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The Zuni Doll

by Jesse Burneko

Horror
1997

About the Story

The small African Zuni Doll seemed a nice addition to your collection of oddities. Myths say it captures the spirit of an African Tribesman who died while committing a cowardly act. To regain honour, he must kill 25 humans. However, all is safe as long as the doll bears its golden Talisman. Later that night, you awake just as your cat drops something tiny, something golden in your lap...
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 246
IFID: ZCODE-1-971031-0CB9
TUID: vdzom99fus581ak8

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG

[...] Zuni Doll is successful to some measure: the setup is appropriately ominous, the contrived circumstances that loose the doll on you just plausible enough to feel real, and several of the confrontations (particularly when the doll is hacking its way through a door) genuinely suspenseful even if improbable.

Unfortunately, implementation problems weigh the game down considerably. A certain device that you throw together to thwart the doll defies both logic and reasonable syntax--I was forced to resort to the walkthrough. (Actions that aren't on the author's mind get "This dangerous act would achieve little," as if danger were a primary consideration with a homicidal doll on the loose.)
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SynTax
Straight out of a 'B' movie horror story and vaguely reminiscent of an Arthur Conan Doyle tale, the plot is a brilliant idea. The main flaw with this game being that it could have been made into something special.
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