Riddle Run

by Hayden

Mystery
2008

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Something is missing, February 12, 2014
by Simon Deimel (Germany)

Basically this game is a collection of riddles, presented in rhymes. I liked them. I really did, even if I could not find the solution to the second half of the fourth riddle. But the first ones were nice, quite easy, but you had to think about them for a short while.
But something is missing, something which is essential for a good interactive fiction: a story. I can not find much of it, I just know that I am locked in somewhere and have to solve riddles, nothing more. Maybe there will be explanations after the last riddle is solved, but it might be not a good idea to introduce a storyline right before the ending. I would have liked the game better with a background. Why am I there? Why do riddles appear? And who is the unknown riddler? Maybe I am Batman, trapped by the Riddler? It would have been little work to create some scenes around the riddles, just to establish some atmosphere. There could have been more effort to this.


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Andrew Schultz, January 13, 2014 - Reply
I read the source code to get through a few puzzles. I actually thought that the fire in a glass puzzle could be

(Spoiler - click to show)fire or glass or even alcohol. Perhaps the game could've hinted a lightbulb above your head somehow.

The puzzle with grass could be

(Spoiler - click to show)astroturf.

Some of the wrong answer responses are amusing, but yeah, I'd like some story too.

Skews of riddles where you need varying amounts of received knowledge, or are forced to ignore/remember them in various proportions, kind of frustrate me. I think Dream Pieces did this all considerably better, and it'd be neat if maybe you had several riddles that clued each other somehow...

So yeah, this feels like a first game that's a bit heavy on learning to program, because this person tries some neat stuff like a time limit.
Simon Deimel, January 14, 2014 - Reply
My first thought to be first question you mentioned... (Spoiler - click to show)...was a flashlight, and that was already close.
Astroturf is a nice variant. Well, this question is actually a joke and followed by another riddle.
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