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18th Place - 2nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1996)
Hobbs returns in a search for the deeds to Baron Doar's castle, stolen by the wizard formerly known as Quince. Has quite a lot in common with its predecessor - the wizard Prang, the dog Harvey, a familiar means of magical transport - but is smaller and more polished - the humor isn't as over-the-top and the magic is more detailed and flexible. Lightweight but fun. Contains a guided maze.
-- Carl Muckenhoupt
You play a drunken knight the "morning after" who has to get the castle deeds back from an evil wizard - not the most original of plots. However, the amusing responses from the game's narrator and the situations you find yourself in more than make up for this.
-- John Wood
The ability to shapeshift into different animals was a lot of fun, and brought back fond memories of Infocom's "Arthur." It's funny, with clever object descriptions and commentary by the game's parser, which assumes the persona of a wizard who follows you about. [...] My score was dragged down, however, by a great deal of typical AGT fare: Incongruities, a lack of apparent plot until the very end, obscure puzzles, a maze where one wasn't necessary, odd results when the author didn't anticipate something [...]
-- Christopher E. Forman
Despite the fact that the game talks back to you, commenting on your every action, and making fun of many of the mistakes you're making, it is all very good natured (as opposed to a certain other competition game, that apparently made some people feel quite insulted). I never had the feeling that the author was making fun of me, but rather that we were sharing a joke. And Sir Ramic may be a buffoon, but he's quite a lovable buffoon.
-- Magnus Olsson
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I downloaded this game and got it to run with the batch file. However, it was buggy; I couldn't figure out how to throw the soup on the fire, one of the earliest commands. The soup kept being an object ON the fire. And examining the hat at the very beginning was supposed to send out a dove, but that never happened.
It seems like a complicated game, but it is just intractable.