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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:Good time-bending hypertext idea, but with a few sticky elements., February 6, 2013
The Binary is a browser based text'n'click game involving looping time travel. To describe it as a CYOA doesn't feel right, as the game keeps track of what you've done and also allows you to revisit locations, though the circumstances of the revisitings are unusual. In common with Operation Extraction, also from IFComp 2011, the timing of your actions is important in this timey game. I found the whole thing somewhat baffling to begin with, with a barrier to play in the form of potential initial uninterest. I think I'd rather The Binary had just told me what my goal was instead of making me work it out myself. Constant forward movement, albeit in a loop, can be mildly aggravating when you don't know what's going on yet and have no hook of intentionality to arouse your interest.
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Jonathan Blask, February 7, 2013 - ReplyPrevious | << 1 >> | Next
I thought the gameplay here was a definite improvement on what was seen in the first game in the series, Vicious Cycles, and I even have to admit that I enjoyed it enough that I went back and finally beat VC. I think the Blink system has served these games well, but it'd be interesting to see how well it'd work towards non-looping narratives.