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Dorm: Adventure at the 8-Bit Assembly

by Carrington Vanston profile


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About the Story

You’ve heard about the 8-Bit Assembly for ages: a retro Apple II computer convention where attendees stay in a university dorm along with fellow vintage computer nerds. You’ve been looking forward to it all year, and you plan to participate in everything the event has to offer. You’ll compete in silly contests, brave dubious cafeteria food and sweltering Midwest heat, and try to find a boxed copy of your favourite Infocom game.

You're excited, but a bit nervous too. Rumours fly about dark magic and bizarre occurrences, not helped by the black robed figures you keep spotting around campus. Are those professors, or something more nefarious? Meanwhile, an angry throng of Commodore protestors is amassing at the front gate, and an unhinged Macintosh pirate is menacing the quad in a Bondi blue Volkswagen Beetle.

Will you find a copy of Wishbringer to add to your collection, or will the campus literally come alive and start eating attendees? And did that massive statue of a bull over by the bleachers just blink?? Uh oh.

This is the author's first game. It was developed in Inform 6 using PunyInform.

The fictional 8-Bit Assembly is based on KansasFest, a real-world Apple II retro-computer convention.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Hilarious, enjoyable, and nostalgic!, February 25, 2023
by oddgrue (California)

I have always preferred old school parser games, and this one hit the mark. The way humor is integrated into the puzzles and descriptions felt very reminiscent of Infocom.

As the game went on, I found myself needing to rely on hints more and more for a few reasons: one puzzle required some knowledge of Mac vs Apple II, at least two puzzles require you to try the correct action more than once, and there were a few logical leaps I was unable to make on my own. Despite that, I truly enjoyed this game.

From listening to Eaten by a Grue I suspected Carrington would write a good game, but even going in with higher expectations I was impressed!

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Outstanding Humor Game of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best humor game of 2023. Voting is open to all IFDB members. Suggested...

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