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Contains an exe which installs Windows Frotz and the game. You can then start the game from the start menu.
Windows Frotz Installer (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at
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Vacation Gone Awry

by Johan Berntsson, Fredrik Ramsberg profile, and Staffan Friberg

Seasonal/Espionage/Science Fiction

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About the Story

Waking up at your holiday cabin in Germany, you discover that your entire family is missing. You must figure out what happened to them.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
Baf's Guide ID: 1768
IFID: ZCODE-3-060527-EDB4
TUID: w7siqe43yn0rb2pd

Off-Site Reviews

Feels fairly retro, but not unpleasantly so.
I must acknowledge that Vacation Gone Awry got my attention right away -- but not with the cleverness of its premise or with a nifty hook. No, what grabbed me was the copyright notice, which described the game as "copyright (c) 1988-2002." Not many works of any kind are fourteen years in the making, and IF has a sufficiently short shelf life that putting that much time into an IF game is worthy of note. More to the point, though, the world of IF changed more than a little between 1988 and 2002, and I wondered just how retro Vacation Gone Awry would feel. The short answer: fairly. But not unpleasantly so.
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A Wry Awry
In the end, Vacation struck the proper balance between atmosphere, puzzles, and writing. Released in the latter days of Infocom when it was originally written, it might have been a contender with the commercial game developers of the day. Released today it may not forge new paths on the IF-frontier, but could be an instant classic nonetheless. It is well worth the play.
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Page Update History

  v.9: 19-Aug-2021 08:49 - Fredrik Ramsberg (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.8: 12-Jan-2021 08:44 - Fredrik Ramsberg
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v.7: 30-Jun-2020 08:25 - Zape
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v.6: 28-Jan-2013 10:08 - Dannii
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v.5: 26-Oct-2007 08:18 - Fredrik Ramsberg
Changed download links, external review links
v.4: 26-Oct-2007 05:02 - Fredrik Ramsberg
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v.3: 26-Oct-2007 04:57 - Fredrik Ramsberg
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v.2: 26-Oct-2007 04:50 - Fredrik Ramsberg
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v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:49 - IFDB
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