Review: Backstage

Backstage (mind control, male-female sex, female-female sex, transformation) by Daphne
An interactive adventure backstage at a ballet.

Date Released: Nov. 24, 2018

Text-based adventures have always been a fascination to me. I grew up largely using video game systems and 1990s-present PCs as my mode of gaming. So, it can be figuratively and literally like learning a new language for me to play text games. The most fascinating element of this classical style is how there is almost an illusion of possibilities once the game’s language is learned, not unlike clicking on a planet to travel to in what must me a large gaming universe. Daphne almost parodically highlighted the ultimate lack of choice in especially text games with a plot by just having it typed out already. You cannot always type “Go to neighboring house,” because that house only exists as an illusion. Yet, it may feel like you can, in contrast to a video game map with clickable areas laid out obviously. 

Anyway, it was very interesting to see a story done in the second person, as the text game framing might just be the best way of utilizing it. Backstage was surprisingly reminiscent of the remarkably competent Ed Wood short film called Final Curtain, where someone wanders around an empty theater to ultimately learn a dark secret. The story here moves smoothly, almost hypnotically, giving the false sense of guiding yourself through the narrative. Still, I was kind of waiting for something to backfire in some way, with it all just too easy. In spite of the adolescent fantasy feel by the end, this was a well done little experiment into the second person perspective.

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