Game Review: Congee (2020, Becci)


This story is an entrant in the 2020 Interactive Fiction Comp.  All of the stories can be browsed and experienced here.

You have recently moved from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom, leaving behind both your mother and your culture.  One night, you find yourself suffering from a fever, missing your mom (and the time difference makes it inconvenient to call her), and, worst of all, craving congee.

(From the game: Congee /ˈkɒndʒiː noun  (in Chinese cooking) broth or porridge made from rice. Meat, fish, and flavourings are added while preparing the congee, and it is most often served as a meal on its own, especially for those who are feeling unwell.)

Like a lot of Twine Interactive Fiction, Congee is less of a game and more of a story with choices.  You can click to get more details and to learn more about the world and the lives of the characters in the story but ultimately, the story is the thing.  It’s a good story, though.  Even though it’s written through the eyes of someone who is dealing with a very specific experience, the themes are universal.  It made me homesick in a good way.

Congee can experienced here.

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