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The Djinni Chronicles

by J. D. Berry


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 923
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-000927-4BDB
TUID: zu3xhhd3l9y6r177

Off-Site Reviews

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

When you're reading a book, you may read third-, first-, or even second-person accounts of a particular entity's exploits, and with sufficiently effective writing and characterization, you may even identify with that entity quite strongly despite its non-human traits, but no matter what you are still watching that entity from a distance. IF, however, literalizes the process of identification one step further. Not only does the prose put you in someone else's head, you actually have to guide the choices of that someone.

I'd submit that when a reader is compelled to guide a character's actions, especially if there are puzzles involved, that reader will try to think like that character would think. When this happens, the identification process has reached a place where static fiction can rarely take it. It is exactly this place that The Djinni Chronicles limns with skill and imagination.

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The game is quite linear, true, but to some extent that's inevitable if the author wants to tell a particular story about the spirit world and human nature: if the player has the power to put a different spin on the relationship between the PC and its masters, the result is no longer what the author set out to tell.
-- Duncan Stevens
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The past-tense takes some getting used to and picking up on the rules takes a while. The limitations of the character are a little frustrating, hence it took me some time to work out what to do.
-- Dorothy Millard
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Page Update History

  v.6: 07-May-2022 01:44 - Paul O'Brian (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.5: 23-Mar-2013 12:08 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 29-Apr-2009 18:15 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.3: 30-Apr-2008 22:04 - Emily Short
Changed cover art
v.2: 28-Apr-2008 16:11 - Paul O'Brian
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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