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About the Story"Often imitated, never equaled, an unvarnished port of Barringer's "Detective". [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]
However, fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 should check out MST3K Presents Detective , an Inform port with adaptive heckling.
-- Carl Muckenhoupt
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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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.
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It gets pretty much everything it possibly can wrong. Exits continue to shift, dead ends litter almost every room, hallways extend for millennia, it features an incomprehensible plot, items remain in room descriptions even after you pick them up, it has generally terrible writing and sports some absolutely bizarre deaths (though I quite enjoyed how out of place these were) and these are only to name a few.
The result is a game that feels like a bizarre, surreal dream. In all honesty, there was something I found quite enjoyable about the atmosphere it inadvertently emanates. The only thing that really bothered me was how much padding there was.
It's a poorly designed game, yes, but frankly I've played worse: games that were impossible to finish or contained puerile content. I'd rather play this poorly designed but well-meaning game over those.
It's also worth keeping in mind that it was designed by a 12 year old.
So is it worth playing? Only if you want to see what mistakes to avoid when making a game, or how poor game design can accidentally create a dreamy atmosphere. But I'd still recommend it over certain other titles.
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