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Bronze

by Emily Short profile

Part of fractured fairy tales
Fantasy
2006

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- Meka (Chicagoland, Illinois), April 21, 2017

- enigmity, April 13, 2017

Perfect Introduction To IF, March 18, 2017

In my opinion, this game is perfect. Based on my limited experience with IF, I'd say this game definitely succeeds at introducing beginners to the "traditional" exploration and puzzle IF genre.

The map is sizable enough to keep the player curious but not so expansive as to overwhelm. The teleportation-style navigation feature keeps the beginner from getting bored with the "legwork" of bringing items to and fro to complete tasks and the "think about" hint feature doesn't let the player stay lost long enough to give up.

Having only played the game through once (so far) I don't have experience with the multiple possible endings, but after finishing the game I did skim the "making of" page on the author's site (which is full of spoilers), and I gained an increased respect for the amount of thought that went into the complete and polished game that I played.

I recommend this game especially to beginners, but if you're a veteran player of IF and you haven't played this game yet, give it a try.

- pox, March 18, 2017

- Mike Spivey, March 5, 2017

- Ilex (Georgia, US), February 27, 2017

- ikdc, February 21, 2017

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A great story for beginners, February 5, 2017
Bronze is a great starting place for those getting into IF. It has a generous hint system and puzzles that are just the right difficulty (for me, anyway!). Though it has some parallels to Beauty and the Beast, it is it's own story and not romantic, if that's a concern. I would recommend printing a map or drawing a map to keep track of all of the locations. I didn't visit all of the possible rooms (the ones unlabeled on the PDF map), so I assume there is an alternate, perhaps more favorable, path. Next, I plan on having my middle school students work through this story as an intro to IF!

- RoboDragonn, January 30, 2017

- TheAncientOne, January 28, 2017

- Xavid, December 7, 2016

- Christopher Hall (London, Great Britain), October 27, 2016

- jenzwick, October 4, 2016

- fallen-avengers, September 24, 2016

- Denk, September 23, 2016

- nosferatu, September 23, 2016

- lskains, September 7, 2016

- Lotus Watcher, August 14, 2016

- Herman van Wietmarschen (Driebergen, the Netherlands), August 5, 2016

- Dhary, June 16, 2016

- scotttalent, June 12, 2016

- missjith, April 24, 2016

- Mergath, March 4, 2016

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Interesting interpretation of beauty and the beast, February 18, 2016
by Solana (Hong Kong)
Bronze is my first IF game and I think as a complete newbie to IF Bronze is really easy to handle and provides really good instructions/hints to guide me throughout the game. I really like the spooky environment and as the game go on the creepiness got yet not too much to scare me off.

I did not have a high expectation of the game however and I don't think it's that much of a surprise either, maybe because there's too many remakes of Beauty and the Beast already that it's pretty much guessable of what will happen.

Another thing I don't really fancy is the number of rooms it has. There's just way too many rooms and while it's useful in the sense to allow me to get the feel of the game and how to move around, there are many rooms that are just not needed and the huge amount of rooms confuses me a lot especially in the end when I want to get back to a specific room which its name is too complicated to remember and I must search through a big paragraph of rooms I've went through in order to find the name of that specific annoying room. I do think adding a few rooms without big purpose is fine as that's what tends to happen in the real world as well and adds to the challenge, but this is just way, way, way too much useless rooms.

The names are also very confusing.

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A mid-length retelling of Beauty and the Beast with musical magic, February 3, 2016
This mid-length game is a story-focused Zorkian type game, where you explore the Beast's castle, trying to understand his history and take action.

The game features a magical system focused on (Spoiler - click to show)bells. Different bells have different properties, which you must decipher by experimentation and by searching records.

The game is a more cynical version of the fairy tale (or more world-weary). Fans of Short's other works will recognize the common elements of a strong, independent female protagonist interacting with a man of grey morality in an ambiguous leader/lover role (such as in Galatea, Metamorphoses, Counterfeit Monkey).

This game is intended to be accesible to beginners, with a tutorial mode and ways to access hints. I found the game frustrating when I tried to treat it as an open, nonlinear game. When I did what the game told me to do, it was much more enjoyable.


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