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wHen mAchines aTtack

by Mark Jones profile

2008

(based on 8 ratings)
2 member reviews

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
IFID: ZCODE-1-080927-F37F
TUID: i45k6mzsi2wpw1ec

Awards

23rd Place - 14th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2008)

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Very, very big game about a robotic conspiracy at a factory, September 28, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour
This game has numerous issues, and is best played with a walkthrough.

With a walkthrough, it can be pretty fun. It does include steps like waiting 19 times in a row, with each Z producing a text dump.

The reason it can be fun is that its story, which has early hints about employees not being all the way there and oddly intelligent robotic devices, is compelling in the large scale.

Worth trying if you like to skim read and don't mind walkthroughs.

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
Look past the obvious problems, there is a solid game here, November 14, 2008
by lobespear
Related reviews: IF Comp 2008
A meaty effort... lots to read, lots to do. Some evocative writing, a compelling story filled with intrigue, interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. In the world of pulp novels and trashy sci-fi, it would be described as a "page turner". Overcomes some very poor vocabulary, buggy disambiguation, and the "mother of all cut scenes" (one character's dialogue runs for at least twelve turns!) to deliver a nice, solid game that neatly balances puzzles and story. Well worth a play.

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