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A Party to Murder

by David Good profile


(based on 5 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

In financial difficulties, you go to meet with a neighbor during a party. However, he seems to be missing. Where could he be? And who are these mysterious party guests? Watch out for the police, they seem to be suspicious of you!

This was my entry in the 2002 8th Annual IF-Comp. While it had a few complimentary reviews, the vast majority of judges in the comp didnít like it much. Oh, and the house in the game is a very close version of the house I lived in at the time, which isnít the same house as the one in the Melbourne Beach game.

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28th Place - 8th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2002)

6th Place - ADRIFT End Of Year Comp 2002

Editorial Reviews

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

Overall, APTM would be a seaworthy craft, but between the logic holes in its hull and the tsunamis of ADRIFT inadequacy, it sinks dismally fast.
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ADRIFT Forum, review by DavidW
A Party To Murder by DuoDave
DuoDave's entry for the 2002 IFComp, A Party To Murder is a thoughtful, well-written piece of interactive fiction which is nicely accessible from the word go. Indeed, most of the locations can be reached with a minimum of trouble. The puzzles lie in other directions.

Starting with an introduction which sets the feel of the game well, A Party To Murder comes across firstly as a straightforward murder mystery. Tony Ravine, the head of the local homeowners' association, has been hitting you, the player, with penalties and fines for years and his latest move is to put a lien on your house. A party thrown at Ravine's house seemed as good an opportunity as any to speak to him and get the matter sorted out. Only now you find yourself sitting in a police station being questioned in relation to Ravine's murder. Needless to say, things are not as they appearÖ
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A fairly competent adrift game about murder, July 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

In this game, you play someone exploring a house during a party, trying to find paperwork on a lien on your house.

There is a death. You want to learn more about it.

The game has some odd touches (some strong profanity from a goth, for intance), especially the fact that you go through every area of the house in front of the unhappy occupants and they don't stop you.

Otherwise, though, this is one of the best Adrift implementations I've seen.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Interesting murder mystery despite a few niggles, March 8, 2023
by Denk
Related reviews: Adrift 4

The fact that Adrift 4 games now can be played very well online with the Parchment interpreter has given me new energy to play and review these games. I played this quite a while ago though.

This is a pretty good mystery game where you must find evidence on who is the killer at a party, otherwise you will become the main suspect.

The game has a few issues but nothing critical. The only "puzzle" I didn't like was that I had to:(decrypt with www.rot13.com)
Before I could do something hardly related. That wasn't very logical.

Otherwise, puzzles were fair and the game includes a walkthrough if you get stuck.

The game may require that you have a bit of experience with text adventures, but if you have that, there are no real technical problems. For instance, books couldn't be referred to as a book, e.g. GET BOOK wouldn't work, you would have to type e.g. GET RIGGING BOOK. Not really a problem as you will quickly find more books and you would have to be more specific on which book you want to read anyway. Stuff like this may annoy some, but not me. Also, the game accepted the use of "it" in a few places. However, sometimes using "it" gave a different response than using the noun, which is of course a problem but that didn't happen very often (may happen often in Adrift 4 games, I am not sure).

Despite these few niggles, it was quite entertaining. I hope to play more of David Good's games soon.

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