If you were a little girl (or boy), would you, on a dark night, accept candy from a stranger? I genuinely hope the answer to that question is a resounding “no”, but… what if? This a hypothetical question I didn’t know how much I needed an answer to until I played Food From a Stranger.
Our story starts, as you might have deduced from that opening paragraph, on a dark night, where a little girl is offered candy by a – for all intents and purposes – creepy stranger. No strings attached. Just candy, and really, what child doesn’t enjoy sugary sweet super unhealthy foods? But the problem is the ‘stranger’ part. Candy is candy and candy is good. Even I, an adult, will gladly admit as much. Just not from a stranger. I can not stress that part enough.
Anyway, back to Food From a Stranger, where Emily – its protagonist – is quite the optimist, to say the least. She’s also quite the gutsy kid, as I’d wager most her age likely wouldn’t converse with a stranger on an empty street. They’d either know better or be too afraid, because of the unknown factor. Not Emily, though. Why? Simple: candy.
Now, while I’d gladly go into greater detail, doing so with this particular visual novel would mean spoiling the already short story, and we can’t have that now, can we? No. None of that. So, since it’s not only free but also won’t take long to finish, and an interesting read on top of all that, I’m just gonna go ahead and recommend giving it a go yourself, instead. Trust me.
Food from a Stranger is available from itch.io, for free (pay-what-you-want).