The Act of Misdirection

by Callico Harrison


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- Azazel, April 8, 2010

- Benjamin Wochinski (Milwaukee, WI), November 28, 2009

- JonathanCR, September 21, 2009

- Shchekotiki, August 3, 2009

- MyTheory (Missouri), June 14, 2009

- Cheryl L (Australia), May 4, 2009

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
Revising my opinion, May 7, 2008

The first scene of this game is a favorite of mine: the player is called on to do a magic trick in front of an audience, though (of course) as player he does not know how the trick is done. But there's more to the scene than simply getting the trick right and solving the puzzle: on a replay, it's possible to turn the scene into a real performance, by hamming things up, tantalizing the audience, and making the most out of each stage. This allows for expressive play -- getting into the character of the PC and making the most of it -- to a degree I have seen in few other games.

When I first played, I found the pacing broke down a bit in the later scenes, and the writing became more overwrought. Replaying later, I found the later pieces of the game much more successful. I'm not sure whether this is because I was playing a later version of the game (these notes are based on version 6) or whether I was just luckier with my subsequent play-through. But on review, this piece impressed me quite a bit more than it did the first time around.

- Nusco (Bologna, Italy), October 31, 2007

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Evocative but Linear, October 23, 2007
by AmberShards (The Gothic South)
Related reviews: non-interactive, victorian, horror

One of the effects interactive fiction generates a strong feeling of "being there", due to the description of your environs and your interaction with them. The Act of Misdirection features stunningly evocative prose; you never doubt that you are in turn-of-the-century London, seen through the veil of Victorian horror. The game also features a flashback, which is a rarity in IF. However, there are no choices in this game. It is more like you fumble around where interaction is required until you discover "the" answer, which allows the plot to continue. The ending is satisfying in a cathartic way, but still feels hollow. It's like someone is reading you an engrossing story where you have to guess what comes next at certain junctures. Fiction it is; interactive, it is not.

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