Except not.

There are rare moments in Reality, when things are better than you expect. Better than you think. Almost… sane. Those are rare miracles in world that gone mad.

So…

4chan making game (except not, but idea was undoubtedly born in this self-proclaimed “shithole of internet”)? Visual novel? Eroge? With disabled girls? Thrown off-hand idea, based on single image, actually realized, by some dark miracle? Dear God, what disguisting piece of depraved cripple porn awaits?

Except not.

Enjoy.

Little things like that almost return my faith in humanity. Almost.

the white chamber

Mysterious beginning was, is and always will be popular trope. Who don’t want a little mystery to solve? The more dark and grim secrets, the better!

Enter “the white chamber“, with small-caps “the”. You are girl (no, not that girl) trapped in Bad Place. You must solve secret of this place, find titular white chamber and get good ending. Otherwise you will have to repeat it, forever. Sounds familiar? Sure it is familiar.

Game itself is “point and click” adventure with passable graphics (this particular animesque style takes some time to get used to) and decent storyline. Creepy music and sound effects, some pretty nice scares and not-so-original end. Standard adventure game tropes are in effect, including “I put thing here without knowing beforehand it will be needed”. Sigh.

All action happens in pretty small space station, where you start in black box resembling coffin. While playtime is relatively short, you can rack up suprisingly large number of different deaths (including one that you will get for sure – but I do not know if it counts given special circumstances). Most of them are predictable, meaning you can save before picking wrong choice. Comments of girl are helpful in that matter.

In general pretty average, but certainly worth playing. You will not regret these few hours. Hey, it’s free. Legally, even. Beginning of walkthrough is here.

Codex Seraphinianus

There exists world, where copulating pair can change into alligator. Where trees uproot themselves and migrate. Where dead people are packed into glass coffins that are used as garden walls.

Welcome to madness of Codex Seraphinianus (Luigi Serafini), alternate reality with its own laws.

Whole book is divided into chapters describing various topics and things, every next one more outrageous than previous. Text is written in unknown language, but fortunately Codex is heavy on pictures. While many of them are relatively “normal” (if strange looking), other are… likeable. From simple ideas, like plant that water itself, through things like eye-fishes or entire family of two-legged… something, ending up in rainbow flying car. Aw yeah, I always wanted to drive something like this.

Finally we are going in full blown disregard of any physical laws or sanity – how else you can describe behaviour of Codex’s alien writing system? Talk about meta-abstraction.

Speaking of natural laws, fourth chapter apparently describes rules of this universe, in consequence becoming most abstract and enigmatic. Strange pictures, curious machines (experiments?) and unreadable descriptions of things that make no sense at all. Now I want book in same style about atoms and quarks. No one will notice any difference.

A few things in particular catch attention. For example, some games in tenth chapter looks like fun (if impossible to reentact in our reality). Clothing section should give ideas outshining even most extragvant convent cosplays (provided you will not kill yourself during wearing those). You can also try at home ingenious solution for annoying table breadcrumbs or wonder about deer head in flower pot.

This was nice journey in wonderland, only without Alice. Try it for yourself.