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The Magpie Takes the Train

by Mathbrush profile

Episode 2 of The Magpie

About the Story

A millionaire guards a fabulous ruby in her private train car. Countless thieves have failed to steal it. But they weren't the Magpie!

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2020
Current Version: 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: 1382CE5F-959A-4B62-A926-2A48EF5D0676
TUID: wfs8b2nphpeqrnaq

Off-Site Reviews

Doug's World
Magpie Takes the Train” shares several features in common with its inspiration: an entertaining detective farce involving frequent costume changes; dialogue with an amusing cast of upstairs-downstairs society figures (but curiously set in the states). Both games have a well implemented full parser interface.

This game differs from “Alias” in its scope. Whereas Alias was a full length game, with multiple rooms and individual scenes, “Train” is an elaborate one-room puzzle box....

A delightful addition to the Magpie canon.
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Stian’s IFComp 2020 reviews
Having, as one should, duly enjoyed ‘Alias’ The Magpie, I was very excited to see this sequel among this year’s IFComp entries. To my further enjoyment, it turns out this sequel is almost just as good! Not that there is anything particularly wrong with it; I just wish it was longer and slightly more challenging, matching the length and difficulty of the original. Completing The Magpie Takes the Train took me 45 minutes.
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Viv Dunstan’s IFComp 2020 Reviews
Ultimately this is a logic puzzle, albeit a very forgiving one, without a time limit that I could spot. So you can try different things without penalty. Though in the end I switched to the walkthrough, to polish things up. I was pleased to see that some of the different commands i tried (different from the exact versions in the walkthrough) worked. And ultimately it was an extremely satisfying ending.

So good stuff, albeit for me some niggles over the conversation mechanism (that is never easy to handle smoothly), and some under implemented bits. But it was extremely competent, and good fun. Thanks!
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