Can you Find The Mole In This Spy Organisation?

By Clickhole. Playable here.


I loved the blurb. Spy hands! Spy keys! It pretty much encapsulates what the game is about.

This Twine-style game is a silly, entertaining romp through the tropes of noir fiction and espionage stories. While it superficially channeled John le Carré, it grew tiresome after a while, precisely because the ‘parody’ aspect was laid on too thick. Any semblance of humanity in the NPCs or, indeed, in the PC, was quickly quashed by the lack of a sensible storyline. A lesson, perhaps, to us that genre-breaking and lampshading are nice to have, but without a good story, they are merely gimmicks.

Maybe this is just my inner curmudgeonly old man speaking, but while this short game is good for a quick laugh, it is, in the end, rather unmemorable.

The format is, I suspect, original to Clickhole, but similar in spirit to Twine. The website, as a whole, seems to veer toward clickbait titles reminiscent of Buzzfeed, so I wonder how effectively this game has been promoted through Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr so far.

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