The Sleeping Princess

by Molly Engelberg, Alex Engelberg, and Mark Engelberg


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
The first IF game I wanted to complete, August 7, 2016
by Oleg Oleg Aney (Smolensk, Russia)
Related reviews: joy of life, good humour

It is a very interesting game with unfailing good humour. This is actually the first IF game I wanted to complete. Though puzzles are simple they, in fact, motivate players to play. Your input commands are clear and sensible and without arrogance, and you have a great enthusiasm for everything you do.

Also of note, unlike many other IF games, this one adds to the joy of life and optimism. Some games may indeed be more pleasant to play, just as some seem more exciting and others nastier.

All this game lacks is a romantic description for the last episode. Will you be able to kiss the Sleeping Beauty?

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

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- streever (America), December 3, 2013

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Fun Little Game, December 3, 2013
by Sharpe (Playing Kerkerkruip, the IF Roguelike)

If The Sleeping Princess was written by a child, it was a child with an A-level high school writing ability at least.

The story progresses logically and there are no sudden deaths or tasks that require clairvoyance to complete. This is actually the first IF I've ever completed all the way through. I did it in about twenty minutes between classes at school—college, not high school. ;) It was really fun and simple, not some punishing experience that frustrated me enough to quit. I stuck with it and was glad I did.

There was only one thing that confused me. The first hallway in the game, it goes south. When the player first enters, it's not explicitly stated that the player can go further south, though it does tell the player they're in the north end of the hall, so it can be inferred; I just didn't. I thought the only ways to go was back into the starting room or into the boarded-up room, which cannot be entered at first. So, I burned a hint there, but it didn't help. Thankfully, I accidentally tried to go south and it allowed me to do so.

Other than that, I'd have liked a more lengthy ending. More fanfare. More about what happens after waking the princess. More "happily ever after." However, that's not a big complaint; the story wraps up nicely leaving little to be imagined.

Two thumbs up!

—Richard Sharpe

Well done 'by kids for kids' intro to IF!, June 24, 2013
by melar (Honolulu, Hi)

I teach IF to students from 4th grade through high school and am always looking for well done beginner IF's to introduce the genre and give students an idea of what is possible. This game certainly does that.
A bonus that it is written by kids! Thanks for creating this.

- Shadow Fox (Texas), April 17, 2013

- liz73 (Cornwall, New York), June 25, 2012

- MKrone (Harsleben), February 18, 2012

- Nav (Bristol, UK), November 24, 2011

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
Great for Beginners!, June 8, 2011

This game is both fun and easy. My brother is five years old, and I wanted to show him how to play text adventures! He was starting to get bored, but then (Spoiler - click to show) we found the trapdoor, and he said " I'm not bored anymore!" I would definitely recommend this to beginners! This is a very fun game, and is one of my " Warm-Up" games!

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Simple, Fast, and Fun (great beginners game), October 6, 2010

The game was fun and fast. I believe a good introduction to IF for anyone who is trying the genera out. The puzzles are fairly to the point but good examples of what one my find in IF if one were to play more. It would be a delightful experience for any new player or writer.


- Rhian Moss (UK), September 21, 2009

- Al, November 27, 2008

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
10 year olds review The Sleeping Princess, October 18, 2008
by Mike Sousa (Massachusetts)

It was a very interesting game. We finished it in an hour though. I liked that in this game you had to be precise. I also liked the (Spoiler - click to show)spell Abracadabra Kalamazoo. The princess room was pretty in PINK. It was cool how you had to (Spoiler - click to show)jump on the sofa to get out of the secret room. This game is awesome for beginners!

I like that the man in the gym made you (Spoiler - click to show)eat the mushrooms! The journal that the (Spoiler - click to show)witch wrote was fantastic. (Spoiler - click to show)Washing the floor to reveal the trap door was an awesome idea.

Liza & Raquel
Age 10

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