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Informatory

by William J. Shlaer

Educational
1998

About the Story

You feel like weeping; you might as well have stayed by the slit in the stream bed and waited for plate tectonics to widen it. You are in front of that all too familiar white house again! Replay the beginnings of Adventure/Zork, with a few twists...
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: release 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 447
IFIDs:  ZCODE-2-981211-E7C8
ZCODE-1-980929-58FA
TUID: d6mws3jpq68wo2ks

Off-Site Reviews

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

Instead of teaching Inform piece-by-piece, it assigns reading in the Designer's Manual, and in fact those assignments are only reachable after solving a number of source code puzzles. Informatory therefore isn't much of a teacher, but it's a good quiz for those who are already learning. As a competition game, it's no great shakes: at its best, it's about as much fun as taking a really interesting test. However, I can see it becoming one useful tool for people who are beginning to get their feet wet in the sea of Inform.
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There are quite a number of humerous jokes in this game including the leaflet (having written a game myself I totally agree), and the sink and flame jokes. This game resonates with me, and I'll wager (a) the Author is British, and (b) has spent several years doing a computer course.
-- David Ledgard
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