Reviews by AKheon

Inform 7

View this member's profile

Show ratings only | both reviews and ratings
View this member's reviews by tag: ADRIFT adult Adventuron choice-based ChoiceScript comedy Dialog drama educational experimental fantasy horror humor IF Comp 1995 IF Comp 1997 IF Comp 2003 IF Comp 2008 IF Comp 2011 IF Comp 2016 IF Comp 2019 IF Comp 2020 IF Comp 2021 IF Comp 2023 Inform Inform 7 Ink mystery parser-based Quest retro sci-fi surreal TADS Texture Twine Unity wordplay
...or see all reviews by this member
1-1 of 1

The Vambrace of Destiny, by Arthur DiBianca

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A well-presented dungeon crawl, November 7, 2023
by AKheon (Finland)
Related reviews: parser-based, Inform 7, IF Comp 2023, fantasy

The Vambrace of Destiny is a parser-based IF by Arthur DiBianca, published for IFComp 2023. The game is a dungeon crawler with a very streamlined execution. The writing and world building are both fairly minimal, and the normal Inform 7 interface has also been heavily modified to only accept single-button input, which makes the gameplay feel remarkably fast-paced and smooth.

The game is technically very impressive. Once you get used to how the game works, playing it feels like a breeze. Although the limited input scheme is quite unusual, I could see it working for a number of other kind of games on Inform 7 too. There's also a map screen that becomes updated as you keep exploring the game world, which makes moment-to-moment gameplay feel even cleaner.

One drawback of all this streamlining is that it really highlights the old school, essentially fetch quest-like and quite repetitive nature of the adventure itself. There are some fairly intricate puzzles which require you to do things in a certain order, or with certain timing, to mix things up. Still, with the minimal storytelling and minimal interface, I found myself slightly demotivated to continue after a point. I think you might have to love old school dungeon crawling just for the sake of it to get the most out of this title.

Was this review helpful to you?   Yes   No   Remove vote  
More Options

 | Add a comment 

1-1 of 1