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Spider And Web
"Don't be absurd," he says. "You're no more a sightseer than the Old Tree in Capitol Square; and if you'd had enough sense to walk away from that door, you wouldn't be here. You don't and you didn't and are; we caught you. And you're going to start by telling me how you got through that door. Do you understand me?"
The Interrogator

Spider And Web is an independently written work of Interactive Fiction created by Andrew Plotkin, which won five of the 1998 Xyzzy Awards and was a finalist for four more. The story is told through a series of flashbacks by an Unreliable Narrator - who also happens to be the protagonist, an unnamed, captured spy, on an unknown mission against an unidentified country in the near future, and equipped with a wide variety of sophisticated tools.

The game may be found here.

Spider And Web provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alien Sky: One of the pictures in the interrogator's office shows that this world has two moons. One of the interrogator's lines also mentions that there are two moons, and no-one's landed on either yet. This makes it likely that the game takes place at a later stage in the history of the world in the same author's game So Far, which also has two moons.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: You use the teleporter, but you never find out where it takes you.
  • Cultured Badass: The interrogator's personal office contains shelves full of books, and his own sketches.
  • Deconstruction Game
  • Featureless Protagonist: Played with. The protagonist's sex, age and looks are indeed never specified; however, as the game progresses, it implies a more specific history and personality for the protagonist.
  • Foregone Conclusion: You know almost from the start that you got captured. The plot of the game is tracing the precise course of events that led to that moment.
  • Framing Device: Your interrogation.
  • Heroic Mime: Not quite, but the majority of the interrogation is carried out through the interrogator using equipment to read your mind in induced flashbacks; uncommonly for an Interactive Fiction game, your only dialogue options are "yes" and "no".
    • And "tango".
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Not So Different: Your interrogator tries this on you.
  • No Name Given: You, and your interrogator's only referred to by his title: with'.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: Annoying the interrogator enough will make him fry your brain.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The piece of enemy tech you are there to investigate.
  • Throwing the Distraction: Early in the game, you throw your lockpick to distract a guard. Subverted. The "distraction" story was to cover up the fact that the player character had left the lockpick in a lock while hiding from the guard.
  • Undead Author: Possible to achieve by dying in a flashback... upon which the interrogator will call you on it and let you retry.
  • Unreliable Narrator: You. Figuring out your cover story (and your real story) is the biggest challenge in the game.
  • Wham Episode: Everything after your escape from the chair.
  • Wham Line: "tango".
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: You're sent in with cool gadgets that border on Applied Phlebotinum.

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