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A Bear's Night Out

by David Dyte

Children's/Fantasy
1997

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- Cory Roush (Ohio), July 14, 2017

- looksharp (American midwest), May 20, 2017

- ikdc, March 14, 2017

An old-school game. A teddy bear explores the house of his IF-loving owner, February 3, 2016

A Bear's Night Out was nominated for an XYZZY award for Best Game in its second year. You play as a teddy bear exploring the house of your owner.

This is a classic 90's game. Tight puzzles, jokey references to other games, a real sense of atmosphere, many unexaminable objects. If you enjoyed Plotkin's or Nelson's early games, you will enjoy this game.

By the game's own count, it has 32 references to previous games, including letting you (Spoiler - click to show)play Curses!, Dungeon, and Adventureland.

- Guenni (At home), January 24, 2016

- Aryore, December 12, 2015

- Lisbon, October 2, 2015

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- KGH (North Carolina), June 10, 2013

- Andrew Schultz (Chicago), May 7, 2013

- Floating Info, April 3, 2013

SPAG

It's a genuinely charming premise that author David Dyte carries off with humor, and as with Ralph, that premise shapes both the plot and the puzzles in a way that makes Bear's Night Out feel fresh.

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

ABNO is a delightful game. It is well-written and, for the most part, well-coded, including a number of details which serve to enrich the childlike, enchanted game world. For example, the television runs a very funny infomercial for a hardware z-chip, to turn your computer into "the interactive fiction machine of your dreams!" The cat's random event routines create an endearing illusion of feline unpredictability. Judiciously chosen box quotes enhance the game's sense of magic and wonder. Finally, perhaps the best touch of all, all the elements of the full score are written alliteratively: "furry fashion" for wearing your coat, "kindness to kittens" for petting the cat, etc. The combined result of all these details is a world well worth visiting by children and adults alike.

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- QotC, January 26, 2013

- E.K., August 20, 2012

- Herr Rau (München, Germany), May 1, 2012

- Nav (Bristol, UK), December 4, 2011

- sunny and mild (South Africa), October 4, 2011

- JohnW (Brno, Czech Republic), March 16, 2011

- Walter Sandsquish, February 1, 2011

- NoiselessPenguin (London, UK), January 28, 2011

- HarukaKat, October 24, 2010

- Mr. Patient (Saint Paul, Minn.), August 23, 2010

- Dave Chapeskie (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), August 4, 2010

- lagran-G-an (Tel-Aviv, Israel), June 26, 2010


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