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Detective

by Matt Barringer

Mystery
1993

About the Story

"Often imitated, never equaled, an unvarnished port of Barringer's "Detective". [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1
License: Freeware
Development System: AGT
Baf's Guide ID: 63
IFIDs:  AGT-03500-0000BE87
ZCODE-1-000715-2D80
TUID: 1po9rgq2xssupefw

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
Surprisingly, the only commands needed to solve 'Detective' are north, east, south, and west. It is possible to pick up a few items along the way in order to increase the score, but none of these items has any effect on the story.
-- Stefan Jokisch

I'm only writing this because unlike Stefan Jokisch (in his review), I think that you SHOULD get this game and you SHOULD play it. It's very quick (as little as 26 moves), loaded with such unintentional laughs, and unlike Space Aliens, you can play it to a conclusion, with no headaches or technical glitches. [...] Mr. Barringer's goal in writing the game was to entertain his audience, and as far as I'm concerned he suceeded in ways that the rating system can't show.
-- Graeme Cree
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SPAG

It's short, arbitrary and pointless, but it *is* short! It may even be historical. (Can you count yourself a true IF afficionado if you don't know of this game?) It's also sincere in its way. If you look at other bad IF, you often find a cynicism, rampant insults to the player, and sleazy bad humor. It's clear that the author's intentions are good.
-- okblacke
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Page Update History

  v.3: 18-Apr-2013 17:06 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.2: 01-Mar-2008 20:51 - David Welbourn
Changed description
v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:49 - IFDB
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