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Aunts and Butlers

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Humor
2006

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- Audiart (Davis, CA), March 5, 2017

Jay Is Games

Because of its relatively simple plot and small environment, Aunts and Butlers is a good introductory game for anyone new to the world of interactive fiction. And apart from a rather stale maze sequence, the game feels fresh and interesting at every turn. Put on your tailcoat and grab the teacup, Aunt Cedilla is waiting for you in the drawing room.

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If you aren't as much a fan of P. G. Woodhouse as I am, you'll probably see Aunts and Butlers just as a light-hearted, not too deep work with an unproblematic gameplay, good enough to while away an hour or so. It has a slight general adventuring frosting, which isn't necessarily needed and could be removed without anybody missing it, yet, on the other hand, it doesn't hamper the game, either.
-- Valentine Kopteltsev

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- Denk, April 23, 2016

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
What could be said?, March 10, 2016
I liked it. Now, I'm not one for writing reviews, but to simply put it is an amazing work of art. Far better then anything else written in this genre.

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A mid-length and mean-spirited comedy game about inheritance, February 3, 2016
In this mid-length parser game written entirely in Java, you are a petulant British man whose rich aunt is visiting, and you have to take a large number of actions to get her wealth. These include some pretty horrible actions, including killing off numerous people, but it's all presented as comedy.

The parser seemed pretty good. The writing was based a bit on Wodehouse's writing. The puzzles are a mixed bag, with a lot of guessing what the author was thinking; however, each area is so small so that you can just try everything and eventually get it right. The last half of the game involves visiting 8 time periods to obtain enough articles of clothing to enter a certain building.

The game is notable for a mysterious butler figure that attends you and acts at first as an automatic warning system, and then as a summonable help system. He is dry and witty. He was nominated for Best Individual NPC in the XYZZY's, and the game was nominated for Best NPC's.

- hoopla, September 19, 2015

- Joshua Houk, October 18, 2014

- DJ (Olalla, Washington), May 9, 2013

- Tortoiseshell Bat, March 18, 2013

- MKrone (Harsleben), October 31, 2012

- E.K., August 16, 2012

- Sam Kabo Ashwell (Seattle), April 4, 2012

- Justin Morgan, March 27, 2012

- neonlaurel (Vancouver/Houston), May 12, 2011

- Sneeze (Derby, UK), August 13, 2010

- Celestianpower (Gloucestershire, UK), July 25, 2010

- Grey (Italy), December 25, 2009

- JonathanCR, September 23, 2009

- googoogjoob, August 29, 2009

- Jerome C West (United Kingdom), March 18, 2009

- MyTheory (Missouri), February 14, 2009

- tylluan (Vermont), January 3, 2009

- ensoul, November 14, 2008

- Linnau (Tel-Aviv, Israel), October 31, 2008


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