing, as they are doing it. A couple of images of this are included below.
HistoryThis is a major revamping and conversion of a Flash version of the same title that was quietly released in 2011. Friends said it would really suit being on a tablet, and I think they're right. It's got a kind of leisurely, bookish pacing that suits a tablet rather well, and with about 4 hours of gameplay it makes more sense to play it as a downloadable rather than in the browser.
Doctor Who episode that inspired the game's text-spools-as-you-move interface YouTube
Awards & Recognition
Alone in the Park has not received any awards or recognitions yet. Please check back later to see if things change.
- "Whether I was trying to fan the flames of passion between a business-obsessed yuppie on a fishing trip and a gothic LARPer or appease a particularly shrewd child who the protagonist is irrationally afraid of, the three- to four-hour narrative (not to mention the particularly humorous theme song, performed by Neil) provided a decent amount of chuckles."
- Jeff Marchiafava, Game Informer
- "I couldnt help but be reminded of my experiences playing the old LucasArts adventure games like Sam & Max Hit the Road."
- Brandon Schmidt, The Indie Mine
- "The writing in Alone in the Park is some of the sharpest I have ever had the pleasure of reading in a video game"
- Joe Jasko, Gamezebo
Reviews of the 2011 browser version
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About Cheap Drunk Games
Cheap Drunk is the name under which I (Katharine Neil) release my independent game projects. "A glass of shandy and they're anyone's" is a reference to the reasonable price point at which I sell my games, rather than any statement about the looseness of my morals.
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Alone in the Park Credits
Game design, writing, programming, audio, voice