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Free Game Day: A Temple of Two Worlds

It's Friday, and we know you're just going to play on the internet until it's time to leave work. Each week we'll be bringing you a free flash game to help the time pass!

Game: A Temple of Two Worlds Genre: Interactive Story Made By: StormAlligator Play at: Kongregate http://www.kongregate.com/games/StormAlligator/a-temple-of-two-worlds Rating: 3 out of 5

I felt the need for something a bit more cerebral this week, so I wandered into the retro interactive story adventure that is A Temple of Two Worlds. Simplistic, but beautiful, it's a nice bit of fresh air for the gamer looking for a bit of lighthearted otherworldliness.

You star as Pauline, an archeologist who has spent most of her life studying a temple that the rest of her field finds useless. She finally agrees to join her friend Gena on another project that Gena feels is more worthy of her expertise and time, but the years away lead Pauline to a deep anxiety over the temple. Upon returning she noticed that it appears to be fading away from reality, and she rushes headlong into an adventure of parallel worlds.

It's definitely a game on the vein of, say, Discworld, where you go from point to point trying to make sense of the world. It's easy to get stuck in the beginning, but a little logic will see you through if you stick with it. It's little more than an investigation between different computer terminals looking for word clues. That sounds boring, but it's just the mechanism used to parcel out an interesting look at alternative worlds theories through gameplay.

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Pauline is a fun protagonist. She's sentimental and unsure of herself, often letting herself be guided by Gena. For some reason, cell phone coverage appears to work across dimensional barriers and Pauline keeps Gena up to date on every interaction.

Gena spends most of her time insisting that Pauline is faking the whole thing, and even when she plays along she second-guesses Pauline and is highly judgmental of the lives of the crew they discover on the expedition through security footage and diaries.

It makes for a low fi bit of personal exploration, where through the game you can examine a little of why we end up doing the things we do. It's slightly saccharine science fiction, but an amusing little divergence if you're tired of mowing down hordes of marauders in Severe Road.

Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook.

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