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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Lost in translation, April 9, 2008

When I was a kid I read a novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It was a huge disappointment: the book was essentially the entire script written in complete sentences, nothing added or removed. I was once again reminded of it when I played this game. You Have To Burn The Rope is a clever, funny and meaningful little Flash game, and this is its literal novelization.

As it now is, it doesn't work. The commentary of the original game is completely lost when the medium changes. The original parodies the aspects of modern online platformers, but that joke doesn't work if the medium isn't a modern online platformer and the author of this version clearly has no insight of this genre to make a similar commentary on the aspects of modern IF games.

Besides, if the game is called You Have To Burn The Rope and the command BURN THE ROPE is a "dangerous act that would achieve little", something has really gone wrong. (You have to BURN ROPE WITH TORCH.)
(UPDATE: The author realized this himself and changed the game's title. That's funny enough to earn an extra star.)

- brattish (Canada), April 7, 2008

- Emily Short, April 5, 2008

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