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by Dennis Jerz profile


About the Story

"Can Troy, the handsome daredevil autoist, live up to his "sterling" reputation? What secret threatens the career of the talented singer, Miss Melody Sweet? With the help of the mechanical genius Aloysius Pratt, can Troy and Melody thwart a madman's evil plan?" [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

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Off-Site Reviews

As a player, I normally don't enjoy games which are heavily scripted; I don't feel like I'm playing the game so much as being dragged along through the plot. Fortunately, Fine-Tuned is written in such a playful and imaginative way that the player tends to forget that their fate is pre-determined. Multiple solutions exist for some of the puzzles, and though each solution garners the same number of points, the play differs somewhat, giving the game replay value. Instead of arbitrarily forcing the plot, chapters serve to break up the puzzles, allowing the player to focus on the right objects in the right order, without that terrible "Led By The Hand" feeling.
-- Jacqueline A. Lott
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The game is very nicely programmed and written. It leads you gently from one part to the next and most reasonable inputs have been catered for. I've enjoyed it a lot as far as I've got.
-- Sue
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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

[Note: This review was in response to version 1 of the game.]

Dammit, people, stop this! I played Fine-Tuned for an hour, and loved it. Aside from a few spelling mistakes and stray bugs, it was a delightful game with terrific writing, fun characters, and a great plot. But the further we get into that plot, the more broken the game becomes, until it finally implodes with a fiery crash that can even bring down the whole interpreter. Naturally, this happens at a climactic point in the story.

This experience SUCKS. It makes me wish I could give negative ratings. It's much worse playing a game that would be great except for how horribly broken it is than it is playing a game that's weak but bug-free. It's IF interruptus.
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v.9: 07-Apr-2013 05:57 - Edward Lacey
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v.8: 28-May-2010 07:41 - perching path
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v.7: 29-Apr-2009 17:37 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.6: 29-Apr-2009 17:36 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.5: 24-Apr-2008 11:39 - Paul O'Brian
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v.4: 29-Feb-2008 14:50 - David Welbourn
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v.3: 28-Feb-2008 09:36 - Eriorg
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v.2: 24-Feb-2008 22:08 - Emily Short
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:47 - IFDB
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