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Delvyn

by William A. Tilli

2003

(based on 5 ratings)
2 member reviews

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.0
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 2171
IFID: TADS2-1A41678EBBECB5A59872B4D20710CD73
TUID: kp5c3ht6z2wodvqv

Awards

23rd Place - 9th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2003)

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Irritating. That's the overwhelming feeling I get from this game., November 7, 2017
by turthalion (Winnipeg)
Related reviews: IF Comp 2003
When the initial location contains point-scoring items that can't be seen unless you 'x bedroom', I get irritated. When the same item continues to be mentioned after you take them, I get more irritated.

When the main character gets achingly hungry some few turns after consuming a huge plate of pancakes, the irritation mounts.

Speaking of the main character, I'm not sure why he's an elf living in Newberry. It doesn't seem to make the slightest bit of difference to the story, other than the elf's infravision resulting in not having to worry about a light source puzzle (and I would gladly have put up with a light source puzzle in exchange for dumping the hunger "puzzle").

Directions are scarce in numerous locations in this game, spelling mistakes abound, plot details are encapsulated in room descriptions (thus repeating themselves every time you "look"), and I ended up quitting after a guess-the-verb puzzle just to get to a certain location landed me in a spot where I could find no way proceed, or go back. As no hints or walkthrough were provided, I was forced to give up.

Oh, and did I mention the annoying music that starts playing when you type "About" ? More irritation.

Author Encouragement:
I'm not sure I really want to take the time to encourage this sort of thing.

Bedroom Notes:
If you insist on starting your game in a bedroom, at least give it a description. Enough said.

Scoring:
W: 2
Passable, except that the story seems weak, and the spelling and grammar are pretty poor.

A: 2
Generally unappealing. Hunger puzzles, spelling mistakes, missing descriptions... bleah.

B: 2
Guess-the-verb parser problems, room descriptions that repeat plot details every time you look (e.g. "You step into the room..."), and a location that left me stranded with no way out. No thanks.

E: 2
Not entertaining for me, but it's not a 1, just because there does seem to be a game there.

WABE score: 4

A strange game from the fake Santoonie Corp, August 1, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour
This game has you play an autistic elf in the US called Delvyn, who eats pancakes and adventures into a spooky house.

I found this game fairly entertaining though buggy at first, but then I got stuck in the second pit, and reading on RGIF made me uncertain whether the game was even finishable, as Santoonie are notable trolls.

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