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by Robb Sherwin profile

Science Fiction

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Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: March 31, 2006
Current Version: 1.02
License: Freeware
Development System: Hugo
Baf's Guide ID: 2891
IFIDs:  HUGO-31-3A-3A-04-25-06
TUID: x1qqstrlsa9ocr0j

Off-Site Reviews

Just Adventure

In summary, Pantomime has some drawbacks –obscure puzzles, a sudden change in the pace of the story -- and is clearly inferior to its author’s previous creations. But even when considering these cons the game stands in good shape, mainly by the richness of its prose and the originality of the story and characters depicted throughout it. I can easily recommend it, not only to cyberpunk fans but to anyone interested in trying a modern and very well written interactive fiction game. Pantomime is graded B by this reviewer.

-- Ricardo Pautassi
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Fear and Cloning... In Space
I did find Pantomime enjoyable, if less focused than some of Sherwin's other works; his dialogue and narrative style are unique in IF. What's more, despite the linearity of the plot, I did feel as though there was a value to presenting this as IF rather than as a piece of static fiction. At several points in the dialogue, the player character gets to make a choice of tone and attitude, especially one that reflects his opinion on pantomimes. I chose to characterize him as friendly and unbigoted, since this seemed to fit the PC and my own preferences best. The presence of the alternate options on the dialogue menu reminded me that this was an active choice on the PC's part, though, and that he could have acted much differently.

In sum, this is a game that Sherwin fans will enjoy. It's not his best work, but it has some fine moments.

-- Emily Short
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I've only played the beginning of one or two Robb Sherwin games prior to this. That's probably why my reactions bounced between "whoa. did he really say that?" and "wow. what's it going to be *next*?" Somehow, even if he's holding back, it doesn't *feel* that way. Aside from a few typos - probably the result of the hurried effort to meet the deadline - the writing is great. It flows better because it's more casual. It's not just *how* Sherwin writes - it's also *what* he writes: the insults between characters, the one-off jokes, the clever descriptions and bits of back-story. I usually cringe at coarse passages and lowbrow humor in a game, but that's part of what makes Pantomime so interesting. Sherwin seems to write it in a convincing, honest way.

-- Mike Snyder
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v.7: 17-Aug-2013 08:39 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 05-Apr-2008 13:21 - Emily Short
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v.4: 05-Apr-2008 12:12 - Emily Short
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v.3: 25-Oct-2007 20:32 - Eriorg
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v.2: 23-Oct-2007 16:44 - Robb Sherwin
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