“Rip Retold” is a simple game that gives some extra details and storylines to embellisht to Irving’s original short story.
Gameplay: The gameplay is choice-based, with most decision points separated by long stretches of narrative. There aren’t a lot of branches to it, but it describes a sidestory that fits in neatly with the original plot. 5/10.
Mechanics: There aren’t many choices to be made during the game, and the ones that are there don’t have much effect on the story. The first choice reached in the game, for example, is simply one of continuing the narrative or summarily ending it. The choices that are available do flesh out the characters a bit, though, and that’s the main appeal of a work like this based off a pre-existing story. 5/10.
Presentation: The story itself is interesting and moves at a steady pace. I didn’t find it particularly remarkable or memorable, but it’s done well. 5/10.
You might be interested in this game if: You like the original short story.