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It's not easy being king. Especially when you're the king of a nation constantly at war with, well, everyone. And when the Grim Reaper comes knocking on your door, you wonder if being king is really worth all this hassle... [blurb from IF Comp 2008]
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Signs of having been inspired by The Black Adder
I quite enjoyed this game for a while. It shows signs of having been inspired by The Black Adder, and perhaps just a bit by Adam Cadre's classic IF Varicella. Although you are a tyrant, you are a rather inept tyrant, largely the pawn of the proverbial power behind the throne, one High Chancellor Verenor. Verenor is the game's principal source of comic relief, being an outrageously bloodthirsty sort of fellow whose first thought when confronted with any problem generally involves lots of hangings and beheadings. You'll spend a lot of time with Verenor as you play, because not only must you try to arrange your defenses against Death's coming, but you must always deal with the daily business of running a kingdom. Running a kingdom seems to principally involve lots and lots of meetings with lots and lots of strange and often unpleasant people -- which is perhaps not that far from the truth, now that I think of it.
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This is a big game in a small map. You are avoiding death, but it's coming at you in every way.
ADRIFT parser just aren't as good as Inform or TADS, but it's difficult to say why without just playing. It's about the same level of responsiveness as Quest.
This game has really, really big textdumps. And it can be difficult to know what to do at times. There is a walkthrough, but noone has been able to find the secret command to unlock it and post it online.
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