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In the Spotlight

by John Byrd


(based on 6 ratings)
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About the Story

A one-room game with one major puzzle. Tie two strings together. Simple?
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

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21st Place - 4th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1998)

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Baf's Guide

A classical physical-thinking test involving two lengths of string hanging from the ceiling, presented in the form of a barren one-room text adventure. Just one puzzle, which I'm not sure I'd have been able to solve if I were not already familiar with it. Does a pretty good job of handling the things one might try with the objects given.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

It's one lone puzzle, and thus a little difficult to rate. On the one hand, the writing and coding are both quite good; I found neither bugs nor English errors anywhere in the game. Then again, this level of excellence was sustained for a remarkably short time. Consequently, I can't rate the game very highly -- there's just not enough there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A tiny parser game with one puzzle: tying two strings, May 9, 2016

In this game, you are in a single room with a single puzzle. You have to tie two strings together.

This game has about 5 or 6 items. The one puzzle is clever, but it's it. For that one puzzle, the author has made a very polished game, with the responses you'd hope for implemented, and descriptive writing.

If you like brainteaser-type puzzles, this is a good game for you. But it is very, very short.

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Cleanly designed physics puzzle, January 1, 2008

A one room game based on a single, physics based puzzle. Economically designed, everything is in the game world for a reason (even the distractions). I don't consider the game's short length reason enough to give it a low score, so definitely give this one a try.

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