Player Comments on Moribund School Day

I was looking through horror games for something to review, but I knew it couldn't be just anything. I'm not desperate enough to just post a bunch of words on a RANDOM 5 year old story only a thousand or so words long, that's for later. I had to pick something truly special. I had to review only the most terrifying and sordid tale ever put to the page- And I might just find it on this website.

Thing is, there's nothing here exactly telling you which story IS the scariest shit on the entire site, so I just kind of, uh, picked the game with the highest difficulty. Now I've played the beta for Berka's fish-based card game before he took it down, I know there's quite a few games on this site that are just beyond my power to finish. And that game was like a difficulty *6*, by the creator's own admission. I thought maybe it would be quite an achievement if I got to the end of this game, which boasts a MIND-BOGGLING 8/8. So regardless of how scary this game actually turns out to be, I'll at least be able to say I finished it. And even if it's not scary right now, maybe it'll turn out to be a sort of kafka-esque nightmare from the endless struggle of attempting to get to the end. Either way I've been promised SOMETHING by this introduction page, and frankly I'm not sure what.

So, what did I read...? Was it spooky? Was it truly one of the mightiest challenges on the site?

Well, turns out, the guy's goals were in the right place, he just didn't quite get the ball there.

There's not a lot to say about the prose. Aside from the paragraph spacing (*What* paragraph spacing?) there's nothing technically wrong with it. Nothing my sleepless brain could pick out, anyway. But, it was a little dry. There was no character interaction, there wasn't any real dialogue or anything. Our character motivations are 'Survive' and 'Don't Die'. And there wasn't even really any *action* action either. There was potential for suspense in the beginning for all 3 or 4 pages before it was clearly established that we were having (SPOILERS) some kind of zombie apocalypse (/SPOILERS) but no attempt at tension was made. We weren't given any characters to invest in, except a named character being threatened by a mysterious stranger, but she didn't have any speaking lines because nobody in this story does. The story was not told to me, I was not there. The story was blandly summarized to me from a distance, and even the narrator didn't even seem that intrigued by what was happening.

Aside from the general sin of making a zombie game, I honestly believe there *were* ways to make this work. It just didn't happen, unfortunately. It wasn't scary, certainly not the pants-shitting experience I was looking for. I didn't even so much as fart voluntarily, but that could be an issue of dietary fiber more than the actual horror content of the game itself. Still, internal palpitations of fear is a good way to measure the viability of any horror story that contends to be the scariest one on the planet, and this one gave me none.

And how difficult is it? Well, aside from one death, I beat the game perfectly and saved the school on my very second run. I don't feel particularly compelled to see if the other paths are more exciting than the good one. It didn't feel like an 8/8 but that's probably just because I'm very smart and nothing challenges me anymore.
-- ISentinelPenguinI on 8/16/2020 9:09:13 AM with a score of 0
So I assume that the things the students had to band together to fight against were zombies, correct?

There's some issues with grammar in this, thus this story would have benefited a great deal from some more thorough proofreading. But still this was pretty fun, this was definitely one of the rather interesting stories on this site that I've read.

The pictures for the most part seemed rather random, but I assume that they were meant to be humorous. Some were for the most part, but others made me arch a brow while reading to be honest. Still, they did give this story some more life in the long run. I would suggest utilizing pictures in a more focused manner in the future, because you really want to make sure that what the reader is reading fits well with the dialogue that they're reading.

This story has a interesting premise with a unknown threat suddenly attacking a school, but it certainly would've been better if the writing in this was more structured and cohesive.

