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Square Circle

by Eric Eve profile

political
2004

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- Ann R. J., April 19, 2013

- Sam Kabo Ashwell (Seattle), April 16, 2012

- rootmos (Stockholm, Sweden), April 7, 2012

- MonochromeMolly, November 25, 2011

- dacharya64, August 29, 2011

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Very Enjoyable, June 15, 2011
The plot was amazing, and I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that solving the titular puzzle was only the beginning of the plot. The interactions with NPC's were lovely, and the puzzles were logical and stimulating. Overall, it was very nice gameplay experience.

The only complaint I would have is that, for me, the ending came too abruptly.* The story really began to pick up for me after you find out your identity, and I had hoped that it would be longer, and that there would have been an epilogue or appendix that showed you the results of your actions. Or maybe there was one, and I just completely missed it.

Either way, it was a thoroughly enjoyable game, and the biggest twist in it really made it for me. I recommend this very much.

*NOTE: This is probably due to personal experience. I have a friend who's a coast guard and sails around the world for a living, and he's talked to me many times about (Spoiler - click to show)shapes on globes and how you can have all sorts of seemingly contradictory shapes if you're drawing on a sphere. In addition, I've read about this in a physics book before, so I had a really clear idea of how to draw the square circle, and only needed to figure out the little hindrances before getting to the globe. Therefore, probably the most challenging and time-consuming puzzle there was ... I finished very, very quickly, resulting in my feeling that the game was short.


Note: this review is based on older version of the game.

- Nikos Chantziaras (Samos, Greece), June 15, 2011

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A truely interactive game, November 29, 2010
This Kafkaesque game had me totally immersed from start to finish with a great story that unfolds slowly. There's a high level of interactivity with all sorts of objects and everything is well described. Highly polished with great attention to detail. The story really opens up after solving one hard puzzle, which I had to use a hint for, because I never would have got it. However, this did not detract from my score. In addition, I really loved the conversations with the NPCs which added a lot to the story. Personally, I have re-kindled my interest in IF after playing Scott Adams adventures as a kid and thought that this was a brilliant work of art which really opened up my eyes to the extended creative possibilities of Interactive Fiction. If you're interested in Distopias, pure logic, Kafka, Orwell, or political science fiction, this is the game for you.

- Narcisse, November 26, 2010

- Shigosei, July 27, 2009

- googoogjoob, May 20, 2009

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

Square Circle suffers from being oversized for a comp game -- not heinously so, but I think I was only about 75% through when the two-hour bell rang. So that'll hurt its rating with me. Otherwise, though it's a little unpolished in places, this game offers an intriguing scenario and some enjoyable puzzles, and I recommend it, especially if it sees a revised post-comp edition.

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- Michel Nizette (Brussels, Belgium), January 17, 2008

- AmberShards (The Gothic South), November 14, 2007

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Half-good, October 31, 2007
by Nusco (Bologna, Italy)
Related reviews: IF Competition 2004
A Kafkian story about a man imprisoned for unknown reasons. It becomes less and less interesting as it goes, but the philosophic undertones are clever and sometimes funny. Largely based on a difficult puzzle that doesn't really fit in IF format.

- Stephen Bond (Leuven, Belgium), October 26, 2007

- Pseudo_Intellectual (Vancouver, Canada), October 25, 2007

- Quintin Stone (NC), October 23, 2007


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