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It felt like a dream. Just three days ago you were going about your normal business when your life figuratively and literally went around a corner into an old lady carrying hot coffee. Apologetically, she offered to pay for your wet clothes to be cleaned but the dry cleaners was closed due to the owner, Mr. Popadopalous going on vacation. Instead, you let the gray haired woman buy you a can of cola. And that can... that wonderful, winning can had delivered you here to Lima, Peru.
Nominee, Best Puzzles; Nominee, Best Individual Puzzle - 2011 XYZZY Awards
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This is a very good choicescript game where you start a team and then race against 8 other teams. The losing team at each stage is booted out.
I really enjoyed this game, though I only got 1 out of 15 accomplishments when I won. It really feels like a gameshow, and it's always nervewracking trying the puzzles, because you know someone's competing against you.
Puzzles include searching for clues, remembering directions, typing in answers to cryptography, etc.
There is a hidden plotline which I didn't find out enough about.
Would play again, and strongly recommend.
The Race portrays a puzzle-based race for 50 million dollars through the most scenic locations of Peru. With one friend at your sight, you must defeat eight other teams striving for the prize by interpreting clues, thinking up the fastest ways to get from A to B, and solving puzzles along the way.
In terms of writing and characterisation, The Race is not very memorable, though the Peruvian setting partly makes up for this. However, as a puzzle-rich piece of CYOA, it is fun and of considerable interest. Anyone who would like to think about how puzzle design in a multiple choice medium works, should take a look at this piece. The Race is also to recommend to all those who simply want to play such a game.
(I do think that the piece would have been improved by scenery photographs to accompany the location descriptions.)
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