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Zugzwang

by Magnus Olsson

Episode 17 of Textfire 12-pack
Game/Joke
1998

(based on 10 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

Out of the TextFire "12-pack", this is an April's Fool game "demo" in which you get to play a pawn in a chess game - at the very end. Incorporates a very nifty variation on the status line to show the positions of the chess pieces after each move.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 444
IFIDs:  ZCODE-2-990710-2FB8
ZCODE-1-980228-4855
TUID: hpesnywwgnl862rz

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


Chess--at least, a few moves of it--implemented for the Z-machine, though it's not really a Z-Abuse as such. The board is represented in a status line of sorts, but you still enter your commands as text. Cleverly done; might be even better if implemented as full-blown chess exercise. This was one of the games in the 1998 April Fool's hoax called Textfire.

-- Duncan Stevens

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
An entertaining chess simulation from the textfire 12 pack., June 5, 2017

The Textfire Demo 12-pack was released on April Fool's in 1998, claiming to be demos of an upcoming commercial studio called Textfire.

In this game, you play a pawn in a chess game. The game shows you the chess board. The storyline is actually pretty entertaining; it's fun being a pawn. This was a joke demo; it actually would be great to do a chess game where you saw inside all the character's heads, their thought process, etc.


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A snack., May 6, 2022

Zugzwang puts you in the position of a chess piece close to the end of a game. Sounds quirky? It definitely is.

The game is extremely short (10 turns) and extremely linear (two paths). For me that's a classic candidate for 1, max 2 stars. The game is so quirky though - the setting alone is unique, but there's also dialogue between the individual chess pieces, IF-style description of the events, optional examining - it still sucks as a game, but it has so much potential, and as a "proof of concept" it sort of shines. I constantly had to think of a Romeo and Juliet story unfolding through a chess game. Too bad this is just a (term used by game) demo.


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