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Castle Amnos

by John Evans

Fantasy
2000

(based on 2 ratings)
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About the Story

""crux ('kr&ks, 'kruks)
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin cruc-, crux cross, torture
1 : a puzzling or difficult problem : an unsolved question
2 : an essential point requiring resolution or resolving an outcome <the crux of the problem>
3 : a main or central feature (as of an argument)"

--From the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster 2000" [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 1119
IFID: ZCODE-1-000930-B40D
TUID: vpr35s61mn0ds00z

Awards

30th Place - 6th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2000)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


Fantasy quest inside a castle. The contents of the castle are wildly diverse in the manner of very early fantasy quests, so the atmosphere suffers a bit. Reasonably solid, technically, but suffers from some poor game design choices, including a large and frustrating maze and a randomized elevator. There are some good large-scale puzzles, and the writing and overall plot are quite strong, but the game design makes things more difficult than they should be.

-- Duncan Stevens

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

All this is not to say that it's a bad game. It is implemented minimally, but competently. I don't think I found any major bugs, though the game's fascination with non-standard geography and randomness sometimes made it difficult to tell what was a bug and what wasn't. The prose, like the code, is sparse but error-free. Perhaps, if I was able to play it all the way through, I'd even think that Amnos is a really good game, or at least a draft of something on the way to becoming a really good game. With what I was able to see, though, all I was able to tell was that its entry as a competition game impaired my ability to enjoy it.
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SynTax
It is an open-ended fantasy game which gives you the opportunity to take multiple paths to find multiple endings.
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