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This version has several new and/​or changed puzzles as compared to the original release.
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The Origin of Madame Time

by Mathbrush profile

Episode 2 of The Owl Consults Extended Universe

About the Story

As an avid fan of superheroes and a harsh critic of villains, the battle over the abandoned amusement park captured your imagination. But when the nuclear airship Mephistopheles exploded above you, it seemed like all was lost--that is, until your latent powers manifested, and you became Madame Time! Explore a frozen world of unbridled power! Use the abilities of hero and villain alike to save the day!

The Origin of Madame Time is a simple (12K word) inform game set in a single moment of time in a small amusement park. The game is more difficult than my past games, and features less conversation. Madame Time has two hint systems using your powers of Foresight and Aftersight. This game was created in fulfillment of an IFComp 2017 prize.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: 6E0000D4-0BA4-421A-B73F-1A3DFF94C074
TUID: o1vxrdu6kmr3sce

Off-Site Reviews


I struggled with something I was enjoying in the beginning. I wanted to like this game, but I have to be honest with myself and not score the game higher...I will say, it does have some good puzzles that did work. But because at it's core it has only one meta puzzle, and that puzzle felt broken for me, the game scored lower than it should.
Score: 7
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McT's Interactive Fiction Reviews

[A] strongly implemented, well written and funny game. Other aspects I really enjoyed were the concise bios of the NPCs in the notebook, the post ending text was very funny, and the light and humorous prose.

My one caveat is that the game, as it is, might just be a little too slight it feels like this could have been expanded significantly both the depth of the narrative and the extent of the gameplay.
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Good Old Days
+ Throws you right into the action and gives you the right amount of information
+ Still has a detailed and believable (as far as super heros go) background
+ Interesting puzzles which feel organic to the scenario
+ Many different endings
- Super hero fatigue
- Minor flaws in the game world's logic: some things can move, others not
= Astounding: An origin story which makes want you want to see more!
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Xenographyer's 2018 IFComp Reviews
This game was cute and flavorful and the main puzzle was fun and reasonable to solve (I imagine some people may find it too easy, but Im bad at puzzles, so)...So, all in all, solidly enjoyable, but its really very slight--the one-hour estimate is overgenerous, I think, unless you get incredibly hung up on some puzzle and wont resort to Foresight.
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Facets of BrettW
My only concerns with the puzzles were the goofy carrying limits, and gathering each and every character at the end is almost busy work. But the writing is charming, the setting is enjoyable, and the polish makes this short romp well worth your time.
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