The Left Right Game
The Left Right Game
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Best story ever made
My sister and I find ourselves coming back to this podcast time and time again, the easy this one is written is so amazing. You laugh, you cry, you get mad and you get sad, all the markings of an amazing tale. I am confident I will never find another story that compares to this story. Great work!
Embarrassingly clueless writing
Journalist: “Wow. You were in [the war in] Vietnam? How was that for you?” I really hope the ignorance displayed in this question says more about podcast writing than it does about journalism.
Really great story! The thought that was put into its creation is amazing! And the listening experience was wonderful! At many points, one is forced to use their imagination when hearing some of the sounds heard on “the road”, and I wish I could see what every listener imagined!!!
Interesting story, not the best format
There are several parts of the audio story where the sound effects do not make clear what is going on and there is no accompanying narration, so you’re left just not following at all what’s happening. I had to go to the r/nosleep Reddit thread that this podcast basically 100% drew from to read text to get clarity. Otherwise this was a fun podcast with a really engaging horror story.
I read this story on r/nosleep a few years back and I have not been able to get it out of my head since. It was the most captivating, original story I have ever read on that forum. I’ve yet to find another that has left such a lasting impression on me. I just about screamed when I discovered this, I’m so fricking excited, the production is wonderful, they definitely gave this story the drama and suspense that it deserves.
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The Left Right Game is an imaginative tale of fantasy and fiction juxtaposing two worlds that symbolize the human desire to understand an incomprehensible truth. Ethereal and gritty, the bases of logic are bent beyond human conception as characters traverse from one world to another facing the unknown armed with little to navigate themselves but their own endless, compulsive curiosity. Superbly crafted, acted and engineered, this pod is a different class of audio fiction.
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So good, but yet I’m a little confused. Some parts had me wondering what the heck was going on, is this supposed to be made into a tv show or the other way around? Great story though!
Lily Danger!
I love these series they are fun and enjoyable! Can’t wait to find another!!
Halfway There...
Not sure what the cringey phone sex voice was all about but that aside the story was good until a little halfway and then it was ....
Could have been better
I don’t know why I bother why I listening to QCode podcasts. The audio was fantastic and the story like was interesting but the ending was unsatisfying. It appeared as though the writer wrote his way into a corner and couldn’t get out so he gave up. The last few episodes were nonsense.
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Good beginning but gets confusing
Much like other reviewers I was hooked at the beginning but halfway/three-quarters of the way through I was lost. There were scenes with minimal narration and tons of sounds for the audio immersion facet of the production. These sounds meant nothing to me - smack, plop, gurgle, thwap, kerplunk, scream, footsteps in the woods, some yelling, gunshot, more footsteps. A few episodes later it sounded like the narrator lost a limb bc it referred to her phantom limb...when did that happen?!? Was the kerplunk and the gurgle her losing her limb? Who knows - it never got explained. For all the work they did on the immersive audio experience, they should have done an equal amount of work on the storyline and narration. I was so lost at the end I had to look on forums and most of the people there were just as confused as me!
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I found a recording descrepency
I’m not hitting on the podcast for quality I love the story just wanted to let you guys know not that on episode 9 at exactly 6:53 you hear car key twice, first from the guy that said it and the speaker from the girl trying to sync up with the lines and i guess it was to close to cut it out or you just missed it. Just trying to help! :)
nott yours
Echoing what others said
I really loved it but it was hard to understand what was going on during some sequences. The fact that I still gave it five stars is a testament to how good every other aspect is.
Amazing story, original is better
So don’t get me wrong this story is really incredible and hooked me straight from the start. But when certain things start to happen, things that this podcast should probably have content warnings about, I started to get lost when I could only hear them and hear the characters screaming in peril. I got to about episode 5 before I switched over to the original reddit story because with the written description, I actually know what’s happening, I don’t just have to guess (and I also don’t have to listen to incredibly traumatic sound effects with little to no warning)
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It’s actually good, it seriously...
