Finding the Muse

Player Rating4.65/8

"#326 overall, #32 for 2015"
based on 88 ratings since 09/17/2015
played 807 times (finished 109)

Story Difficulty5/8

"run through the jungle"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

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.

This is a game based on writing, inspired by the forums here at CYS.

Your goal is to find your muse and write a storygame for CYS. How will you do that? There is only so much time in the day, and there are so many things that you can do...

In this game, you make the selections and see if you can find the way to the muse and the next great CYS story. There are a total of 5 different endings to this storygame.

Special thanks to Kiel Farren and ISentinel Penguin for their forum contributions to this story (whether they believe it or not).

Player Comments

I came into "Finding the Muse" thinking that it would be a linear story. What I got instead, was something surprisingly fun.

The story has you in the role of yourself as you try to think of things to do to strike your inspiration for a new CYS storygame. In order to do that, you can complete any number of actions including "Watching TV", "Exercising", or even "Viewing Facebook messages".

For the 5-6 times I played it, I ended up getting the Cake ending, without writing my story. This one is going to puzzle me for a bit. The replay-ability is relatively short, but has some good fun while it lasts.
-- AppDude27 on 9/17/2015 12:52:38 PM with a score of 89
There is a lot of truth in this... recommended
-- Northwind on 12/22/2020 4:02:06 AM with a score of 73
For a short story, well-thought out, a balanced range of options to choose from. I was just a little confused about what was supposed to whether I was trying to get something different to happen when I went back to force write. But on the whole this was a lot of fun. The time element is a good addition. Thanks.
-- instruMinstrel on 5/22/2020 7:30:53 PM with a score of 109
Ingenuity is very important as a criterion for me when reviewing a story. While there are a few examples of stories based on CYS as a website, this is the best example I've seen so far and was a fun game. I'm guessing this whole idea was thought up when trying to find an idea for another story, but is a fair addition to the site in its own right.

Scripting, I think, is undervalued on CYS, so it's always good to see someone like Ogre using his abilities to make something quite unique. In my opinion, a higher rating could be achieved by a combination of quality writing and substantial plot with good scripting, but I respect that this was meant as a small game rather than a heavily scripted epic.

I only found one mistake 'along' instead of 'alone' on my mountain hike. Obviously the others were purposely put in for comedic effect, giving the whole thing a silly, enjoyable air about it.

5/8 and I look forward to reading more of your work
-- AzBaz on 7/16/2019 10:27:10 AM with a score of 78
:D Awesome! Really inspiring! It will bring you enlightenment!
-- HowdyHiHello on 5/17/2018 6:02:12 AM with a score of 109
C: nice ! (:
-- C: on 5/17/2018 5:29:52 AM with a score of 61
This was a fun way to show how hard it is to find inspiration for stories!!!
-- MusicalNerd7 on 1/4/2018 7:27:28 PM with a score of 81
I loved this story! Managed to get the Winner ending after a while, there were lots of different options and it was wonderful going through all the different routes. It was quite simple at heart too. Well done!
-- Saika on 3/12/2017 9:01:50 PM with a score of 109

It DID show some of the stuff I did to my own story (under process). This is more of an advice giver, than a storygame.

That being said, at least it does fulfill what it is designed and made to be. Usually, however, I look to a story which can DRAW, can keep one clicking/tapping choices and reading digital pages for a long time. And that, unfortunately, is not really found here.

Still a good concept, but I've read better. 5/8.
-- AgentX on 2/14/2017 6:26:51 AM with a score of 109
-- Girl America on 6/28/2016 6:32:50 PM with a score of 109
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