D-Day

by Yvette Gilmore

SEASONAL
2011

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Oh dear; "something has gone wrong," indeed., August 1, 2011
by John Daily (New York)

Writing this review pains me a bit, because it's obvious that this is Ms. Gilmore's first release (I certainly don't want to be the reason anyone gives up working with this amazingly creative medium). It's equally obvious that she's put a fair amount of time into creating her maps and lists of details. In part, though, that's the problem: D'Day is less a game (or IF), and more just the PC running around collecting everything needed for a wedding. As for the plot: well, that's pretty much it.

There are some major parsing issues in this one, and some sloppy code (for example, telling you to do things you've already done, but not updating, so the game keeps commanding you to do it). "Look"ing in a location acts as "look, examine, and get all" at odd times. Also, "look"ing in a room sometimes gets you a "try looking in [X] location" message and nothing else, so finding exits and a room description (there is no "exits" command) means you must scroll up. Some room descriptions don't list all the access points, which makes going back difficult without scrolling up again. Some objects that seem like they should be interactive, aren't (trying to turn on a tv, for example, tells you "that's not something you can switch," while typing "watch tv" gives you a description of the tv and the cabinet it sits in). And so on. Of course, parsing issues are going to creep up in any IF; that's simply the nature of the medium, but there are so many (and that's not even counting the "guess the verb" areas) that it's obvious that the game didn't spend much time being beta-tested before its release.

Look, I feel heartless right now. If Ms. Gilmore is reading this, I hope she realizes that there is a decent game to be had here; she just needs to pay as much attention to the debugging phase of game-building as the actual designing of it. The writing is solid, and the idea of a to-do list isn't necessarily a bad one. As a first effort, it's commendable.

Without more attention from the author, however, D-Day will just remain dull and buggy.


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Yvette Martin, September 4, 2011 - Reply
Thankyou to all. I would have expected reviews of my first attempt to be rather harsh as i know the game was released prematurely. I appreciate the detail of the reviews as this is criticism I can use and will definitely be re-working this game. I can assure you, the next game will be much better but will take a long time before release. Thanks again.
Yvette Martin, September 4, 2011 - Reply
Thankyou to all. I would have expected reviews of my first attempt to be rather harsh as i know the game was released prematurely. I appreciate the detail of the reviews as this is criticism I can use and will definitely be re-working this game. I can assure you, the next game will be much better but will take a long time before release. Thanks again.
John Daily, August 1, 2011 - Reply
Thank you much! :)
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