This game is both absurd and amazing in equal proportions. I know I start all these spotlights like this, but I love it. I LOVE it.
Does Canned Rice Dream of a Napkin Heap throws you into a bizarre situation: you start the game and a robotic waiter at some galactic restaurant explains that in order to pay for your meal for the night, you’ll need to entertain some guests. How are you to entertain these guests exactly? By telling them a story. And wait, it gets better… to better illustrate your story, you’ll be using anything available on the table as ‘actors.’ So you’ll be introducing things like a battery, a pill, an eyeball in a glass box, or of course canned rice into the scene as actors, and then you’ll have to play out the scene.
But this is where things get really fun: there are about five guests you’re expected to entertain, and after each bit of action (which you’ll have to write just by the way) one of them will ask you a question: “is it legal” or “was it fun” or so on. Grading open writing in games is hard, so your answers to these hungry space aliens matters a lot more to the outcome of the game than what you actually write, but it’s a lot of fun regardless. The aliens aren’t so easy to please either: appeasing one will often anger another, so it’s an intricate balancing act. In the end I was able to entertain them all enough to pay for my dinner, so basically I nailed it.
At the end the game will generate a script for you to copy or save. I’ll post mine, a heartwarming story about a dog rescue, in the comments below (it’s a little long).
Like Killing Time at Lightspeed, this game appeared in the Antholojam, and is completely free to play in your browser*, so have a crack and post your generated scripts in the comments here!
*Note: Unity Web Player was discontinued in Chrome, you’ll need to use IE, Firefox or other to play it.