Galatea by Emily Short

Emily Short's description:

A conversation with a work of art. "47. Galatea. White Thasos marble. Non-commissioned work by the late Pygmalion of Cyprus. (The artist has since committed suicide.) Originally not an animate. The waking of this piece from its natural state remains unexplained."

Galatea is my first released foray into interactive fiction. It is a single conversation with a single character, which can end any of a number of ways depending on the player's decisions. Despite its age, I continue to get strong reactions to it in my email inbox on a fairly regular basis. Some people love it; some people find it annoying or distressing.

Galatea has what I call a multilinear plot: unlike traditional IF, it has no single path to victory. Instead there are a large number of endings, some more satisfactory than others, of which many could be considered "win" states. It takes only a few minutes of play to arrive at an ending, but considerably longer to find all of them.

The game also takes an ambitious approach to NPC (non-player character) conversation, both in terms of volume (Galatea has many hundreds of things to say) and complexity (she keeps track of the state of conversation and reacts differently according to what has already been said and done).
Information in this game listing is copyright Michael R. Bacon, Eriorg, Emily Boegheim, Emily Short, Edward Lacey, is taken from IFDB, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Review by By Crom
15 Apr 2018
I love Emily Short's IF. Very creative, though sometimes it's hard to know what commands would work. I'm glad she provided a help command to give clues.

Review by deadroses
23 Feb 2018
trash im deleting

Review by taaaffeitedreams
02 Apr 2017
Loved it, simple and interesting.

Review by Van
13 Mar 2017
I really enjoyed this!

Review by selentte
28 Jan 2017
LOVED IT! It was amazingly detailed and interesting!

Review by BeautyvsAshes
09 Jun 2014
This was very intriguing. I enjoyed it but found it frustrating to attempt to come up with the right question. I assume the point is to try to get Galatea to turn around? I didn't manage it, but might try again later. Well-written though.

Review by THEBanana316
07 Mar 2014
The description says all I have to say. I played this game for several minutes and only got three or four endings.

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Written by
Emily Short
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Published 2000
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