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March 24th, 2013

Virtual Tourist - Little Inferno 3/24/13

Steam is the devil! I decided to play a little Worms Pinball and then when I was leaving they showed me weekend specials. Nooooooo! They had one that was so bizarre and cute looking (and cheap!) that I caved in. Thus this weeks virtual tour is on the indie game Little Inferno.


Little Inferno - a game for your inner pyro.


The premise is that you're a kid, alone in your home, and just got Little Inferno for a present. The world is cold and getting colder. So you can do your part by burning stuff up. You also get money for burning stuff, which allows you to buy more stuff to burn from catalogs.

This is the first catalog. Make sure to keep each description up for a half minute. Many have super amusing little videos. A few are disturbing. Heh heh

As you buy stuff and burn it, you also realize you can make combos! This give you a big cheer, a big star, and reward money and stamps. (Not that you can really run out of cash. There are spiders that come down the chimney you can flame and get coins.)

This is what Little Inferno looks like. The face in the middle doesn't do anything (until way later) though the moon and magnet can make the gears move faster. On the top right is the toggle to show you the combo list. On the top left is your cash and stamps. (Stamps can make your delivery of items faster.) At the bottom is the button to open up catalogs and your mail/package shelf.

The things you put in there can react in all manner of unexpected ways. That's the Mini Moon and Magnet - both on fire. And defying gravity.

Yes, somethings definitely burn better than others. Yyyyyeeeesssss.

You have to work at some of the combos too. Hints might be found in the descriptions, others you have to think outside the box for. Spider Egg works for the Generations Combo. Of course some combos you can't create until you get more catalogs.

Spider there in the back. There are some that even fly. Some of the stuff do things when placed in the fireplace before you even torch them - move or make sounds or have an effect on other things. This little kitty looks around. When you flame him up, he poohs all over the fireplace! Ewwww. (That dang LOL Kitty Combo still evades me!) The puffer fish made me jump when I put him in there. Not gonna tell you why! Hee!

Unopened packages on the shelf there. (The green plus is to pay to make the shelf bigger, so it holds more stuff.)

Blow Fish and Octopus thing after they did their thing. They eyes stayed around for a while. Rolling around, watching. Always watching.

Freaky Cereal. Actually throws out teeth. Eek!

You get letters as you play from the creator of Little Inferno, from a neighbor, and from the Weather Man. Make sure you're done making combos before you do the combo the neighbor tells you or you won't get to do more! Though you then do go into a whole other fifteen minute section of the game.

WARNING! The little 1960's like happy ditty that plays when you are looking at the catalogs is highly ADDICTING! That song has been driving me nuts for a week! And all you'll want to do is get to play and make combos! Combos! COMBOS! (And torch stuff! Woot!)

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Info, sample chapters, and free reads at www.gloriaoliver.com

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