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by Marnie Parker


About the Story

"A Glulx Inform romp (with graphics and music)." [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 1654
IFID: GLULX-1-010928-66662135
TUID: roat42rowc7i8s2w

Off-Site Reviews

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

This game depicts the clashes between a wanna-be writer and the punctuation that said writer has heinously abused throughout his/her career. In fact, the primary complainant is an outraged comma, and that comma's chief grievance is, you guessed it, splices. What can I say? It's my kind of game. Even better, it's done quite well, on the whole.

Carma uses the graphics and sound capabilities of Glulx to delightful effect, especially in its charming illustrations of punctuation marks dressed up to suit various occasions. One of my favorite scenes occurs when you ask the comma about splices. Suddenly, the scene dissolves, to reform as the archetypal spaghetti western town. Ennio Morricone's theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly wafts over the speakers. We see graphics of a variety of punctuation marks, dressed up as stereotypical Western characters, and the comma (in cowboy hat and serape, naturally) marches towards you, ready for a duel to the death. It's hilarious.

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Unfortunately, I found little enjoyment in Carma outside of the whizzbang multimedia, and I guess I'm still old-fashioned enough to feel that that's missing the point of Interactive Fiction. The biggest problem was simply the *lack* of interactivity: I felt like I was spending over half my time in cut scenes (note to authors: please make cut scenes skippable!), and the interactive parts were not well-fleshed out. The "strike" scene was particularly tedious--interview X, ask X about X, ask X about sign, ask X about demands, repeat N times.
-- Suzanne Britton
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  v.6: 07-May-2022 23:11 - Paul O'Brian (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.5: 13-Apr-2013 14:38 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 13-Apr-2013 14:37 - Edward Lacey
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v.3: 23-Apr-2008 17:55 - Paul O'Brian
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v.2: 29-Feb-2008 14:33 - David Welbourn
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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