Islands Far Away

by Shanon Fernald


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Good First Effort, April 27, 2010
by Matt Wigdahl (Olathe, KS)

I haven't had a chance to play yet, but I wanted to address what you said about your Inform 7 code quality getting much better by the end of the game compared with the beginning.

This is common -- in fact, it's exactly the same experience I had. It can be maddening to look at some of your early code and realize just how broken it is! Regardless of what you or anyone else thinks of your first effort, I congratulate you on finishing it and encourage you to keep moving forward with your newfound skills.


Just finished it. Not bad for a quick first game! If you enjoy this type of scenario you should also check out Violet by Jeremy Freese, which has a similar type of set-up. For a 48-hour coding turnaround it's pretty impressive. The main problem I found was with underimplementation -- certain things you mentioned in room descriptions were not implemented as objects. There were also a couple of fairly bizarre responses:

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But you're already on the broken chair.

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You smell nothing unexpected. [[oh, really?]]

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Typing "get shit" when you have the poster gives you the scooping message (and the point awarding message) no matter how many times you repeat it. The "for the first time" clause would probably help here...

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The command "feed corky" works, but "give sandwich to corky" doesn't.

With a bit more time and polish I could see this being a 3-star short game. I look forward to playing your future work!

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sfernald, April 27, 2010 - Reply
Thanks so much for your comments! I really appreciate the support. I'm already starting to think about my next game.
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