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The Broken String

by Harel Malka, Ran Kramer, and Anne Jalijali

Slice of life

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About the Story

"You play the role of Tim, a young punk rocker, livinng in an imaginary city in a squat. In Tim's city, punk rock is dying and along with it all the ideals that true punk represents. Tim's feeling of frustration and alienation grows stronger every day, but instead of losing hope, Tim decides to go on a crusade to revive punk."
[author's blurb, from The (Other) TADS Games List version 1.2]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.1
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 34
IFID: TADS2-EC77FC03BB63C87A2ED84324A60A1A74
TUID: yadkaswxreexpoty

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

Meet Tim, an anarcho-punk living in a squat in a poor part of town, trying to put together the band that will bring back the punk scene as it was before MTV trivialized it. Angry, vulgar, and political. I want to like this game more than I do - we could do with more games that challenge bourgeois values - but unfortunately, it isn't very good. The prose is weak, the characters have one trait each, there are quite a few bugs, and progress too often depends on guessing the right conversation topic. Could be worth a look anyway for its point of view, provided you're not easily offended.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

Armed with a few useful items like a packet of gelatin and an egg (to fix your hair into a Mohican!), some veggie food and your stash (well you're not a Straight Edger are you?), you exit onto the city streets. The location descriptions of the gameplay area between 2nd and 7th Street and 22nd and 27th Avenue are bleak to say the least but you could say that their very terseness - 'You are in yet another nothing to do, boring street' or 'Everything in these streets is so grey' - actually enhances the nihilistic nature of the adventure. [...]

If you're a punk with a hankering for your past then Broken String might interest you but, other than educating me in the details of punk culture, I found it had little to offer.
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