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Coloratura (Glulx)

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Coloratura is a sci-fi text adventure game with some horror elements. An expedition to a distant planet has uncovered a curious artifact, a cube filled with a mystery substance. Unbeknownst to the discoverers, the cube actually contains an intelligent alien being with alarming abilities, who escapes and proceeds to wreak havoc around their starship — and that alien is you.

The player's task is to somehow get the cube returned back to where it belongs. The alien protagonist perceives things in its own, exotic way (seeing emotions as a rainbow of colors, for example), and it has some unusual abilities at its disposal, such as recoloring people's auras to change their emotions.


Coloratura Glulx The entire rainbow of emotions is at your disposal, and the humans are your canvas
Coloratura Glulx Varicolored voices surround you
Coloratura Glulx The human vessel is such a mess of confusing noises
Coloratura Glulx For some reason, humans resist the happiness you bring upon them

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  • XYZZY Awards
    • 2013 — Best Game — Winner
    • 2013 — Best Puzzles — Winner
    • 2013 — Best Individual Puzzle (Creating the meat monster) — Winner
    • 2013 — Best Individual PC — Winner
    • 2013 — Best Writing — Finalist
    • 2013 — Best Story — Finalist
    • 2013 — Best Setting — Finalist
    • 2013 — Best Individual NPC (Mercy) — Finalist
    • 2013 — Best Implementation — Finalist
    • 2013 — Best Supplemental Materials (Ship plans) — Finalist
  • IF Comp
    • 2013 — 1st place
    • 2013 — Miss Congeniality Award — 1st place

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JudgeDeadd (25336) added Coloratura (Glulx) on Sep 07, 2018