maple's works

[quiet keyboard tapping...] oh, hey. welcome to maple's works.

So I’ve been playing a lot of lumines lately, it’s become somewhat of an obsession. If you’re unaware of what lumines is, it’s a music puzzle game made by Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Rez, Tetris Effect) where you rotate 2x2 blocks to form squares, accompanied by music and sound effects. It’s quite entrancing when you properly get into a game, and some sessions can go for as long as an hour if you’re good enough!

There’s quite a lot of titles in the series and I’ll be going over some of the ones I’ve played and what I like about them, as well as taking a look at a couple of obscure mobile games in the series. Let’s start with...

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“shit!! quickly, get a glove on that thing before it gets everywhere!!”

you slip a glove onto where your hand used to be, letting it cover your arm. the glove quickly fills up, and rainbow fluids start seeping through and pouring onto the ground.

your friend is just... staring at you, somewhat in shock. “are you not feeling anything from this?? no pain??”

“no, not really...” you reply, looking at your arm. what was a glove shaped glove has just become round and full of rainbow. “it’s actually kind of comfortable. and i don’t feel any wooziness or like im going to faint from blood loss... i’m not sure what this is.”

your friend, meanwhile, is still panicking quite a lot, placing a bucket underneath your arm. it quickly starts to fill up. you poke a finger in the bucket, licking at a drop of rainbow. it tasted of skittles. hm

#freewrite [might come back to this idea later]

[CW: blood]

I held up the black envelope. It had no address, no markings on it, and didn’t even seem to have an opening, but something was definitely awaiting inside it. Carefully positioning my scissors on the top, I tore it open, lifting out of it a piece of black paper. The writing on it was a somewhat discoloured red, smelling of... blood. Worrying... it had this to say:

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I hate it when 3D glasses don’t... actually work. It’s weird, there’s been several times where i’ve gone to my local cinema, been handed these glasses, but the color on them is always kind of off? like, instead of being red and blue, they’ll be purple and orange, i don’t get it. one day, i asked the clerk at the popcorn bar why the 3d glasses they had at the cinema were so weird, and he just smiled at me and said “Don’t ask questions you wish not to know answers to.” which made no sense, i very much did want to know what these answers were, but then he walked away from the counter and out of the movie theatre. he has since been declared missing

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[[[this was intended to be an about page for a scrapped version of my website in 2018. each paragraph would link to a different section covering a different topic – however, this iteration of the website was never completed, so it was never published.]]]

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[[[the basis for this idea came to my head in 2015 where i listened to youtube streams of some albums, and my head came up with a story based on what i was hearing. the ideal concept for this story is through video + audio – all the characters are mute, and the emotions and thoughts of the characters and settings are told through music. its possible for this to be retooled as a written story, however. note that this idea is still fairly rough in places. cw: death, arson]]]

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[[[this idea started as a dream from around 2014-ish, occurring a little while after visiting the science museum in london. its been thrown around with a lot of edits since then but here i will try to preserve the original version as best as i can remember it.]]]

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A game about stealing sweets.

PLAYERS – 2+ YOU WILL EACH NEED – bags of around the same size, and plenty of corner shops or pick ‘n’ mix stalls TIME NEEDED – recommended one week, however this is flexible and you can set however much time you want.

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“That's a really weird place to put a TV.”

Indeed, looking forward you saw the TV sitting on a cabinet with wheels in the middle of the hallway – a very peculiar sight. Did you even own a TV? Whose was this? It didn't even seem to be plugged in anywhere. Curious, you grab the trolley handles and roll it towards your apartment, bringing it in and locking your door with a thud.

You scratch your head. Even the TV itself is weird… It's a shiny glossy white with no visible buttons or connection inputs – no HDMI, RGB, scart even… and because of this it's incredibly thin, held straight only by the incredibly thick bottom stand that's pretty much the width of the cabinet itself. The only lead connected to the TV was a power plug, and even then that didn't seem right, having four prongs instead of three – you couldn't plug this TV in even if you wanted.

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you don't remember anything.

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