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by Bonnie Montgomery


About the Story

"Firebird is based on the Old Russian folk tales that inspired the Stravinsky piece of the same name. You are Prince Ivan, and have been charged by your father, the tsar, to find the Firebird that has been stealing your father's golden apples. Your two older brothers have already tried and failed -- can you triumph over the many obstacles in your quest? Remember, your mission is not as simple as it first seems..."
[author's blurb, from The (Other) TADS Games List version 1.2]

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Off-Site Reviews

What's Big and Bright and Covered in Feathers?
Firebird does an admirable job following the conventions and style of faerie tales... characters are princes and princesses or tsars and tsarina's in disguise, buildings are made of silver, gold, or the appropriate sparkly material of choice, and events tend to fall in threes, creating a nice playing rhythm with the repetitions. For the most part these repetitions help rather than hinder the flow of the game. (Charon)
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Reviews from Duncan Stevens and Paul O'Brian

Stevens: "If Firebird encouraged more research into backgrounds of games, and more innovative settings, it might lead to more creative games, never a bad thing. In its own right, it's a worthy effort."

O'Brian: "Firebird proves beyond a doubt that the intersection between folk tale and IF is a fertile one."
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Based on Russian folklore this game has a decent storyline, relatively simple puzzles and a fairytale ending. [...] Although, even my limited knowledge of Russian folklore told me that a few of the humour elements contained therein weren't quite authentic, eg. the chefs, which made me smile and so probably achieved their purpose (unless I'm missing something of course). (Nick Edmunds)
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v.7: 10-Feb-2013 06:32 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 29-Apr-2009 17:43 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.5: 07-Dec-2008 09:28 - David Welbourn
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v.4: 09-May-2008 01:38 - Emily Short
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v.3: 07-Apr-2008 13:09 - Paul O'Brian
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v.2: 07-Apr-2008 13:09 - Paul O'Brian
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v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:49 - IFDB
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