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Ruined Robots

by Nicholas Dudek, Gregory Dudek, and Natasha Dudek

Science Fiction

(based on 4 ratings)
2 reviews

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34th Place - 10th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2004)

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>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

Okay, I'm not sure how to review this game without sounding like an ogre. Per the credits and a quick perusal of the web page, it looks like Ruined Robots was written by two kids and one adult, so I hardly want to come off like a big bully, but there's just no getting around the fact that this game is terrible. Being charitable, it feels like a child's drawing that's been taken off the refrigerator and entered into a competition filled with talented painters and sketch artists. In one context, it's something to be proud of, but in the other, it can't be anything but bad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A game that aspires greatly but does not reach its goals. Big mishmash, June 26, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours

This is a big game that is (I think) written by a couple of kids and a parent. It's scope far exceeded the team's grasp, and what's left is a bizarre and difficult game that is clearly under-implemented and nonsensical.

Items require non-sequitur interactions, the setting leaps from place to place, and even the format for score increases changes from brackets to asterisks. The walkthrough is filled with moments where the author messed up and tried something else. The only saving grace this game has is the cheerful enthusiasm behind it and the sounds, colors, and images early on.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Sloppy, October 31, 2007
by Nusco (Bologna, Italy)
Related reviews: IF Competition 2004

Sci-fi with neither the sci nor most of the fi. Some robots, some uninspiring locations, a generally sloppy feeling. The author's hints are as subtle as a slap in your face, but the puzzles felt too difficult anyway.

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