The Wizard Sniffer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A fresh take on fantasy, March 25, 2021

This witty puzzle game has such a unique charm! As others have pointed out, the humor is reminiscent of monty python or Blackadder, but the jokes don't come at the expense of the emotional heart of the story. There were many moments that made me gasp or laugh out loud while playing. The dialogue is well-written, the puzzles are clever, and the entire premise feels like a fresh take on the genre.

- Austin Auclair, March 2, 2021

- Pinstripe (Chicago, Illinois), February 4, 2021

- TheBoxThinker, January 25, 2021

- pocketbrows, January 17, 2021

- RichCheng (Warwickshire, UK), December 18, 2020

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Hysterical telling of a sweet story, with fun puzzles to boot, October 16, 2020

I introduced my partner to IF with this game, not quite knowing what to expect. I haven't played much since the 90s, and I wasn't sure what they would make of it. It was an excellent choice.

The writing is clear and dryly funny. Room descriptions are shown once in full, and then it cuts to the chase. The limited verb set avoided any scramble to satisfy the parser. What's more, the constrained parser serves the story in both shallow and deep ways.

The puzzles were just difficult enough to be fun without ever shutting us down---we resorted to hints just a few times, and the hint system is as well integrated into the story as everything else. Relatedly, there are no "dead-ends": you can't make a choice so wrong that you'll be stuck, and you can always UNDO to get back to where you were. What could be bad?

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A true joy to play!, October 1, 2020
by RadioactiveCrow (Irving, TX)
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One of the best games I've ever played. It was fun, a good length without overstaying its welcome, light-hearted and humorous while still being challenging. Loved how it seemed like a goofy game at first, but then you discovered there was more to the story than it first appeared. The interaction between the characters, and how you could switch which one you were "controlling" was clever and I loved how the limited verb set didn't feel too easy.

One of the few IF games that I know I'll play-through again for the shear enjoyment of it.

ADDENDUM: As of the 10/01/20 this is still my favorite IF piece of all time.

- Guenni (At home), September 7, 2020

- Zape, September 4, 2020

- antperson, August 20, 2020

- mishz132, August 19, 2020

- William Chet (Michigan), July 19, 2020

- Cognitive_Prospector, June 6, 2020

- kierlani, June 2, 2020

- Edo, May 9, 2020

- erzulie, May 4, 2020

- edcst, April 6, 2020

- Sammel, March 20, 2020

- tempest102, December 12, 2019

- Jack Brounstein, October 19, 2019

- Wanderlust, September 3, 2019

- lonikk, August 30, 2019

- Tarienna, July 5, 2019

- Stian, June 20, 2019

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