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The Water Bird

by Athan Skelley

1999

About the Story

"A text adventure based on the folklore of the Miwok Indians of the Yosemite area." [--blurb from Competition '99]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1.1
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 400
IFIDs:  TADS2-6C1564D7AC3824B4CBC692775DB73206
TADS2-B9FE9E8DD5F846CCC3B9DE109528A34C
TUID: s2sf6bgb1u5yojib

Off-Site Reviews

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

From the update on the comp web site, I already knew that The Water Bird had a game-killing bug in it, so I wasn't surprised when I found it. What I was surprised by (though maybe I shouldn't have been) was the number of other, extremely basic, bugs I found in it. This is unusual for me -- usually once I see or hear of one bug in a competition game I expect them to come in droves, but the opening text to The Water Bird is so good that I allowed myself the belief that the critical bug was just a really bad-luck oversight, one of those things that makes you just about swallow your own tongue as an author the second a player finds it and it's TOO LATE to change a thing. But no, actually, there are bugs throughout the game. In fact, in only the game's second location, attempts to walk in an unavailable direction are met with "[TADS-1023: invalid type for built-in function]". This extremely fundamental omission is emblematic of the unfinished feel that the entire game has.
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Page Update History

  v.3: 06-May-2008 12:38 - Paul O'Brian (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
Changed external review links
v.2: 27-Feb-2008 21:22 - David Welbourn
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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