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Being Andrew Plotkin

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Screen/Satire
2000

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- shornet (Bucharest), April 26, 2017

- Sobol (Russia), January 5, 2017

- E. W. B., March 9, 2016

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A comedy game with intense chase scenes and romance, February 3, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour
I have never seen Being John Malkovich, but this game is loosely based on it. In this game, you gain access to Andrew Plotkin (a.k.a. Zarf), author of games such as Shade, So Far, Spider and Web, and a million others. You play several characters, including Zarf and a couple of young lovebirds.

The game is relatively short, taking less than an hour. The humor is mostly absurd humor, with numerous references to Zarf's fiction. I had only played a few games at the time; it is probably worth it to work through a lot of Plotkin's games (like So Far and A Change in the Weather) before playing this game, or afterwards. Unfortunately, these games are extremely hard, so if you're not a puzzle fiend, consider a walkthrough.

Great writing, mostly good puzzles, and a fun setting. I recommend it for everyone.

- Aryore, December 13, 2015

- Ivanr, October 13, 2015

- Pegbiter (Malmö, Sweden), June 16, 2015

- scottmbruner (alameda, california), May 22, 2015

- Shchekotiki, April 14, 2015

- CMG (NYC), April 7, 2015

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- Lorxus, March 10, 2014

- KidRisky (Connecticut, USA), December 19, 2013

- John Simon (London), November 1, 2013

- Jim Kaplan (Jim Kaplan has a room called the location. The location of Jim Kaplan is variable.), June 20, 2013

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

- Floating Info, April 3, 2013

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

I was the perfect audience for this game, or near-perfect anyway. I've seen and enjoyed Being John Malkovich, the film by Spike Jonze. I've hung around the IF scene for a long time. I've played every Plotkin game, even Inhumane. I've also played every Infocom game, which turns out to be helpful as well. Even with all that, I'm not sure I caught every reference (especially given the prodigious list of such references provided by the author in the endnotes), but I think I caught a lot of them. Consequently, I'm not sure how somebody who doesn't fulfill some or all of the above criteria would react to BAP, but I can tell you this: I thought it was a delight.

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