Player Comments on Blow Your House Down
Tremendous. Despite Bill arriving to the site with several galaxy-sized SciFi stories, I'm really enjoying his modern stuff. This and Woban Island are by far my favorites.
Knowing a little about Bill, his expertise and personal taste shows through stories such as this. The setting, a place that he obviously knows a great deal about. The style, weaved with Pearl Jam lyrics, beer drinking, and disapproving looks at the youth -- one of Bill's favorite pastimes...kidding. The seamless way that these relatable and recognizable details are placed in the story is incredible. So immersive. The conversation flows naturally, and you get a sense of the upcoming doom (whether from the strangers or Bob), your survival instinct getting its workout for the day. All in all, great story and great contribution to the site, not that that's surprising in the least.
on 8/22/2020 11:24:47 AM with a score of 14
I made sure to play Pearl Jam's "Do the Evolution" when the Gordy started singing it. I got to say I was shocked at how much like the more alternative rock style grunge bands it sounded like. I never would have thought Pearl Jam would ever have a Nirvana-y sounding tune. Lots of near screaming.
The story has a believable background, and you'd be forgiven for thinking the protagonist was Clint Eastwood yelling about getting off his lawn. But the protagonist gets a lesson in judging someone based upon their generation or appearance: every time the character makes assumptions about any number of superficial identifiers, he ends up dead.
My personal preference would be a setting with Western United States mountains, because they're just bigger and better, but this particular setting had a lot of character and was very believable.
But the best part of all is the murderous intent of the strangers. It's an interesting scenario where I found myself exploring several branches to see how things ended. I'll have to read it again, because I think my initial choices limited me. I kept ending up dead, but at least in the most recent play through, my survival was up in the air, and Gordy definitely died.
Anyway, this is well written and interesting. I didn't find any grievous, distracting errors, and the execution of the story is good enough to make you want to read through a few different endings.
on 8/18/2020 5:54:39 AM with a score of 14
That'll do, boomer. That'll do.
on 8/11/2020 7:46:35 PM with a score of 19
I liked all the different paths in both the ending where you spend the night and when you jumped the truck, and I would like to see a few different sequels based on a few of the good endings where you either could or will be rescued; it would be interesting to see how Heather would fit in to these. I also liked all the different head games which seem against you but also the fake tention between the couple. However, it didn't make sence why Gordan could use the gun but Al couldn't, andI would like to know where Gordan had gotten back from that had caused him stress in the path where Al was jumping the car and Al followed the girl and they were talking. I would also like to know if there was any truth to this. It would have been nice to have at least one epilog where the reader could learn the history of the couple, their thoughts, and their weird logic. Overall, a pretty good game.
-- Future1 on 8/11/2020 5:09:52 PM with a score of 23