The Endling Archive

by Kazuki Mishima profile

Science Fiction
2009

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- Steve Evans (Hobart, Tasmania), February 20, 2009

- Emily Short, February 19, 2009

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
Very Slight, but Haunting, February 19, 2009
by C.E.J. Pacian (England)

If you're anything like me, I'm sure you've enjoyed finding books and computers in IF games that let you wander through a menu of backstory. The Endling Archive is essentially the same thing, only without the containing game. So, yes, it is pretty much just reading static text from a menu that expands after you've select a couple of options.

The Endling Archive strikes me as a good germ of an idea. I'm surprised that I've never played an IF game before that exclusively treated the parser as a fictional computer system, and it seems to me that there should be a wealth of retro-futuristic (or just pretend unix console) hacking games. There aren't however, so for now we'll just have to enjoy this strange and haunting encyclopaedia of things that the future and present have lost.



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