Candied, crushed sago't gulaman
by Dustin Covan
In the beginning, you are a yeti sleeping on the forest floor. You dream of nothing except voices and melting faces in a bush. Around you are caterpillars, gigantic and crumpled.
You go right, as you do in these kinds of situations. Your gait betrays your ponderous majesty. You don’t walk. You saunter, not minding objective or destination. The forest is your stomping ground. Above, the infinite sky. A tense of the thigh and an eye on the prize, and you can claim the clouds.
[Every Tuesday, we… tues a free browser game that you can play in five minutes.]
The voices guide you all the way. Whenever you wake up, they are behind you. An antagonistic sort, they tell you of rewards you never receive. But they are surly without being hostile. And those stars do look enticing. Theoretically. The voices teach you how to reach higher places, to help those in need. You develop as… well, whatever paragon of decorum a yeti aims to become. A gentlesquatch.
The voices tell you to explore the game on your own. Seize your own agency. They berate you one last time, and then they are gone. You are no longer beholden to the cantankerous bush of faces. You are free to choose your path. Empathy or evil, you carve your way through existence by deliberate lumbering or nimble acrobatics. Either way, you don’t quite understand what “empathy” or “evil” are anyway. You’re a yeti. What are you doing wrestling with metaphysical concepts?
You begin to realize that you don’t understand anything at all. The voices were right. This isn’t your forest and you are not all powerful. Yeti Yeti Yeti Yeti is a game that holds your hand for a few minutes before slapping it away. The voices leave you as you initially are: a creature lost in the woods, with nothing but idle thoughts prompting you to go places, to do things.
Manage to get far enough and you will encounter an ending. An ending you probably didn’t even expect. Or maybe didn’t even like. Try again. There are multiple endings governed by major decisions. As a yeti, those are the only ones you are allowed to make.