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She's Got a Thing for a Spring

by Brent VanFossen

Slice of life/Travel
1997

(based on 19 ratings)
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About the Story

It's been a hectic year, and it's time to get away. He told you that, and you agreed. Now you're here, in a grove of aspen, and long for a good, long bath in the nearby hot spring.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 4
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 313
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-970929-889B
ZCODE-4-080207-5C24
TUID: km1xagfje83xzkbp

Awards

Nominee, Best Writing; Nominee, Best Setting; Nominee, Best NPCs; Winner, Best Individual NPC - 1997 XYZZY Awards

4th Place - 3rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1997)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


You've agreed to meet your husband at a hot spring, but you have to get everything ready before he shows up. The game is set in the Rocky Mountains, with lots of attention to natural detail--and a handy NPC named Bob has a response for just about everything in the game, and many things that have nothing to do with the game as well. The author clearly loves the setting and the various experiences in store for your character, and by the end of the game you may feel the same way. The game itself is simple, and the puzzles uncomplicated, but the setting and general atmosphere are so well done that it's almost more fun just to take the game in than to work toward solving it.

-- Duncan Stevens

SPAG
Bob is worth noting because he's the rare example of an NPC who is much more developed than he needs to be; in fact, he's a relatively ordinary character with an ordinary life which you can even witness in all its glory. The failure to really fill out Bob's background is a weakness, yes, but even so, he does such a remarkable amount of things and reacts to such a remarkable amount of stimuli that one can only wonder at the amount of code that went into him.
-- Duncan Stevens a.k.a. Second April
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>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

She's Got a Thing For a Spring (hereafter called "Spring") is one of the most delightful and well-written games I've played in a long, long time. Its author is one of the few professional writers who has created interactive fiction, and his expertise shines throughout the game. Spring is set in a mountain wilderness with no magic spells, no high-tech devices, in fact no fantastical elements of any kind. Yet this game imparts a sense of wonder that is matched by only the very best interactive fiction. I found some of the scenes absolutely breathtaking in their beauty. Living in Colorado, I've spent a fair amount of time is settings similar to those described by the author, and I felt that the prose perfectly conveyed the both the tiny joys and the majestic grandeur of the mountains. In addition, the game's code usually dovetailed neatly with its prose, creating at its best a seamless experience of walking in nature.
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