Adventures With Raven

Player Rating5.25/8

"#155 overall, #10 for 2001"
based on 226 ratings since 12/14/2004
played 4,750 times (finished 247)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level1/8

"appropriate for all ages"
Stories with this maturity level will not, by design, have any potentially objectionable content. An example of a type story with this rating would be a quiz on mathematics.
You are Raven, Trickster/Creator God of the Northwestern tribes, particularly the Inuits of Alaska and Canada areas. You are walking on the earth, going here and there, doing this and that. Encounters are not always dangerous, and not always fun, but you make the best of you time on Earth, after all, you created it as a joke :-)

Player Comments

This is a fun one. The writing makes for easy reading, not to mention that Native American Myth is incredibly rich, diverse, and underappreciated. I hadn't come across this one before today.

The difficulty in this genre is that to be true to the myth the author often has to sacrifice player freedom. As is true of most stories from this era of CYS, early MAG specifically, there is only one ending, and essentially only one way to get to it. We as readers are presented only with the illusion of choice, which would be more disappointing if this weren't a short enjoyable edutainment story, and a well edited one at that.

I can see where the author took most if not all dialogue directly from the myth. It might have been nice if it had been, "interpreted" rather than translated word for word.

It might have also been nice if we had gotten to see more of Raven's adventures, or even if the writer had flexed some creative muscles and come up with alternate endings.

I expect this character lacks recorded instances of complex interactions with other figures. He never appears to be in any danger, and nothing is at stake, except for maybe loosing his stick, which on my first playthrough went totally unused, as its only function, besides providing an excuse for end game links, was in the optional side story.

That's probably the most disappointing thing about the story. The richness of the myth and character is not fully realized by any stretch.
-- ugilick on 5/19/2018 11:10:50 AM
I liked it, it was certainly an original premise told in an original voice, though the difficulty of turning a myth into a story-game is apparent by the circles readers will often turn in, though I suppose they are necessary unless you feel like creating alternative myths to explain natural phenomena? I am sure it would be very enjoyable to see you write a similar treatment of figures like the Norse trickster god Loki (he who made The Mask for Jim Carey)or even the Greek Gods who certainly did various interesting things in their free time.
-- Will11 on 11/11/2014 9:35:23 PM
I'm not too familiar with Native American mythology, but this was a fun, engaging story. Well written; some typos but no big deal. Very different from most of the games on this site. The story does a good job of allowing you to play the role of the trickster, a mischievous and fun-loving but sometimes arbitrarily cruel character, especially if he gets bored (sorry, Whale).
-- Scott299 on 8/12/2003 11:29:51 AM
I learned a few things about Raven, so I consider this time well spent.
-- Nutty on 10/18/2017 5:55:06 PM
Amazing! I always have loved trickster tales! Could you do one on Kokopeli and/or Coyote?
-- Logan Gamble on 6/21/2017 12:06:14 AM
Good
-- Michael on 2/16/2017 4:59:12 PM
Fun! ;)
-- TestingJest on 2/15/2017 3:27:19 AM
It was really fun
-- kaitlyn on 1/23/2017 6:19:22 PM
Hey :-). Great game! I can't wait to play your next creation! Well done. I can tell it took a lot of work to compose this story, and that you put a lot of thought into it. :-).
-- Rahila on 1/18/2017 6:16:53 PM
Well I learned a little about native american folklore and I liked it! well written, not too many mistakes in spelling or grammar.
-- BigRonn77 on 10/5/2016 3:38:12 PM
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