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Fox, Fowl and Feed

by Chris Conroy

2007

(based on 9 ratings)
3 member reviews

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 30, 2007
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 3064
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-070927-5653
ZCODE-2-080121-D609
TUID: wcf4j7gwipv1cc0

Awards

16th Place - 13th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2007)

Editorial Reviews

Jörgs Wort[be]reich
Rezension zum IF-Comp 2007 (German)
Du arbeitest bei einem Lieferdienst und mußt drei Artikel über einen Fluß bringen. Dabei sind gewisse Regeln zu beachten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A little charm, but no ambition, November 17, 2007
This game is an expansion on the classic logic puzzle hinted at in the title, expanded with a few extra challenges along the way. Even with those additions, though, it offers only about fifteen minutes' worth of play, in an unambitious setting, without much by way of story or characterization. There are a few cute moments in the descriptions, and the narrative tone is good-humored and pleasant; but it's nothing very memorable either.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Amusing, but not exceptional, October 20, 2007
by Tracy Poff (Hamlin, West Virginia, United States)
Related reviews: IF Competition 2007
Fox, Fowl and Feed is an IF version of the classic puzzle: you have a fox, a duck, and some grain to transport across a river, but you may take only one in your boat at a time. Of course, the fox would like to eat the duck, and the duck would like to eat the grain, so you have to be clever about how you do it.

The solution to that puzzle is fairly simple and well-known, but, being IF, it isn't that easy. The game consists not of trying to discover that solution, but of trying to implement it. The fox and duck don't want to cooperate, and even the grain presents a problem.

The puzzles are sufficiently clued and their solutions make sense. Despite being pretty easy, they aren't dull, either. The mechanics worked as expected, although I did find it a little annoying getting in and out of the boat repeatedly; if I had one suggestion, it would be to make that step automatic.

This is a nice take on the classic puzzle: short, fun, and well-motivated. It isn't terribly deep, and the ending is only just satisfying, but for a short game, it's quite worthwhile.

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Nice but buggy, November 3, 2007
by Nusco (Bologna, Italy)
Related reviews: IF Competition 2007
I tend to like single-puzzle games, so I had high hopes for this one. The concept is very good: take a classic puzzle and twist it by making the standard solution impossible.

The game itself is a bit underimplemented, but the strong concept makes up for that in part. I had a good time playing it, but unfortunately I ended up winning easily because of a bug. I didn't even realize it was a bug, so I headed straight for the hints and ended up surprised and somewhat disappointed. Overall a nice effort, but wait for a post-comp release.


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