ASF 1: The Eye of Geltz Is Watching Us
Somewhere in a galaxy far away from here is a tide locked planet. On the dark side, where the sun never rises, the Ugeltz, or dark people, live for as long as they can remember. Their, mainly paternalistic and feudal, society is a dying one as their culture, economy and lives are dependant from an energy source, Margin, that has run out.
Two different factions seem to be present in the dark realm: the haves who are pessimistic and who live a hedonistic and decadent live; and the have-nots who believe that there is somewhere a Realm of Light where a solution might be found to rescue the society from its imminent collapse and – en passant – bring in a better life, abolish slavery and give equal rights to everyone.
The reigning king Ugk feels that it is time to give the throne to the son who can come up with a solution for their dying society and here is where this adventure game starts. You play as Rabbok, one of the enlightened sons of the king and he will try to get in contact with the followers of the Realm of Light.
Written and programmed by Jospin Le Woltaire, the freeware game The Eye of Geltz Is Watching Us, the first part of the A Second Face (ASF) trilogy, was released in 2008 (with its most recent, Spanish language, update in 2010). That year it was promptly nominated fifteen times for the Adventure Game Studio awards and got away with three prizes: Best Game, Best Story and Best Backgrounds.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Despite its many nominations ASF is clearly an amateur game, depending on volunteers and working with no budget. It is up to the player to like or dislike the crude drawings (frankly, I like them, they give the place a drab and claustrophobic look) but some harsh criticism has been written about the voice acting that is, and I fully agree, quite silly. And there are those typical adventure game traps, like having to distil a certain potion twice without getting a hint that might lead you to that conclusion or the fact that an important item happens to swim by in the stomach of a fish... There is an outworldish, rough kind of humour as well, what to think about a beggar who has sold his stomach to medicine because he doesn't have anything to eat anyway?
ASF: The Eye of Geltz Is Watching Us is not an adult game in the strict sense of the word but a game with a certain mature content, that will awfully disappoint fans of click and fuck games. The Ugeltz have an official deity: Geltz, a hermaphrodite fertility god, and during the annual festival orgies are being organised in his temple. Needless to say that the festival is the right time to search for hidden items in the temple.
The most erotic moment happens during a drug-induced spiritual trip when Rabbok gets in telepathic contact with his second face, Fraka, an inhabitant of the sunny side of the planet. She will be the protagonist of the second part of the ASF trilogy.
ASF 2: May Sunlight Be With You
May Sunlight Be With You will be situated on the side of the planet where the sun never descends. The tribe has a nudist culture and a philosophy based on freedom but obviously some people are thinking differently.
Started in 2009, the second chapter was promised for 2011, but not even a demo version has been uploaded. Le Woltaire's progress report on ASF2 stops in November 2011, his blog hasn't been updated since March 2011 and his latest tweet dates from March 2012 (and isn't at all about ASF). It seems that the downfall of the Geltz civilisation has struck on its creator as well, which is a pity.
In the freeware gaming world many are invited but few are chosen and the internet is full of games in beta status that are in perpetual limbo and that never will be finished. On an old blog of mine (defunct as well, so who am I to complain?) I once wrote about an open source remake of Yoot Tower (or Sim Tower, if you prefer) and how the project had apparently halted because the contributors couldn't agree. That text had only been published for a few hours or I was reprimanded, by the project leader, that my comments were completely wrong and that the program was still alive and kicking. Today, in 2012, the Open Yoot Tower project page is still on the web, at exactly the same level it was three years ago. A few spin-off projects, started by the disgruntled collaborators, have not been moving either.
While we can't force people to go on with their projects I would like to see chapters two and three of A Second Face. Le Woltaire created a bizarre, slightly worrying but addictive virtual world and it is not because reality has caught up on him that he has to stop thinking about his planet, after all he has been commissioned by Geltz and A Second face urgently needs a second chance.
Update January 2013: the official A Second Face forum has been updated in January 2013 (after a year of silence) and apparently ASF2 is still being worked on... to be continued...
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