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The Bottom of the Well

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The Bottom of the Well
A visual novel where Alice steps into a different kind of wonderland.

In The Bottom of the Well, you play as Alice who has just had an unsettingly life-like dream about the end of the world. She retells her experience to her friend in a huge, branching narrative. Although a single play-through might take as little as 20 minutes, experiencing all the possible paths Alice can take through the ruins of her city will take you many hours.

The game is intended to be replayed several times with different permutations of Alice: try playing as a survival-minded lone-wolf, or a social butterfly, or why not attempt the difficult but rewarding romantic route? The stats you select for your Alice in the beginning of the game influences everything from small comments to major choices.

This is an updated, reworked and improved version of my entry to the WAG (Write A Game) Challenge arranged by IGDA's Game Writing SIG, where it placed first in the amateur category. The jury had this to say:

- WINNER: THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL
The Bottom of The Well delivers an entertaining, branched story with interesting options. Alice's dream is genuinely terrifying. The conversations feel natural and appropriate. Players can randomize their character stats, but still negotiate the game with deliberate and meaningful choices. The final game stats give The Bottom of the Well immense replay value. One judge played the game several times to find the "best" ending!
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Red Nettle Studio
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Red Nettle Studio
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http://www.rednettlestudio.com/

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  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
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The Bottom of the Well reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
I am annoyed by the Dialogue (The Heroine tells a Friend about Your Dream). If you play the Game repeatedly, it annoys to have to click through the partially known Dialogues. Unfortunately, the "Skip" Switch doesn't do what I hoped for ... The graphic Elements do not contribute significantly to the Atmosphere. I have now survived on the 3rd Attempt (isng. about 1 Hour piled) and the Course Of Action does not appeal to me to try again somehow. In Comparison, I find the purely textual Game "Choice of Robots" much more interesting. This has already played through in different Ways dozens Of times.
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Microsoft from Russian
ANOTHER ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ about a group of suicides and other ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Nia. Before you have a dull pezda 14-16 years, which wants to kill (of course ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ It, just attention attracts). This type of pedophile in the Hedgehog hat, like that of Houdini, who masterfully ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Ted people, ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Ates This stupid to be the one on the damn. Chick certainly breaks, she needs a haichi, not like this American Houdini. Well This Houdini decides to arrange her 50 tasks, which are given on the day. This Stupid Pezda agrees and then you connect. You choose what to pump silicone and boteks. Which condoms are better. But in each ending you ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ UT in the analyzer, guess Who...
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Microsoft from French
This game is great for a free-to-play. The story is original, the graphics have a style that makes very good, a lot of choice and possibility, the parties are short but stakeholders. Moreover, through the parties, we understand better and better what our choices involve, especially those we do when customizing our perso. Some successes are hard to get, having the right end is also quite complicated, you have to pay attention to the details but the reflection behind this end is very interesting. I love all the universes that go back to Alice in Wonderland and this one did not disappoint me, I recommend!
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Personally the bottom of the well this Visual story my really disappointed. A scenario with trials and errors instead of making decisions. Many innocent (unrelated) options immediately result in a bad ending. leading to trial and error. The reason doesn't work. Guess what the game sees as a solution or a reboot. Also it is not possible to pause unread blocks of text. Redoing the same thing 10 times for success is a severe lack of imagination. After 3 successes... I have given up because one must think the same way as the designer, which is for the reader of divination. The positives are a nice atmosphere and probably interesting story. Successful Hunter pass your way in the opposite case... no collection card is offered, 12 successes very hard won. All in all, although it is a free game, you do not pay... with this one, you get what you pay for. Friendly Pastor
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