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Member since February 27, 2008
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I've got some strong opinions for someone who's never shown the courage or skill to publish any IF of my own. Nonetheless, I am a big fan of the medium -- which I think is going to be rediscovered by the mainstream at some point -- and I hope you enjoy my reviews.

Here's a brief guide to my rating system. It is unusually harsh:

5 stars -- a piece so incredible it effectively defines the genre or technique that it introduces or perfects. Very, very few works will get 5 stars from me.

4 stars -- a work that is significantly above average and achieves something notable. In general, a game that excels but does not quite reach the apex of its class. A relatively small number of works will get 4 stars from me.

3 stars -- a game that is competently put together and enjoyable to play, but lacks the special something that would make it stand out. Best summed up as "good, not great". Many games will get this rating from me.

2 stars -- a passable attempt that is deficient in one or more qualities that would make it truly enjoyable. Basically, something that could have been a 3-star game but fell short in some way, or otherwise falls into the "blah" category. Many games will get this rating from me.

1 star -- a work that, in my mind, has no redeeming qualities or is so horribly non-functional that any such qualities are not relevant to the playing experience. Very few games will get this rating from me, as I try to find something good about most games.

I am most harsh in my reviews when a work shows little evidence of effort on the part of the author. Conversely, I am inclined to generosity when I feel like the author tried hard to realize an interesting goal, even if he or she was not successful in doing so.

Interactive Fiction by OtisTDog

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Reviews by OtisTDog

Earth and Sky 2: Another Earth, Another Sky, by Paul O'Brian   October 31, 2023
"Another Earth, Another Sky, the second installment of the popular Earth and Sky series, is a significant step up from its predecessor in..." - See the full review

The Act of Misdirection, by Callico Harrison   October 25, 2023
"I downloaded An Act of Misdirection many years ago, having seen it mentioned in passing in a positive way. The only thing that I..." - See the full review

Back To Life... Unfortunately, by David Whyld   October 25, 2023
"Back to Life... Unfortunately is an entertaining but significantly buggy game. I played version 3, obtained from the IF Archive. (At..." - See the full review

Wisher, Theurgist, Fatalist, by Xavid   October 24, 2023
"Wisher, Theurgist, Fatalist is a short game with an unusually ambitious scope. It is intended as an homage (self-described as "fanfic" in..." - See the full review

Plundered Hearts, by Amy Briggs   October 5, 2023
">SHOOT THE PIRATE This is the first line of Plundered Hearts. It is not a player command, but it looks like one. I don't know of any..." - See the full review

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OtisTDog's Played Games List

Crash, by Phil Riley
Indigo, by Emily Short
The Djinni Chronicles, by J. D. Berry
The Sleeping Princess, by Molly Engelberg, Alex Engelberg, and Mark Engelberg
Earth and Sky 2: Another Earth, Another Sky, by Paul O'Brian

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