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Even Bantams get the Blues

by Eric Mayer profile


(based on 4 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

A lovelorn chicken tries to cross the freeway.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Alan 2
Baf's Guide ID: 1178
IFID: Unknown
TUID: i3xvnq3vv5h0c38y


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
"Why did the chicken cross the road?", April 6, 2010

How about: 'What was the chicken thinking as it crossed the road?'

This short piece can't seem to decide if it's an 'interpreter abuse' type of game implementing Freeway(Spoiler - click to show) -- at which it fails since you can only go one direction -- or an actual attempt at humor. It does a better job of the latter than the former, but not enough to make it actually funny, though I might qualify it as mildly amusing.

It is competently put together as a program; I encountered no bugs. Based on the 'bad' version of the ending, it seems that the author was aware of the work's artistic shortcomings, but decided to release it anyway.

Given the number of other titles by this author with better ratings, I think it's safe to skip this one. As a warning to anyone else who wants to try it out: Gargoyle is not the best client, since the game expects a fixed-width font. You'll either have to download a different interpreter, get Gargoyle to use a different font, or (as I did), copy-and-paste the descriptions to a text editor to see the intended representation.

[edit: I've upped the rating to two stars because the major problem I had (text rendering in Gargoyle) was a function of my interpreter, not the work.]

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