I’m really, really disappointed by this one.
If anything, I’m actually annoyed.
I started the story, and the writing is good, the premise fine, and it has potential, but . . . there are no choices, rarely any rewards/punishments, and I’m basically clicking the one sole choice (or a simple ‘onwards’ with no choice at all), like this is a very simple short story and not even a game. A huge portion in the middle, I was able to just skip reading, as it meant nothing; I was "raising my Fading to a Coda" (not really told what this is, how to raise it or any mechanics, so this raising mechanic felt pointless in itself) and the writing was just generic preparations. My God, it really dragged, too; I was waiting for more story or choices, but it was just me preparing and preparing and preparing, with no sign or hint if I was close to raising it enough, and no real choices, except occasionally a choice between a poor crowd or a rich one.
I mean, maybe at the start, if I’d chosen not to help him, something else would have happened? I only chose to help him so as not to waste an action, as I got the impression that wouldn’t do much except take me back to London to finish unfinished business, but the whole thing I’m <i>forced</i> into one very linear action. I couldn’t even choose not to write his song, but was forced. Later on, I was given some choices, but nothing at all showed if they had any meaning, effect, influence, or what they meant . . . it felt like I could click at random, for all it meant.
I don’t know how far I am from the ending, but - to be honest - I just want it to end . . . there have been stories I adored, and stories I hated, in the past, but this is the first and only that I recall in which I wished I could get a refund and never paid to play it. It would probably be an interesting fanfiction or short story, maybe some free promotional material for the overall game, but it’s not - in itself - a game and is not fun to play.
Edit: I’m really hoping this story is bugged in some way; every time it says I’ll find x in another location, I’m automatically taken to that location without needing to manually move, and hopefully that explains the lack of choices? Even now, I uncovered x secret; I have no choice whether to go along, ignore, let happen, help happen, etc., I’m just automatically going against it, and my "choice" of telling someone is just how to tell them. If this isn’t a bugged story . . . I can’t express my frustration enough.
edited by Robin Alexander on 9/24/2020