Magic Makeover

by S. Woodson.

tl;dr: entertaining, if wordy, parody.

Magical Makeover is a self-styled parody of over-the-top Flash games ‘for girls’, namely those whose interactivity consists wholly of choosing outfits. It starts with floridly described makeup products and a rhyming, snarky mirror but delves into a touch of body horror, and into riffs off fairy tales.

It eschews any fancy Twine effects, relying wholly on the text. Although the background was very likely a nod towards the games it parodies.

This game is generous, in various senses of the word. The writer revels indescription, evoking sparkly, colourful images. While the passages got lengthy at times, this was made up for by the wit: the game lampshades tropes from fairy tales and adventure stories. In fact, ‘lampshades’ doesn’t even begin to describe it – much of the game felt more like an exuberant riff.

The level of story branching was certainly generous as well. As the author says, there are seven possible endings, but I was impressed by how distinct and well-developed each of them were, with their own backstories.

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