The Cat and the Crow

a Family Friendly by Crescentstar

Commended by BerkaZerka on 11/11/2018 10:50:21 AM

Player Rating5.43/8

"#257 overall, #28 for 2018"
based on 50 ratings since 10/31/2018
played 1,027 times (finished 55)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.

As I told Leora: "My story is about a cat that wants to save a human village. :D"

Village and town are used interchangeably. I suppose you could say the village is developing into a town in the time frame of the story.

The "At Night" page is pretty much the same for every path.

Each path sheds light on different aspects of Cat and his backstory (as well as everyone else's), so reading through 2/5 endings will give you a decent picture. Every choice offers its own unique path with the exception of one or two. There are 5 Epilogues and 1 Stupid Ending. Diminishing humanity, hunger, insanity, and darkness all feature in this storygame.

Enjoy! :3

Player Comments

I had some reservations about playing this storygame given my history with storygames featuring a cat as the protagonist, but I'm surprised to say that "The Cat and the Crow" exceeded all expectations by a large margin.

The story is about a cat named Cat that's on a mission to save the village from an evil force. I won't go much further than that as I don't want to spoil anything, but for what this story is presented as, it offered a number of surprises that kept me interested enough for me to keep reading even despite my distaste for cat stories.

Most of the choices you make do, in fact, affect which of the six endings you'll get and this story avoids the common issue choices being a mere illusion entirely. This was yet another pleasant surprise for me because some of the choices you make seem mundane, but they do place you on one path or another.

The story is well-written, excellent grammar and punctuation, and a decent variety of choices. It's a simple story with good execution - plain and simple. My final verdict is a 6/8.
-- Domitus on 11/29/2018 8:27:48 AM with a score of 5
You adopted this original perspective with remarkable ease and I liked the concept of using animals as demonic/angelic figures instead of the usual antropomorphic ones.

The technical department (grammar, writing style) was also without any particular flaws and I liked the way the story branched out despite being relatively short.

The only thing I didn't appreciate much was how there was no way of straying from an evil ending, even if I know that the themes of the contest could have been interpreted so as to make it a strictly bad-ending story. I still think at least one slightly good ending could have added to the variety of the CYOA, but I liked most of the existing finales nonetheless (especially the ones in which Crow seems to be questioning her choices).
-- undr on 11/27/2018 11:30:14 AM with a score of 5
I am impressed with this story. I haven't read any of your other storygames, but I'll consider this one to be a gateway drug.

I enjoyed the narrative style. It lent itself to a perspective that was flexible enough to objectively dictate the story, but still convey the world as the protagonist (or other POV) perceived it. There were moments, however, where the narrative seemed to clash with itself.

An example of said clash, "Then dropped the damn hammer onto his foot." This line feels like the perspective belongs to Mr. Manson, or even an unseen narrator, moreso than Cat. Would cat think of it as being the 'damn' hammer? It seems to be a frustrated sentiment while Cat's demeanor is more concerned and empathetic. Even with a detached narrative, a consistency of perspective is necessary to maintain cohesion between clauses.

I thought the multiple endings were interesting and independently-developed well, not just a different dressing on the same salad. The impact of the choices selected were meaningful, so I did more link exploration in order to get all of the endings (not sure how many endings existed outside of the counted ones). Each path was strong enough to warrant it's own investigation, though.

This was a fun storygame. Thank you for the interesting read.

Side note: More fun to be had when read in Morgan Freeman's voice.
-- OriginalClamurai on 11/27/2018 10:14:08 AM with a score of 5
I'm just glad it wasn't porn.
-- Starborn on 3/7/2021 2:46:06 PM with a score of 1
Very well written. I was caught up in this world the author created. I could almost see the lunar eclipse, smell the barn straw, and feel myself leaping away from danger. I had to find all the endings. Unfortunately a personal preference prevents me from giving this a higher rating, but I highly encourage readers to find all the endings for themselves.
-- EvilSpock on 3/6/2021 10:02:55 PM with a score of 5
Not terrible for an animal story but the rating seems a little high for what's here.

When I saw I was having dinner with the Manson family I expected so much more.
-- Klockwerk on 3/2/2021 8:47:18 PM with a score of 1
This was an interesting story with a turn for the worse in each of the five endings, which was cool to see differentiate each of the endings. Something I enjoyed was the idea that the protagonist representing the light with the deuteragonist being a dark figure. An interesting thing within the story was the history and/or intentions of each character in one of the five endings and to see how they would play out. While it didn't need it, I believe it would be somewhat beneficial to have a positive ending for the poor little kitty that meets an unfortunate end in every ending.
-- Zinthinial on 1/29/2021 11:45:54 PM with a score of 5
I think it was very good! I like the idea of talking cats. I loved Ms. Turner for some reason.
-- anneisin on 12/15/2020 6:39:11 PM with a score of 1
At first I thought I was a bit too tired to be bothered writing a review of this story, but it deserves much better than that so I’ll do so anyways. Before continuing, be warned: (Spoilers ahead)

At first the story appeared whimsical and lighthearted. Slowly (or rather, quickly due to the game’s length), the reader is tipped off with little hints throughout the text, foreboding language and mysterious history. It all comes crashing down in one of five climaxes. I can tell you this: none of them end well for dear Cat, or the townspeople for that matter. This story is delightfully twisted in all the right ways. Kudos to you, Crescentstar.

My biggest gripe lies in the lack of choices. The game is quite linear, save for a few game changing choices to decide your ending. Despite this, I didn’t mind the railroading all that much due to the pleasant writing. I would still love to see a story of this style with a dozen or so endings and a longer time for building up that feeling of hanging dread and suspense.

Other than those small and more opinionated tidbits, great game, would recommended to those looking for a bite sized story.
-- GigglyCactus on 12/8/2020 11:28:55 PM with a score of 5
Enjoyable enough I suppose.
-- tmanaking on 11/18/2020 3:46:12 PM with a score of 2
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