post-competition shareware release, with images but no music
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
Post-competition shareware release, with images but no music
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
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by Ian Finley

Science Fiction

About the Story

""But my madness speaks:
It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,
Whilst rank corruption, mining all within,
Infects unseen."

Welcome to the Citadel of Justice. The Inquisitor is waiting." [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 909
IFIDs:  TADS2-8515E62E2C29E7D61796BF593C722DF8
TUID: gdl05tnyqjja5vc6

Off-Site Reviews

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

On the one hand, I have to admit that it does an outstanding job at achieving what appear to be its goals. By the end of the game I was twitchy, angry, and thoroughly awash in the reality-questioning quasi-madness brought on by works like Brazil and 1984. Like those works, Kaged is a kick in the head all the way through, and a very powerful kick at that. In a way, I love this -- I find it a brilliant indictment of authority run rampant, and perhaps even a radical thesis on the problems of non-interactive IF. All that makes me want to rate Kaged quite highly indeed. On the other hand, if I give it what it wants, doesn't that make me complicit? If I truly believe in resisting totalitarianism (and I truly do), then shouldn't I resist Kaged and its demands by giving it the lowest rating possible? Shouldn't I raise my voice as strongly as possible to insist that IF like this is unacceptable? Maybe I should. But then again, what about that old rationale of irony? Sure, Kaged shows us totalitarianism, and controls us with an iron hand, but isn't it just making a point by doing so? Sure. Of course it is. It's all ironic, you see? That's what it is. And it certainly would be overly paranoid of me to think of that as just a rationalization.
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v.4: 27-Feb-2008 23:20 - David Welbourn
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v.3: 19-Feb-2008 17:11 - Emily Short
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v.2: 25-Nov-2007 00:12 - pwiecz
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:48 - IFDB
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