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At Wit's End

by Mike Sousa


About the Story

"A case study of Murphy's Law in action. In-game hints available." [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1.2
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 1010
IFIDs:  TADS2-35866B5ED0DC1EE506C107E862AFEC5D
TUID: ytls18by86w67qr8

Off-Site Reviews

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

Sometimes, in its fervor to crank up the puzzle intensity along with the story intensity, the game overloads certain puzzles, thrusting them into the Babelfishy realm of the ridiculous. One puzzle in particular, probably the most byzantine of them all, really strained the bounds of believability for me... This quibble aside, AWE is an excellent piece of work. The writing, though nothing special, is serviceable, and the coding is really outstanding. The game notices and comments on lots of little things, which really deepens immersion, as does AWE's thorough implementation of all first-level nouns. The best part, though, is the plot. At Wit's End has one of my favorite plots of any competition game from this year, one that kept surprising me even after I had figured out to expect the unexpected.
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AWE gets off to a rollicking start with simple, tight, timed puzzles, but then goes much too broad and much too hard, at least for my tastes. While all the puzzles seemed reasonably logical, but the breadth meant a lot of time pursuing irrelevant alternatives, and the difficulty would have required an awful lot of player time to solve without excessively relying on hints/walkthroughs, which I was unwilling to do.
-- Sean T Barrett
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It appears to be well-programmed although very hard in places and nigh-on impossible to solve without frequent use of the save/restore/undo feature.
-- Dorothy Millard
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Page Update History

v.9: 23-Mar-2013 07:50 - Paul O'Brian (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
Changed external review links
v.8: 07-Feb-2016 09:01 - Mike Sousa
Changed author
  v.7: 23-Mar-2013 07:50 - Edward Lacey
Changed external review links
v.6: 29-Apr-2009 17:40 - Dave Chapeskie
Changed download links
v.5: 09-May-2008 12:46 - Emily Short
Changed cover art
v.4: 28-Apr-2008 12:59 - Paul O'Brian
Changed external review links
v.3: 27-Feb-2008 22:45 - David Welbourn
Changed description
v.2: 21-Oct-2007 18:26 - Tracy Poff
Changed download links
v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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