...would it kill people to just explain what is going on? I don’t mean, spoon feed us the answers or write ahead of “plotholes,” I mean why is anyone doing this game? What’s the prize? What usually happens, because the guide told them that all that death and destruction isn’t the norm. And yes, why does it exist? What’s it’s purpose? Who’s in charge of this game? I hope there’s a S02 to go more into this, even though everyone is dead and it just sounds like another poor idiot is about to die.
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rosa manzo
A great experience
The voice acting here is top notch. My favorite is W. Earl Brown as Rob. I believe every word he says. Tessa and Amel do a great job as well. The honesty of the voice cast draws you in to the world and makes you care about them. The story pulls you in and keeps on delivering new twists and turns ( no pun intended ). The sound is so well engineered it’s worth it on its own. Really a fun listen.
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Natty Robinovich
Left/right reddit post to podcast
So, this story is one of my all time favorites that I have read on reddit. I was so invested in this story I felt like I was apart of the caravan that played the left and right game. This story affected me, I knew it wasn’t real but I wanted to be... The story was extremely well written on the reddit thread, that being said the story is almost exactly the same story that you will read on the reddit post. Although, I will say that the podcast doesn’t do a great job in explaining what is happening just the sound effects so you are kinda left in the dark to what is happening which can be sorta cringy since you want to know what’s happening. I knew what was happening so it wasn’t as disappointing for me, but if I never read the reddit post, I would be kind of upset to not know what was happening... The beginning and end is sorta the podcasts twist on it but the acting is great. I wanted to slap blue jay so bad and they did a good job making you dislike her lol! I really like Tessa Thompson too, she is an absolutely great actor (shout out - west world!) and did a fantastic job being Alice/Bristol - :-)
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VERY disappointing ending...
All the way through the first 3/4 of this story I would have given it TEN out of five stars if possible. Then all of a sudden the storyline becomes a bit confusing, a bit jumbled, maybe even a bit rushed. And in the final episode as the story wrapped itself up I was just completely disappointed. I would still absolutely give it a listen if you’re into horror audio drama podcasts, as it was phenomenal through the first two acts, but the ending will most likely leave you clamoring for something more. It’s a shame, they could have taken so many other routes for the ending...
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mostly echoing everyone else
such a great start. amazing, rly drew me in, everything was so so good. episode 3 was actually kind of horrifying. but the ending was sosososososo confusing. and the bits where it was only sound effects? no idea what was happening. the cast and acting were amazing, same with the sound design. but the end was too much of a let down to rly rly appreciated it.
jesus help pls
Started out with a bang ended with a fizzle.
Loved the beginning and the middle, but the end - ugh. No clue what actually happened. If this had been a book I’d have thrown it across the room but I’m not throwing my iPhone, Edith, across the room for nothing. Can we get a do over?
red foz
Great Eerie Story!
Great dramatic podcast for anyone who enjoyed The Southern Reach trilogy books or Lost television show! Excellent production values and acting. Got me hooked in the very first episode! Worth your time!
Loved It!
I absolutely loved this podcast! It did get a little confusing at times, but other than that is was fantastic!
Great Podcast
The ending left a bit to be desired, but it was otherwise a great story!
Worth a listen!
The beginning was awesome and definitely drew me in but then the story and sounds got hard to decipher, plus the ending was confusing and left a lot to be desired. On the other hand, I could listen to Tessa Thompson read a Cheesecake Factory menu. Her voice is mesmerizing!
Best sound effects in a podcast
Sound effects A+++ Voice Acting A++ Story B+ I’ve listened to A LOT of podcasts over the years. A LOT. There are many variables that contribute to a great podcast, voice acting, story line, sound effects, and recording quality. I’m going to rate this podcast as one of the best I’ve listened to so far because of the acting and the sound effects. The voice acting is excellent, which is not unexpected, considering the actresses and actors we have here. Tessa Thompson was absolutely lovely with her dulcet voice. The story was captivating and I was totally invested in it, although there were several times when it was confusing. The ending was not exactly what I expected, very ambiguous and a bit of a let down. Overall though, I enjoyed it. Listen, the immersive sound effects from Sonos was AMAZING. I can’t go back now. Could not ruin the podcast for me despite its few drawbacks. AMAZING.
