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by Matthew Lowe


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About the Story

"welcome to a new world.....
....a surreal world

> You are standing on a weather-worn cliff top over looking a pale blue lake.The lake is de-oxygenated giving it it's pale blue colour. All around you tall mountains rise from the ground giving a picturesque view. Wind tossed soil covers the ground where trees grow giving a deep and healthy colour. Leading away from the cliff are two well travelled paths; one leading to the east and the other to the west.

[Note: This is GAGS, the predecessor to AGT. As far as we know, Magx won't play GAGS games, so it'll be DOS only.]" [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

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45th Place - 7th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2001)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

Myst has inspired countless mediocre imitations, but this is the only mediocre Myst imitation I've ever seen attempted in text. Consists mostly of scenery with a generally unplanned feel to it. Some guess-the-verb; remember that this is in GAGS and therefore can only use the dozen or so built-in GAGS verbs. Contains occasional character graphics.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

There is promise in a game like Surreal, but it's a promise largely unfulfilled. My advice to the author is to learn a high-level IF language (it's not that hard, really!), review basic grammar, employ proofreaders and beta testers... and write again!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A minimalist game made with a primitive parser. Locks and keys, July 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game is just a light puzzle plus a series of locks and keys. The keys are bizarre; a weapon, a jar, they can all be keys.

This just seems quickly programmed in an old an bad language. I wonder if the author wrote it years before and spruced it up for the comp. It does have some nice Ascii art, and some fun ideas, but it needs a lot of work.

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