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I Didn't Know You Could Yodel

by Andrew J. Indovina and Michael Eisenman


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: competition release
License: Freeware
Development System: C
Baf's Guide ID: 481
IFID: Unknown
TUID: bqccax2sevndrziu

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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

I would be very surprised if anyone (outside, perhaps, of the authors' circle of friends) is able to solve the game without a walkthrough. Many of the riddles (and yes, there are many many of them) left me baffled, even after I knew the solution. Moreover, the abrupt, patchwork nature of the game gave me the impression that in several situations only one action would do, and how anyone would guess that action is beyond me. By the way, if you're offended by descriptions of "swimsuit babes acting out your wildest fantasy" or borderline-racist, stereotypical depictions of Indians (Native Americans, not Bengalis), then Yodel is probably not the game for you. If, on the other hand, you're in the mood for something lowbrow, then grab a walkthrough -- Yodel is not entirely without its rewards.
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The authors were not at a loss for good ideas. Subpar parser, plotlessness, and static NPCs aside, the biggest problem this game had was simply its authors' fixation on bathroom humor - and that _was_ a big problem. There were quite a few positive aspects of the game, however. Quite a bit of imagination went into it; it's just too bad that so much of it was directed toward jokes involving bodily functions.
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The mechanics of this game played really well and it understood most of my input. The writing is reasonable and I only noticed a couple of slips in the spelling (metronome mentioned above is one). But, as you have probably deduced from the above, I didn't really like this game. It didn't suit my taste. It was somewhat weird and some of the actions didn't seem logical to me. I would never have completed it without the use of the walk through. I could have done without the toilet humour and all the riddles/puzzles.
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