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Ambiguous ending is a cop out
I’m just over these shows that don’t know how to wrap it up with a decent ending. There are definitely places in episodes where the listener has no clue what’s going on. The corresponding sound effects are not telling enough to lead a person to understand what’s happening. The show has high production value, but the actual storytelling leaves the listener with too many “fill in the blanks” with creepy, weird, sometimes gross sound effects. Interesting story, though, and I was still with it until the end...and then the ending was a huge let down. It’s annoying that so many people give this five stars. They must be “new” and give zero weight to the value of having the guts to complete a story with a finite ending. If there’s a season 2 in the works I’d be delighted to be proven wrong.
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Excellent storytelling. The sound immersion was novel, sometimes confusing, but this was overall very compelling.
The entire story has a deeper meaning to it. The ending felt so familiar, as if it was everything life would say if it could say. Each character had a meaning and they all stood for something big within the journey, they all gave a piece to a bigger meaning. I appreciated listening to this podcast and overall gaining so much from it. The writer is so amazing!
Don’t know what’s happening
This is real good but when crazy things start to happen like fights or people are in danger etc. You hear the sound but don’t know what’s happening. There is no narrator of some sort describing what’s going on.
This is was awesome story! I was hooked from the start! Then as the story continued I got more and more confused. I was unable to tell where the characters were. The story was amazing and the ending just did not do it for me. Over all, a great story.
I. Lindquist
Enthralling and amazing
I love the sound and the characters were really well done. They were very believable and real. The ending was a little confusing but satisfying.
Ending Ruined This
I was locked into this podcast, but the final episodes just didn’t do it for me. The ending especially was a bit disappointing. At one point was I listing to A Quiet Place? Just could have been better.
Started strong but...
The Left Right Game started well. Characters were easy to identify, the story was interesting and pretty easy to follow. The sounds were also easily put into context and identified. But, around episode 6 or 7, the story becomes convoluted and the sounds begin to be less identifiable. The whole thing just gradually makes less and less sense until the final episode. The final episode is just a mess. The main character starts having conversations with unexplained voices and the sound effects are barely identifiable. At one point maybe she was digging, but I’m really not sure why. All in all, knowing what I do now, I certainly wouldn’t repeat this experience.
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Well done, but confusing ending
First of all, the sound design on this show is amazing. You need to listen with headphones, because it’s definitely a 3D experience. The story is fascinating and exciting, and the characters are believable and engaging. I couldn’t wait to hear what was happening with Alice and her fellow travelers, or with Tom and his quest. My only complaint is that the ending was a little confusing and abrupt.
Does any other exist
As far as I can tell there exist only two great and one good HORROR/SCI FI non anthology podcast. The Best is this RT/L, followed by Blackout then Borraska ( misspelled ). Yes I listed horror because that’s my true love. The only recommendations are okay but none are better than this. This is great but it’s short and for as great as it is should not be the best. If anyone knows any true great recommendations please list them in comments. Don’t bother with any by the same company or show up in the immediate recommendations or anthologies as I’ve already tried them ALL and meh. Is there any long form horror this good or better?
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Sorry, but if I want to listen to Phoebe Judge I’ll listen to Criminal. I don’t know if the “Alice” actor actually sounds like her or is trying too hard to sound like her, either way, too distracting.
Great until it wasn’t
The plot was great until progress was made down the road and the whole experience became more about sound effects than it did narrative. By episode 10, I was lost. Great, until it wasn’t.
