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Ugly Oafs

by Andrew Schultz as Perry Creel profile


(based on 6 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

Push back the Wrath Pulse--or find the Fry Gun to destroy it for good!

A wordplay game with several ways to lose deliberately. Source code included.

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18th Place - 20th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2014)


Release 2 of Ugly Oafs has been submitted to the IF Archive. Until then, here's a dropbox link.


The game now features InvisiClues to find the "good" ending, two hinting devices, and a weird metapuzzle which may not be of interest, but why not.

Also, there are now 35 accomplishments. Some of them seem kind of lame now, so maybe I'll tune them up in release 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Impenetrable to me, October 14, 2017

I donít mind surrealist games. One of my favourite games ever is For A Change.

This one is impenetrable to me. You're stranded in a landscape with apparently random objects. I like wordplay and puzzle games like Ad Verbum and I canít understand this at all. Thereís no overarching plot to pull me into the world and get me keen on solving the puzzles.

Trying to understand this is like trying to get traction on ice.

I read the walkthrough. I still do not understand the game. If I canít understand whatís going on after reading the hints it is not for me.

This would work if youíre very patient. I played this while dog-tired and just wanted a bit of comic fun (Ugly Oafs in polka-dot writing suggests comic fun). Wrong game, wrong time!

After reading other reviews: (Spoiler - click to show)all the objects can be run through rot(n) to create new objects, but I donít see how you effect the change. This feels a bit too much like Ďguess what the authorís thinkingí. I bet the author had fun working out objects to encode and how they could work together. Itís too hard for me.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A pure word puzzle game in a gridlike world., June 3, 2016

Andrew Schultz is known for taking a word puzzle idea (like anagrams or reversible compound nouns) and running with it. Most of his games encourage you to explore the world first to figure out what the theme is, so I won't give away the theme in this game.

The world is spare and empty, but this helps identify key items. The game is also highly polished, with no bugs or typos that I am aware of.

The mechanic in this game is harder to do by hand than his other games, resulting in either frustration or grinding, unless you're in the mood for it.

Overall, this game works, but his other games (especially shuffling around, threediopolis or their sequels) worked better for me.

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Achievements, catch them all and other stuff. by Xionix
Looking for some IF with achievements, like, collect the 50 golden coins, or if you type 20 wrong commands you get the newbie achievement, or if you type "use hat in head" you get the "IF hater-to-be" achievement, well you get the idea.

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