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First Things First

by J. Robinson Wheeler profile

Time Travel
2001

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About the Story

Youíve just arrived at home from your nightly visit to the science and invention section of the local public library, where you spend each night dreaming your dreamy dreams of one day inventing a time travel machine. Tonight, for some reason, youíre especially fatigued, and canít wait to get inside and go right to bed. Seems like a good plan, but somehow you have a premonition itís not going to be that easy...


Game Details

Language: English (en-US)
Current Version: 3.0
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Forgiveness Rating: Tough
Baf's Guide ID: 1788
IFID: 259BCBB6-E865-BC73-95F3-C28052CF8492
TUID: p4dlfwy4yg6pzdba

Off-Site Reviews

IF-Review
First Reviews First
Puzzly though the game is, I was able to solve the whole thing without resorting to external walkthroughs or hints, which is something I almost never do. I had to ask someone after the fact for some information since I won with less than the optimal number of points, but the fact that I got that far at all is a testament to the fact that the game is designed, if not forgivingly, at least with an eye to being comprehensible. There are many points at which you can lock yourself out of victory. On the other hand, there were few puzzles that left me scratching my head and wondering how I was supposed to have read the author's mind. The game is also developed to provide hints; not only can you ask NPCs about topics and get useful nudges, but they will even occasionally volunteer things unsolicited about problems that you've been bashing your head against. The realism of this effect may vary, but as a piece of game design it's excellent, a sort of in-game adaptive hint system woven into the story.
-- Emily Short
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SPAG
It is refreshing to actually be able to do something about the past instead of being told to accept it for what it is. My only real complaint is that the ending leaves a few loose ends, and I think the environmental tone is a bit too obvious. [...] Anybody who wants a good old-fashioned puzzle-filled IF experience, and has some time on their hands should give this one a try.
-- Adam Myrow
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Page Update History

  v.10: 06-Nov-2021 16:50 - jakomo (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.9: 11-Apr-2021 18:59 - Zape
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v.8: 29-Jun-2020 22:04 - Zape
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v.7: 20-Apr-2013 04:25 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 06-Apr-2011 15:04 - J. Robinson Wheeler
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v.5: 05-Apr-2008 13:16 - Emily Short
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v.4: 17-Mar-2008 17:00 - J. Robinson Wheeler
Changed forgiveness
v.3: 28-Feb-2008 09:12 - Eriorg
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v.2: 23-Oct-2007 11:05 - DynSkeet
Changed title, author, cover art, series name, episode number, Web site URL, download links
v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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