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  • Summary: Three portals to long-dead civilizations await you. Your job is to explore these worlds, write about what you find, and share your stories with the rest of the universe. Other players will read what you write and assess it. Your goal is to write something so moving that a thousand othersThree portals to long-dead civilizations await you. Your job is to explore these worlds, write about what you find, and share your stories with the rest of the universe. Other players will read what you write and assess it. Your goal is to write something so moving that a thousand others applaud you. Each of the three worlds was inspired by the works of a British Romance-era poet: Shelley, Keats, and Byron. Expand

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Elegy for a Dead World - A Game About Writing
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jan 12, 2015
    80
    Elegy For A Dead World delivers, but only if you meet it halfway with a hunger for derelict worlds and an extensive collection of original tales.
  2. Dec 12, 2014
    80
    Elegy for a Dead World may be a jarring departure from traditions, but unlike the more pretentious attempts at alternative gaming experiences we’ve seen in recent times, this is one idea that should be encouraged.
  3. Dec 23, 2014
    75
    It’s fun to write stories, and this game is a must for those who feel the desire to tell tales, in whatever forms they may be.
  4. Elegy for a Dead World may have its issues, but it provides the spark and kindling for a blaze of creativity. It ought to prove plenty of fun for anyone who chooses to keep feeding the fire.
  5. Dec 16, 2014
    70
    For the inspiration alone, it’s worth spending a little time on Dejobaan’s dead worlds.
  6. Jan 9, 2015
    68
    The latest from Dejobaan therefore seems like a stepping stone, a strong premise and peaceful beginning with little longevity and little to do outside the foundation of the game. You have to wonder if there will be more to write in the future.
  7. Apr 11, 2015
    40
    There's just not much of a game here. [Issue#159, p.104]

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 18, 2014
    7
    I'm hesitant to write a review with the game only out one week, since so much of it relies on the community contributing content. I love theI'm hesitant to write a review with the game only out one week, since so much of it relies on the community contributing content. I love the idea and have found the game genuinely motivating, and it helps spark creativity. But I'm skeptical with only three worlds to explore and only a dozen or so writing prompts. This feels like a good first step toward a grander experiment. This sort of game would have been glorious in my high school days, I never found much inspiration when the English teacher took us outside for "free writing." More worlds and more prompts would be great. There are also a handful of buildings you can enter on each world, but they're mostly for show and offer little to the experience (I'd rather have forks in the road that take me to a whole nother part of the world). Also a more streamlined system for revising your own work, it's clunky to have to go back to the same world, or look through each one to find a work that you want to edit/publish.

    Unfortunately so far I have found no commendable writings by other players, most are bad jokes and attempts to be crude. Hopefully this will change over time as more people submit and rate other works.

    If you have even a passing interest in writing, this game is a great way to exercise your creativity (it's particularly good for poetry imo).
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  2. Dec 18, 2014
    7
    Elegy for a Dead World may have its issues, but it provides the spark and kindling for a blaze of creativity. It ought to prove plenty of funElegy for a Dead World may have its issues, but it provides the spark and kindling for a blaze of creativity. It ought to prove plenty of fun for anyone Expand
  3. May 6, 2017
    4
    Game: Elegy for a Dead World
    Genre: Simulation
    Publisher/Developer: Dejobaan Games, LLC System: Steam (PC) Total Score: 41/100 Value
    Game: Elegy for a Dead World
    Genre: Simulation
    Publisher/Developer: Dejobaan Games, LLC
    System: Steam (PC)
    Total Score: 41/100
    Value Score: 4.1/10

    • Story: 6/10
    • Characters: 2/10
    • GamePlay: 4/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 7/10
    • Music: 5/10
    • Length: 2/10
    • Replay Value: 1/10
    • Player Value: 1/10

    Pros
    +Unique style to create your own narration or story which can be read by other players
    +Fantastic looking visuals and environment
    +Great sound effects that go well with the enivonrment

    Cons
    -Way too short, can be finished in 25-30 minutes
    -Only 3 worlds that you can visit
    -No characters, no voice acting and barely any presence of anything "alive" in the game
    -Barely any content in gameplay
    -Achievements almost impossible to get due to requirements (1,000 people reading your story)
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