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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents "A Fable"

by Graeme Cree

Satire, Surreal

(based on 8 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

"A character assassination of an apparently not-very-good AGT game in the style of Mystery Science Theatre 3000."
[-- blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

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Baf's Guide

What MST3K Presents "Detective" is to Detective, this game is to A Fable. Since the MiSTing was performed by a different author, however, there is some difference in style. This time, the emphasis is less on the game's bugs and more on its pretentions. On the whole, it doesn't work as well as MST3K1, mostly because it doesn't do as much with the raw material. Features colored text and sounds and images ripped from the MST3K TV show, flagrantly violating copyright.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

A Fable is also a bit more difficult than Detective, so after I had explored most of the game, I spent a short but boring time, with a terrible absence of robot jokes, completing it. I still thought it was pretty funny though. I laughed out loud a few times.
-- Řyvind Thorsby
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Hilarious in a few places, September 18, 2015
by mjhayes (Somewhere east of Garinham)

I like this MiSTing even more than the one for Detective, for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the original game needed spoofing because of its extremely primitive design, not for being so laughingly awful like Detective was, and so the emphasis on the MST dialog is on that aspect of the game. Another thing is that this MiSTing has an intermission, which I found to be hilarious.

Playing through the game was actually pretty enjoyable with the heckling that stripped it of any seriousness. The original "game" itself was just an interactive stream-of-consciousness set to an unordered "maze of twisty little passages." I did enjoy the room descriptions with the MST comments added. Just be aware that you'll probably squeeze only about a half-hours' worth of enjoyment from this piece.

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