Awesome concept that falls flat
This was a cool concept. I was fully immersed in the story for 5-6 episodes then the writers took a left or was it a right. Any case they could use mire description in the audio. Too many times there was a crash or eerie noise that wasn’t explained. The ending was a total let down. Hopefully, QCode does a better job with the next one. Please put your sound credits at the end or beginning of the podcast. It takes the listener out of the experience when there’s a pause in the action.
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duane sanchez
Disturbing and engaging with an allegorical twist
Listen carefully. If you like philosophical fiction and know that’s what you’re in for it’s much more meaningful and satisfying. You’ll have to slog through some of it. But it’s worth it. I had to delisted to the last two episodes to put it all together.
I think it started really strong, but the last episodes got to be a little confusing! However when you binge the entire series (like I did) you barely notice!
Stayed up all night and binged it
Loved it. But thought the end was confusing. I have some storytelling quibbles with the audio design. Like, I don’t want to learn that you lost an arm ten minutes later and be confused.
Climaxed too early
This is a creative journey that has you by the edge of your seat for a while. I thought the rushed deaths happened a little too closely together without much closure between each so we don’t get a chance to become invested in those characters. We do get invested in Alice, Tom, and Rob. But Tom seems to turn his life upside down to find Alice and Alice doesn’t even seem to give one thought about Tom. The sound effects are the ultimate best, but confusing at times. Like when Tom is at Alice’s parent’s house I don’t understand the white noise. And when Tom is playing the left/right game I couldn’t barely hear the audio recording of Alice he was listening to and I didn’t understand the thump sound of like a body being put somewhere? It’s probably evident to the creators that wrote it, but not so much to the listener, even when they reposted multiple times. So I think I’ll tune in for the next season because of the mystery, but the last episode of two didn’t really give me a reason except for hoping that Alice, Tom, and Rob meet up again. I don’t really care about the other characters or the game because the writing didn’t allow me to invest in them. This has the potential to become a really powerful story.
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Delightfully creepy
Post-Script: I still very much enjoyed this podcast to the end. BUT I’d recommend that the production and writing team consider an omniscient narrator for some of these scenes. There were several scenes in the last few episodes where I simply did not know what was happening. Slithering, scratching, WHOOSH! It sounds great but it doesn’t do much to paint a clear picture in the listener’s mind. Still, BRAVO and thank you for an enjoyable ride 😉. Original review: And so well-produced and excellently acted that I literally danced a jig when the second episode went full on creeeeepy. Great distraction these days.
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Great pod
Will there be a second season
Yug fan 817
Draws you in
This podcast is one of my favorites. The voice acting is fabulous and the story draws you in completely. I find myself loving certain characters and hating others, totally absorbed in what will happen next. For lovers of fantasy stories, this is a must.
Baked Crisp
The first 6-7 episodes were very interesting. But this really falls apart in the last few episodes and turns into an annoying slog. Wish I had quit after episode 7. Wouldn’t really recommend.
Another r/nosleep Story!
Just finished the Borrasca podcast, which was the first NoSleep story that got me into horror writing. Then, I find that my other favorite story, the Left Right Game, is a podcast too!! So excited, this story left me in a daze.
Started strong .....
Started strong, good acting, great sound effects, bad story ending, Feel like I've wasted my time Too many times listen to sound effects and wait for the characters to recp what happened. Maybe listen to some radio dramas from yesteryear to hear how it's done
Ken Ess
Immersive and interesting but falls flat at the end
This podcast, similar to Borrasca, is extremely interesting and immersive throughout most of the show but the ending just lets me down. It’s anticlimactic and didn’t really resolve anything in my mind. The Left Right Game sometimes leaves too much to the imagination by being vague and sometimes confusing. The story is unique though, and still definitely worth the listen.
Great buildup to a flop of a final episode
I binged most of this. The second to last episode I listened to twice and went back to some previous ones so I could fully understand what was happening. It was SO 👏🏼 GOOD 👏🏼. The last episode is so BLAH. Very disappointed. Give a bonus alternate ending that lives up to the hype?!!
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