There's some effort in this storygame, but this certainly could be better.
-- TharaApples on 3/21/2017 8:31:11 PM with a score of 0
It's a short survival game. Mildly frustrating because there's no hint as to what might be the right choice in a large portion of the choices.
-- DerPrussen on 2/6/2019 11:43:21 PM with a score of 0
I won!
-- Quorrah on 9/17/2018 6:22:48 PM with a score of 0
I really wish this was longer
-- WaterChicken on 1/9/2018 10:26:05 AM with a score of 0
It was the perfect length and was very interesting. I also liked that you could choose either defensive or offensive and still win
-- EUniverse on 10/31/2017 5:26:23 PM with a score of 0
noice
-- slywashburn on 4/20/2017 3:59:27 PM with a score of 0
This seemed sort of like a zombie story but was still pretty good. I think it could've been a little longer and a little more descriptive though.
-- hblovecraft on 1/9/2017 11:30:29 AM with a score of 0
Admittedly, I died immediately.
-- Morganis on 8/14/2016 3:01:17 PM with a score of 0
For starters, the grammar in this story needs to be fixed. The paragraphs are just large blobs of text, with no real dialogue to break up what's going on. Characters are mentioned but don't really have any prevalence in the story at all. The decisions are present, but it's more of a good/bad system.
Overall, this story needs a lot of work. Concept is good, but the execution is hideous.
-- AppDude27 on 9/15/2015 1:35:17 PM with a score of 0
This story is creepy.
-- Angela on 9/5/2015 10:05:46 PM with a score of 0
Didn't understand a word. What the hell?
-- Ginger on 3/18/2015 1:30:37 PM with a score of 0
timithybenett! it is obvious if (like me) you played through every option then you would have found out that they are ZOMBIES! you are a complete idot! if you did what I did and you still didn't understand that it was a zombie then you are the stupidest thing ever! and to the auther of this story, I give you for the first time ever a 10/10! "EVERY ONE ON EARTH CLAP!!" *pulls out a lion and threatens to turn every one into a gazel* *every one on earth claps but timothybennet* *turn tim into a gazel and sets the lion lose* *tim dies* "TAKE THAT TIM!!!" lol
-- anna on 3/1/2015 10:30:54 PM with a score of 0
That was pretty fun. No hate that was great.
-- Hannah on 1/18/2015 10:56:30 PM with a score of 0
Boring. It also doesn't make sense who exactly you are defending the school against.
-- Timothybennett on 1/5/2015 4:39:48 PM with a score of 0
It was a good story but not many choices. It was all either you die or continue.
-- Jordi P on 10/7/2014 12:55:46 PM with a score of 0
A bit short, and the endings were sometimes quote abrupt. I'd advise against having a 'you die' link on the very first page.
-- insanebutvain on 9/3/2014 12:17:51 AM with a score of 0
shut them zomboyz up gangsta style
-- zombie slaya on 8/31/2014 1:27:54 PM with a score of 0
It was good, but very confusing.. Good story and plot of the whole thing.. I like it!
-- Liv Coro on 7/26/2014 3:33:47 PM with a score of 0
SUPER GOOD!
-- dovewing on 6/2/2014 7:10:06 PM with a score of 0
Grammar isn't the best, but it's still a good story. Good job!
-- Stinkybut1 on 11/30/2013 2:34:03 AM with a score of 0
Story games with a death choice on the first page do not make good story games.
-- HaruhiSuzumiya on 7/21/2013 4:34:57 AM with a score of 0
Early on the choices were VERY set, you only had one choice essentially until later on.
-- PcGenie on 5/15/2013 4:31:10 AM with a score of 0
The writing was fairly clear and it seemed like a fairly standard rendition of the 'fast zombie' survival genre, however most of the choices involved a correct/instant death choice, other branches and a bit longer would have been good.
-- FeanorOnForge on 4/5/2013 1:27:16 PM with a score of 0
Cool but that couldnt have been happening only at that one school. Wouldnt the gov't try to help some other place first?
-- Rebey on 2/16/2013 10:43:04 AM with a score of 0
I'm not really sure what those creature things were. If there was a page that explained that, I must've missed it. Anyways, the game wasn't bad, but the pictures didn't seem to have anything to do with the game. Like, there was one part with you and your friends went to get help and it showed a picture of a little girl about 4 years old, running around with a bubble blower thingy... What's with that? :p
-- Briar_Rose on 1/8/2013 1:15:18 PM with a score of 0
Mesa surviver
-- Zane on 10/4/2012 11:18:52 PM with a score of 0
liked some of the pictures.
-- Kiel_Farren on 9/8/2012 10:37:27 AM with a score of 0
I died so fast. Funny picture I guess.
-- thebookthief on 6/23/2012 3:53:55 AM with a score of 0
i survived
-- bells23 on 6/7/2012 2:04:50 PM with a score of 0
don't make a you die link on the first page. Also you should really change the difficulty level. I won on my first try. However there is really good writing.
-- betaband on 4/8/2012 1:16:12 PM with a score of 0
easy but very fun
-- betaband on 4/8/2012 1:14:16 PM with a score of 0
One word describes this game. Awesome.
-- XXXXXX on 3/3/2012 10:44:50 PM with a score of 0
Zombies!!!Make a longer sequence!!!(very,very hard sequel)
-- God on 2/11/2012 1:33:28 AM with a score of 0
very good! wish it was a bit longer
-- DarkentityOni on 11/26/2011 9:45:39 PM with a score of 0
Its kinda scary if u rlly rlly think of it. Man eating/killing ur best friend and princible during SCHOOL HOURS!
-- ChosenOne112 on 11/22/2011 7:32:39 PM with a score of 0
I need full stops and commas! I didn't really know what was happening and it was all too fast.
-- bradhal on 10/28/2011 5:35:13 PM with a score of 0
Good. Keep it up.
-- Killer999 on 10/26/2011 11:40:30 AM with a score of 0
Pretty good,except there should have been more action. Like weapons and places and what kind of supplies to get and what you plans should be. Just more detailed in general.
-- xwhittneyx on 10/25/2011 6:17:34 PM with a score of 0
Pretty basic, in terms of a zombie survival game. No real paths, just correct choices to survive. I'll give you a 4 out of 8, since I do like my zombies. I wish the story itself had at least one other path though.
-- Leon101 on 10/23/2011 3:19:53 AM with a score of 0
Oh yeah, two more things.
1.) Spelling errors. Always read your story like anyone else would before you publish it, it's the best way to spell check.
2.) Try not to be too repetitive. Like when you said something along the lines of "you decide Marissa needs more help, so you and your friends go get more help" it made the story look extremely childish.
-- ThisisBo on 10/18/2011 8:14:47 PM with a score of 0
First page death link? Not a good choice unless your pages are as long as endmaster's. Also, add the zombie tag.
-- ThisisBo on 10/18/2011 8:12:16 PM with a score of 0
Hmm.. I'm thinking zombies? Still it is a good game but i felt it was kinda short.
(Hint&spolier?)All you need to win is basic zombie survival mindset. :)
-- Fireplay on 10/18/2011 12:05:06 PM with a score of 0
nice game
-- alienalpha on 10/18/2011 11:43:17 AM with a score of 0
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