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23rd Place - 14th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2008)
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This game has numerous issues, and is best played with a walkthrough.
With a walkthrough, it can be pretty fun. It does include steps like waiting 19 times in a row, with each Z producing a text dump.
The reason it can be fun is that its story, which has early hints about employees not being all the way there and oddly intelligent robotic devices, is compelling in the large scale.
Worth trying if you like to skim read and don't mind walkthroughs.
A meaty effort... lots to read, lots to do. Some evocative writing, a compelling story filled with intrigue, interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. In the world of pulp novels and trashy sci-fi, it would be described as a "page turner". Overcomes some very poor vocabulary, buggy disambiguation, and the "mother of all cut scenes" (one character's dialogue runs for at least twelve turns!) to deliver a nice, solid game that neatly balances puzzles and story. Well worth a play.
|Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser|
Average member rating: (106 ratings)
Stolen away by apathetic Blind Ones, your only desire is to return to your Cellarium and the Song of the Universe. They should understand. You shall make them to understand.
|Being Andrew Plotkin, by J. Robinson Wheeler|
Average member rating: (55 ratings)
"Zarf? you think to yourself. Could it be? The one and only Zarf? Xyzzy Award winner? IF Competition winner? The mighty Inscruitable One? Gosh. What it must be like to be Zarf... You begin to crawl forward, the tunnel floor oozing and...
|City of Secrets, by Emily Short|
Average member rating: (102 ratings)
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