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Freeware Garden: The Lion's Song

Besides being one of the best looking games of Ludum Dare 30, The Lion’s Song also happens to be one of the select few that sport really great writing. And an excellent core storytelling idea; one that has made for some classical short stories and, finally, for a wonderful short game about the quest for inspiration.

The Lion’s Song casts you as a composer seeking solitude and inspiration in a small house somewhere in the Austrian Alps; all you have with you are a few books, your notes and one of the very first telephones, which must have felt way more impressive than having access to the internet during the mid ’90s.

Excitingly, a rather lovely and obviously gadget-loving gentleman from Bohemia has randomly decided to give you a call and make sure his shiny new phone really does what it said on the box. Oh, and entertain you for a while, as the storm outside your humble abode is raging and loneliness doesn’t seem to be helping you with the arranging of notes. Talking to the Bohemian gentleman seems to be soothing your nerves and helping you organize your thoughts.

Who knows, a masterpiece might just be a few clicks away. For this is a game in which you click on things and other things happen. In a point-and-click fashion, though I really wouldn’t call it an adventure. Excellent, yes, but not an adventure.

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