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I can't deny that I personally find it quite refreshing to play a game where heterosexuality isn't the implied norm, but The Lost Spellmaker has more than that to recommend it. It's a snappy quest in a creatively conceived world, a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
The gameplay is slightly uneven; there are some actions whose syntax might defeat the less persistent, notably the problem of a certain well. [...] There are several well-coded features, though, notably characters who manage to move around without obvious bugs (at least, not very many), a series of candies that can be regenerated, and a hint system in the form of a magical door that leads you back to the central office. Though the game revolves around magic, your contact with it is limited -- one instance -- and the story depends more on the silly characters in the village than on the ostensible plot. (Duncan Stevens)
- peachesncream, October 29, 2020
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:Shortish allegorical game with magic using little people, February 3, 2016
This 1997 IfComp game is notable for several reasons. It was nominated for best PC and best NPC in the XYZZYs. It features a romance between two women and also a character of indeterminate gender, which is unusual for a 90's game. Finally, it is an allegory.
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- perching path (near Philadelphia, PA, US), November 11, 2009
- GDL (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), August 10, 2009
- kba (berlin), February 15, 2009
- Shigosei, February 9, 2009
- Audiart (Davis, CA), January 8, 2009
A small and excessively cute game concerning a dwarf town (that's Munchkin-style dwarfs, not Tolkienesque ones) where the people who create magic spells have been disappearing. You play a member of the town's Secret Service, assigned to the case. Has a female protagonist and in-game hints. Warning for homophobes: Features same-sex puppy love.
-- Carl Muckenhoupt
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