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Xen: The Contest

by Ian Shlasko

Collegiate/Science Fiction
2005

(based on 5 ratings)
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About the Story

You are John Richardson, an average college student with an average life. Little do you know that forces beyond your comprehension have a plan for your immediate future.

Game Details

Language: English (en-US)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 2827
IFID: TADS2-FD72C2E0CAAE49D2BEC00676996C3B44
TUID: a3mhw58coq7kmdir

Awards

16th Place - 11th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2005)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


The game has one of the strongest plots in IF-Competition 2005. However, the impact of the game is to a no small degree diminished by a not thorough enough implementation, as well as by repeated driving the player through lengthy sequences of mundane and obvious actions (for instance, in the early stages of the game, the PC has to go to the cafeteria every day, stand there in line, order his food, and pay for it at the cash desk). Still, it has plenty of atmosphere, and the characters are sketched out nicely, although they are - well, underimplemented. I'd like to repeat it - personally for me, the story of Xen: The Contest made up for most game design flaws; still, I'm aware it might be not to everyone's taste.

-- Valentine Kopteltsev

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