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Tryst of Fate

by G. M. Zagurski

Western/Fantasy
1997

(based on 8 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

Your last trip up the stairs before you can relax in a nice hot bath brings you into rather unfortunate contact with a toy car left carelessly on a stair, and your head connects with the wooden banner near the top. As you come to, things don't quite seem so humdrum as they used to be...
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 205
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 248
IFID: ZCODE-205-970629-B503
TUID: ic0ebhbi70bdmyc2

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


The story of an ordinary housewife lured into a fanciful Western setting involving cowboy gnomes and magic bubble gum. Given the premise, it's suprising how natural it all seems. Nice settings, suitably amusing caricatures for characters, fair and varied puzzles (the hardest one is a cryptarithm), classical three-chapter design (intro/main game/endgame).

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

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For the most part, I really enjoyed this game. I thought that the writing was quite well done and at some points I was really drawn into the story. It would have rated higher but it had no online help, no hints, no walkthrough, and all I would get with help is the author's email address. Also, there were some rough edges [...]
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Tryst is not an easy game, but well worth playing for its huge entertainment factor, its lovely literary style, and its marvellous Western atmosphere. Not to mention the many and varied puzzles, and the assortment of memorable characters. If you only play one text adventure this year, make it this one.
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A polished Western about traveling worlds. Old-school puzzler, May 4, 2016
This longish game is an old-school puzzler, like So Far or Not Just an Ordinary Ballerina. It's a well-done puzzler, as well.

This game is a Western, a rare setting in IF. It starts out in the modern day, but things soon change.

The writing is descriptive and based on real locations and people known by the author.

It's hard to say more about the game without giving it away. Suffice it to say, this game is a real treat for puzzle fans, but probably not going to please those interested in story alone, as the story is 'gated' behind a series of complicated introductory puzzles.

This is perhaps the best puzzler game I have played that was not nominated for any XYZZY awards and did not enter a comp.

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