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original competition entry
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correction of error in in-game hints for original release
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Small World

by Andrew D. Pontious

Fantasy/Travel/Surreal
1996

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 3
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 191
IFIDs:  TADS2-ED842F386490BD3C3C981D0136363F77
TADS2-D458A76A41D92B9C5226F5AFA4071396
TUID: z6r8cv8lkaw5mp9w

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
What really makes this game is the way that everything is so neatly tied together. It all makes a bizarre sort of sense, and responses are almost always appropriate. My favourite game of the competition.
-- John Wood

After my getting about 18% of the point, plot advancement abruptly ground to a screeching halt
-- C.E. Forman

What's interesting about Small World is that it doesn't appear to take itself seriously, and yet the conflicts on the world you inhabit are rendered as actual conflicts rather than as humor.
-- Duncan Stevens
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SynTax
Good idea for a game, you're trapped on an eight foot diameter world. [...] Things quickly start to get confusing. This is soon followed by things getting progressively more confusing, and that rapidly leads to banging your head against a wall stage!
-- Graham Raven
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SynTax
It's the sort of game to savour, and wander through slowly. There are only 16 locations in Small World, but it's a far bigger game than one suspects. This is due to the many different actions available to you, and the intricacy of many puzzles. The main fascination of the game though lies in its brilliantly original storyline, and the strong ideas behind it.
-- Bev Truter
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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

I really enjoyed this game a great deal, and it definitely gets points for originality. The literalized version of the game’s title made for a charming premise, and because the premise was so heavily based on setting, the brand of fantasy which resulted was perfect for interactive fiction. Wandering through the miniaturized world was really a treat, although sometimes I found it difficult to retain my suspension of disbelief, especially since some of the obstacles to my progress seemed just a little too arbitrary.
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