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In this Shakespearean comedy adventure, can forbidden love conquer adorable fairy outlaws?
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This is a good game overall from a great author, so I have no doubt that most people will enjoy it.
I had a good time with it, but I wished for a bit more. I love the works of Kreg Segall, and I love Shakespeare, but I felt like this game missed both my favorite parts of Kreg Segall and my favorite parts of Shakespeare.
You play the child of a local nobleman who has arranged your marriage to a much older noble. Your father is in ill health and also in ill temper due to predations by forest bandits and advances by rival nobles.
You escape (in cross-dress) to the forest where shenanigans ensue.
I found the ending satisfying, but the start felt a little slow and bloodless to me. I admire Segall's game design most when it offers a variety of competing goals and interests, while I felt like the only real goals here were 'deal with your dad' and 'find someone to love'. A lot of the story felt constrained to hit certain plot points (such as having to eavesdrop on your father, having to remain in your disguise at points where it would be logical not to, etc.).
These choices would make sense if they were forced by being faithful to Shakespeare, but very little of the play is in the game. Only lovers in the woods, the existence of fairies, the play and a few side references are in it. But we miss out on the warm-hearted buffoonery of Bottom, the complex feelings that come from desperately loving someone who always spurned you but now woos you under the influence of a spell, the contrast between the ridiculous and silly poetry in the villager's play compared to the intelligence of Puck, the mystery and elegance of the fairies in general, the silly puns and slapstick humor of the villagers, and the nobility and grace of Theseus and company.
So I guess that while this game is satisfying, I feel that it just missed out on too many good opportunities from the author and the source material.
I received a free copy of this game.
It was quite well-written and amusing, with a fair bit of replayability. I was laughing through a good section of it. It is one of my favorite text games thus far.
Really enjoyable, Segall seems such a great writer. The story keeps you hooked from the very begining to the end. I wish I was a better reviewer but works like these deserve to be mentioned.
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