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A Love Letter to Mathematics, December 23, 2021by feamir A Beauty Cold and Austere is an elegant and ardent love letter to mathematics. The game progresses naturally along the historical development of mathematics, and the world expands along with our understanding of what a number actually is. Each puzzle is cleverly designed around a fundamental principle of mathematics, using the language and thought processes of at the time of discovery. I loved interacting with the historical figures and seeing them interact with each other! This game is a masterpiece, and I will being singing its praises to all of my math-y friends! Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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Non Cogito ergo Non Sum?, December 4, 2020by Rovarsson (Belgium) First of all: Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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Mathematical!, March 27, 2019by Joey Jones (UK) The game succeeded in teaching me a whole load of mathematical concepts that I either didn't know or had long forgotten, and did so in a way that made me feel pretty smart for figuring stuff out. The gradually unveiling structure was good for keeping the challenge space manageable. The puzzles were on the whole challenging without being too obtuse-- I only resorted to hints a few times and mostly discovered I'd forgotten to look at something properly. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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True Fun with Math., December 9, 2018by IFonthebrain When I finished this game, in 3 not-long-enough sittings, I had the feeling that I had once again put yet another great IF game under my hat. And it's one of those of which I can truly say that I learned some very interesting things. I may be biased, because I have a background in mathematics and enjoy solving problems in math and physics, but I think this game also entertains--and enlightens--the math lay-person. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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YMMV, May 21, 2018by Marco Innocenti (Florence, Italy) ABCaA is an incredibly polished game, with complex mechanics that perfectly work and some good writing. Its major "flaw" is that it requires too much knowledge from outside of the game. The 4 stars are an average between these two contexts: 1) you are not into mathematics and want a game whose puzzles can be solved "from the inside": 3/5 because the game is very, very strong in many aspects but you shall eventually never finish it; 2) you like maths and are good at them: 5/5, because the game is a romp which is frankly perfect. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | View comments (3) - Add comment
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Very nice mathy adventure, December 10, 2017by _eMMe_ (Milan, Italy) I liked it very much: most of the puzzles are based on classic memes of popular mathematics, but they are well designed and sometimes able to surprise even when known. In fact, a bit of familiarity with math is needed to enjoy the game. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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A good attempt, December 2, 2017by lkdc "A Beauty Cold and Austere" takes its player though a tour of freshman-level mathematics, from the basics of combinatorics to touch the beginnings of cardinal numbers. If unfamiliar with the relevant concepts, this game might take a while to complete, but if you know the math then you shouldn't have much difficulty. The puzzles were tasteful and well-designed, though I had a little difficulty determining which puzzles had already been solved and which had not. I have one complaint about some of the puzzles, such as the Hotel puzzle, which used character knowledge instead of player knowledge. This felt jarring - like I had been robbed of some agency - since I knew the answer but I had to find a way to force the player-character to figure out the answer for himself. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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A large mathematical journey of a puzzlefest, November 17, 2017I beta tested this game several times, and work with the author. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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A very challenging tour, November 4, 2017by Mr. Patient (Saint Paul, Minn.) This is a traditional-style text adventure set in a sort of mathematical wonderland, populated by mathematician NPCs and puzzles based on physical manifestations of mathematical concepts. You can tell it comes from a place of deep love of the subject. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Remove vote | Add a comment
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