Rip Retold

It's a short retelling of the Washington Irving classic, reset in the modern day and seen through the eyes of a boy who grows up with Rip Van Winkle asleep on the village green. There's not a lot of places where the story can go. I think there are really only two places where you have a choice that matters: one which I didn't much care to take and therefore didn't explore, and one which ends the story right away. As Interactive Fiction, it's pretty lightweight.

There's some effort towards an exploration of the emotional ramifications of Rip Van Winkle's twenty-year nap, of course. In a way, it's pretty touching. I don't know if the writing really pulls off everything it's trying to do, but I'll give it credit for at least trying. Maybe with something a little meatier, we'd have a better sense of the author's writing chops ... maybe the author would have better scope for the interactive aspect.

As a breakfast, it's maybe a cranberry muffin. Light, sweet, inoffensive, quickly done and quickly gone.