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Don't Be Late

by Greg Ewing

Slice of life

(based on 2 ratings)
1 review

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Alan 2
Baf's Guide ID: 58
IFID: ALAN-7DC543793629BBAEEDC8D97B84496F36
TUID: erw51whzgx8217hx


22nd Place - 2nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1996)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

A very small game in which you have to reach a friend's house in order to start judging the entries in the Second Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (in which it is itself an entry). Takes at most 15 minutes to play in its entirety. Rather weak parser - "look at", "get", and "him" are not understood, for example. All in all, not a sufficient reason in itself to download the ALAN runtime. Has a cute reentrant ending, though.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just really short and really simplistic.
-- C.E. Forman
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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

Circular structure a fun gimmick, but only for a few minutes. No real puzzles to speak of, nor much of an atmosphere. In fact, there’s really not too much to do besides wrestle with the parser.
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A short but straightforward old alan game about getting to IFComp, July 5, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This is a fun little Alan game (requiring an older interpreter from about running to get to playing ifcomp games on time.

The game is well-hinted; I only had one guess-the-verb problem. You basically just hail a taxi and drive over to your friend's house.

The game is on a timer, but its so short that once you figure it out, its super easy to redo. It also has a clever ending.

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