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"HOT GARBAGE: A Keysmash Story" is an interactive fiction game comic thing, and #4 in the Keysmash series.

You are ESTHER COTTONTAIL, student at the Storm Coast College of Art and Delima's (from the previous Keysmashes) roommate. Your Color Theory teacher has taken you on a "community outreach" field trip to the Storm Coast Aqueduct, a polluted and trickling waterway whose condition has worsened recently due to local wildfires. You and your classmates are tasked with cleaning the area of its plentiful garbage. Discover trashy treasures, solve mysteries, and explore the aqueduct in a funny interactive Keysmash story.

All "Support This Game" donations will go to California Wildfire Relief!

HOT GARBAGE was programmed using Inky, a great interactive fiction program that uses CSS and JavaScript. To make up for my inability to implement sound and background music, and also because this is a Keysmash property, I made a HOT GARBAGE playlist for you below. Put that on in another tab if you'd like, and/or listen to the album "Skelethon" by Aesop Rock.

>> spotify link! <<
> intro: lost by shad
> night terrors by bad moves
> the hole by laura stevenson
> cars with the boom by l'trimm
> pigpen by slothrust
> tuesday by malibu ken
> kids by PUP
> bee kind to the bugs by culture abuse
> FU by J.R.
> chinese satellite by phoebe bridgers
> zombie by the cranberries by AJJ by AJJ
> zero dark thirty by aesop rock
> nonbeliever by lucy dacus
> pleasure cruise by the scary jokes
> the trash the trash the trash by jeff rosenstock

Let me know if you run into any bugs! Thank you so much for playing! You can find the other Keysmashes on my itch and/or Gumroad for pay-what-you-can!

Big thanks to my friend Lillie for HTML and JavaScript help!


Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorTucker Wooley
GenreInteractive Fiction
TagsCartoon, Comedy, Comics, garbage, in-browser, keysmash, Kinetic Novel, poetry, Singleplayer


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~some late spoilers warning just in case~

bundle buyer here. this was real cute, poignant, funny, all the good stuff. I restarted a few times since I didn't end up on any path for my lil guy Gilbert and I'm glad I did because it canonically would have killed me otherwise. I'm not sure it's intended but if you clean up/finish all three sections without following Arcuri & Harrison you don't get any further choices to click, like there's no bus scene, hence the restarting. but regardless, this was a charming place to be for an hour and change. also Jeff Rosenstock owns