7 responses

  1. Nicolau
    January 18, 2012

    This is brilliant. I’ve been curious about this piece for a week, so I didn’t mind the spoilers, even though I haven’t finished playing all the characters. This game is indeed work of genius, and I bet Hofmeier is quite satisfied that at least one person was able to grasp everything he constructed so carefully on a conscious level.

  2. HM
    January 18, 2012

    Thanks Nicolau. Writing about Cart Life is hard simply because (a) there’s so much to say, I cut out a lot of thoughts from this, and (b) I really wanted to do it justice. I’m still not sure I’ve written the article I wanted to about the game, but at least I tried.

    Don’t know if too many people will be reading this initially as I don’t think everyone who was intending to give Cart Life a go has had a chance yet =)

  3. ShaunCG
    January 18, 2012

    Indeed, I’ve had to skim past all that tasty-looking text on the basis that I will probably play this at some point.

  4. Richard
    January 19, 2012

    I can’t think of any way to articulate my appreciation, so I’ve done the very least I can by fixing many of the bugs you’ve listed here. Bugfix build: http://richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/basilica/viewforum.php?f=3

    This is the kind of careful attention that any artist spends their time dreaming about – all humility is now gone from me, and a new life as a megalomaniac has begun. Please consider my thanks to be immense and quite severe.

  5. HM
    January 19, 2012

    Cool, Richard! The world needs a few more megalomaniacs. Who knows, you’ll probably start supporting SOPA/PIPA and lambasting the pirates who are making copies of your game.

    Oh I could write words and words about Cart Life. I have so many observations about the little things Cart Life gets up to. Like the implied achievement of being sociable which is revealed when you complete the game – indicating how many different people you “unlocked” which is another jab at the problem of work-life balance.

    In-game “Richard” is an interesting character. He launches into these crazy speeches when you engage him in small talk and then, after waiting patiently for him to finish – he doesn’t tip. I’m not going to draw any conclusions from this, oh no.

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