- Platforms: Web (Flash Player)
- Release Date: April 2011
- Team: Eli Piilonen, David Carney
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This is a Work of Fiction is a game dedicated to conspiracy-theory websites, like the old one about the time cube (find it on the internet archive some time – it’s incredible). It’s a collection of puzzles with no written instructions other than their titles, and completing them unlocks pieces of a story about a person who has been finding clues about an impossibly huge and amorphous conspiracy (but be warned – it doesn’t involve any elder gods, or aliens, or robots, or politicians, or deadpan guys in suits, or giant companies).
A.V. Club Best Browser Games of 2011
If you like edgy atmosphere, mysterious trappings, and figuring things out without instructions, This is a Work of Fiction is well worth your time.
Eli Piilonen’s puzzle game is at times infuriatingly oblique, but like an ornery martial-arts master, the hard-nosed insistence becomes admirable, memorable, and ultimately endearing as the game’s strange puzzles unfold.