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as entered in 1996 competition
Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
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by David Welbourn

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Wearing the Claw

by Paul O'Brian profile


About the Story

A traditional fantasy quest in which you and your village have been cursed with a slow transformation into various animals. The only way to stop the curse is to retrieve the Pendant of Elinor from the mysterious island of the Goergs.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 5
Baf's Guide ID: 45
IFIDs:  ZCODE-2-961003-93B7
TUID: zflseqfngmbhwhny

Off-Site Reviews

I'm torn with this one. Using the changing hand as a marker for the player's progress is very imaginitive, but this doesn't quite mask the game's overall linearity. (C.E. Forman)

Those who genuinely dislike fantasy probably won't make an exception for Wearing the Claw, as it doesn't really push the boundaries of fantasy all that much. As fantasy IF goes, however, it's both thoughtful and imaginative, and manages to entertain consistently--and for those who weren't around for the 1996 competition, it might be worth going back to check this one out. (Duncan Stevens)
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The game is easily finishable in about two hours, even without resorting to the help facility, but short and easy does NOT mean quick and boring in this case. Location descriptions are detailed and evocative without being overly long - the beach locations in particular are beautifully described, giving the game depth and atmosphere.
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Page Update History

  v.7: 29-Mar-2022 12:27 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.6: 09-Sep-2019 14:49 - Nathan
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v.5: 17-Mar-2013 15:53 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 28-Apr-2008 13:32 - Paul O'Brian
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v.3: 11-Mar-2008 23:49 - David Welbourn
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v.2: 26-Oct-2007 16:53 - Paul O'Brian
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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