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Competition version.
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Inside the Facility

by Arthur DiBianca profile

2016

(based on 27 ratings)
5 member reviews

About the Story

Your friend Mike thinks no one can infiltrate THE FACILITY, but you're going to prove him wrong.

A light puzzle game. In the author's opinion, it's totally family-friendly.

(Make sure to look at the Facility Mapping Kit. It's not cheating -- it's intended for all players.)

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Inform
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: stsdri5zh7a4i5my

Awards

Nominee, Best Puzzles; Nominee, Best Individual Puzzle - 2016 XYZZY Awards

13th Place overall; 1st Place, Miss Congeniality Award - 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)

Editorial Reviews

The Breakfast Review
"Inside the Facility" is very much a game rather than a story, a puzzle to be figured out. And it's been pared way down so that the only commands you really need are the four cardinal directions and the ability to wait a turn. On the one hand, this severely limits your ability to interact with the world; on the other hand, this is a game and those are the rules, and it's really more a case of redefining the way the game is played. Not "less", just "different".
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Number of Reviews: 5
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Clever, funny, unashamed puzzler with reduced parser, November 16, 2016
by Robin Johnson (Edinburgh, Scotland)
The only commands this game accepts are NORTH, EAST, SOUTH, WEST, WAIT, LOOK and STATUS, with actions like picking things up and giving them to NPCs triggered automatically. This is surprisingly effective, and the game contains a variety of puzzles of different types: lock and key, darkness, bribery, manipulate the NPC, figure out the machine, navigation.

I was initially put off by the request to print off a map to fill in as you go, but found it added to the fun, like solving a crossword, and there are certainly puzzles that would have been both harder and less enjoyable without it.

The author knows how to use brevity of writing to good effect – with such a large map, longer descriptions would have made the game more tiring. But they managed to squeeze every drop of clarity and characterisation out of the one-sentence descriptions. Some characters made me laugh or feel sorry for them, and some I took an instant dislike to.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Completionists, beware!, August 7, 2017
by Cory Roush (Ohio)
Only kidding - completionists will probably love this game, unless they have something important to do and are on a strict deadline. In that case, put this game off until later.

The basic premise is that 130 rooms make up the Facility, and your job is to discover each and every one. At first it seems simple, until you run into the Facility's security clearance system, which only grants you access to new parts of the Facility once you've found a keycard of the corresponding color. From there, the game is a series of fetch quests and minor puzzles, but it's hilarious and cute and the characters, even though you can't interact with them outside of a very limited set of actions, are so endearing.

There's not a lot of story, at least not an overarching one. But about halfway through the game I realized that I didn't need a story, I was just eagerly waiting to fill in the next box on the paper map I was playing along with. (Don't skip out on that part - half the fun is in filling in the squares and eventually gazing down at a fully developed map.)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
My Welcome back to Interactive Fiction!, August 30, 2018
I used to play lot of this back in the late 90's and it had somehow fallen off my radar until I found an old "Z" game stored in a forgotten folder and that set me searching for any new games and I came across this. Loved this game - in particular the simplicity of the commands and the map which had me compulsively playing until every last square was filled in. This will definitely appeal to people that like order in their lives (or who are a bit challenged to remember where they they have been and where they are going) as filling in the map and being able to refer back to it to navigate was very satisfying. The puzzles are good, most I got but some I had to glance at the walk through to get a hint where to start. My only negative was that some puzzles seemed like the only way to solve them was random guesses and going around in circles until you struck lucky. The characters you meet along the way are interesting, worth waiting a while in some rooms to see what they will say. I also played "Wand" by the same author - but this was my favorite! ... for now anyway....

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