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The Life (and Deaths) of Doctor M

by Michael D. Hilborn

Surreal
2011

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(based on 28 ratings)
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About the Story

Your vision clears as you gently land in an endless landscape. There is the wind, a bleak and chill thing. And there is your sense of uncertainty: You don't know which way to go. Or, maybe, which way you went.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2011
Current Version: 5
License: Creative Commons
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: 25EA7AC7-95F6-497E-B0CD-65014E7EB69A
TUID: uqy4x2pm6cslbrs0

Awards

6th Place overall; 3rd Place, Miss Congeniality Award - 17th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2011)

Nominee, Best Story; Winner, Best Individual Puzzle - 2011 XYZZY Awards

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A review-your-life-from-the-afterlife game about mercy deaths, February 3, 2016

Doctor M is perhaps most famous for being part of the 4-game 'hat puzzle' (involving 3 other games from the IFComp). However, it stands well on its own.

There is a subgenre of IF consisting of games where you reflect on a life through flashbacks, and have to decide if you did the right thing or not. Tapestry, Photograph, and Map are examples.

Doctor M takes this on with panache. You have to revisit the death of three victims of you, a mercy-killing doctor. You then can choose your interpretation of the events.

There are some mild puzzles, including hunt-the-scenery and read-the -descriptions-carefully puzzles. There is one or two problems requiring a leap of intuition.

The writing was good. I believe some people said they didn't like the heavy-handedness of the moral dilemma presented in the game, but it's what's needed for this type of work.

The game has a literal angel and devil, and has 3 endings.

I enjoyed this game. I recommend it for fans of the afterlife genre.


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