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A Night Guest

by Valentine Kopteltsev profile


(based on 2 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

"If you're fond of bad poetry, you'll like this one. Also, it probably would make a valid entry for the Inventory Comp." [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

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16th Place - 7th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2001)

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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

It's an amusing poem (what there is of it, anyway -- the whole thing is quite short), but it's very clear that the game was built around the poem rather than vice versa. Thus, it feels rather like reading a book that forces you to say a magic word before you can turn the page. The "puzzles" (really just figuring out how to respond to the game's cues) don't add much, and I was left with the feeling that the whole thing would have been much more pleasant had it been just an illustrated chapbook rather than a narrative poem pretending to be interactive. Of course, I recognize how amazingly difficult it would be to create a game that actually expressed itself in verse but was a game first and foremost. No doubt that's why it hasn't been done yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
An entertaining but tricky poem with some interactivity, July 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game is a poem about a rich lord and the devil fighting. It uses colors and illustrations.

You get a big chunk of verses, and then most actions give you a sentence or two of prose, but the correct action advances the verses.

It was frankly enjoyable, the poem about the english lord and the devil brawling.

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The following polls include votes for A Night Guest:

Artistic Games by WriterBob
I'm interested in games that take the fiction of IF to new levels. These are not straightforward, plot driven games. Think instead of games that play like poetry, or games that focus on a character's revelation.

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