Pick Up the Phone Booth and Aisle

by David Dyte, Steve Bernard, Dan Shiovitz profile, Iain Merrick, Liza Daly profile, John Cater, Ola Sverre Bauge, J. Robinson Wheeler profile, Jon Blask profile, Dan Schmidt, Stephen Granade profile, Rob Noyes, and Emily Short profile

Satire
2001

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- Malasana, August 8, 2021

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
The Game That PUTPBAD Was Meant To Be, December 14, 2020

This is an artful piece: the disciplined minimalism of Pick Up The Phone Booth And Die, combined with the rich implementation of Aisle.

The authors of PUTPBAA have, through their concerted effort, realized what was missing in PUTPBAD. With dozens upon dozens of recognized verbs, each yielding a different ending, what we have here is not extensive but rather extremely intensive. Almost any action your imagination might dream up is accounted for in some way.

As a parody of the original PUTPBAD, it works brilliantly. As a game unto itself, it works brilliantly. Perhaps my only complaint is that it does not aspire to the emotional depth of Aisle, but as far as lighthearted comedies go, Pick Up The Phone Booth And Aisle is a shining example of a joke that goes all-out.


- bradleyswissman (Virginia, US), September 12, 2020

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- samtam90, December 30, 2019

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- IanAllenBird, May 1, 2019

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Whatever you do, don't undo!, April 28, 2019
by deathbytroggles (Minneapolis, MN)

A parody of Aisle and IF in general, several well-known authors teamed up to write this hilarious send-up.

Rob Noyes created a silly, pointless game called Pick up the Phone Booth and Die, which is exactly as complicated as the title implies. Its stupid charm made it more famous than should have been possible, though being released in 1996 no doubt helped. Here you are faced with the same phone booth, only instead of having two possible endings, you again have over 100 possible endings in the same vein of Aisle.

Only play if you are a veteran of interactive fiction (meaning you have played at least ten games, including the aforementioned two this game parodies); otherwise, many of the jokes will go over your head. I replay this every five years or so and it amuses me without fail, including several laugh out loud moments.


- JudgeDeadd, July 15, 2018

- play_all_day, June 24, 2018

- DustyCypress (Hong Kong), May 19, 2018

- nosferatu, January 30, 2018

- AKheon (Finland), November 15, 2017

- Wanderlust, August 3, 2017

- Hazel-Rah, August 2, 2017

- Greg Frost (Seattle, Washington), February 11, 2017

- lkdc, January 31, 2017

- finnn62, December 14, 2016

- Audiart (Davis, CA), November 3, 2016

Double-undo!, March 26, 2016

The definition of well-implemented. A beautifully simple game in which just about anything you can think of will have a witty response. As someone deeply interested in the intricacies of what can be done with a parser, it fascinates me.

Besides, it's a lot of fun.


- E. W. B., March 2, 2016

- Oreolek (Kemerovo, Russia), February 6, 2016


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