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Babel

by Ian Finley

Mystery/Science Fiction
1997

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- karlnp (Vancouver, BC), August 22, 2017

- Cory Roush (Ohio), June 21, 2017

- Audiart (Davis, CA), February 26, 2017

- ikdc, February 6, 2017

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Horror story with a sense of urgency and gripping writing, January 17, 2017
by streever (America)
Babel was ahead of its time in 1997, but this work still stands out a decade later.

The prose is crisp and the characters feel authentic and real. The storyline is riddled with tropes and genre conventions--it begins with amnesia--feels compelling and real. Puzzle design aids the writing; puzzles feel believable and natural in the world the author has created.

Most importantly for horror, the horror feels real, too; I had a sense of danger to the protagonist, and a desire to lead him as safely out as I could. The storyline unfolds in a satisfying way, with twists that are never obvious but are predictable for a careful or imaginative reader.

This is a fairly long work that makes extensive use of backstory, but I played it in one setting, unable to stop reading along. With its fair puzzle design, well-written characters, and compelling story, it's a good example of modern IF design, and a highly accessible classic work for people new to Interactive Fiction.

- finnn62, December 13, 2016

- matt_jp (Boston, MA), August 29, 2016

- insufficient data, July 11, 2016

- Denk, May 31, 2016

- Khalisar (Italy), May 30, 2016

- E. W. B., March 2, 2016

- Mergath, February 26, 2016

- IFforL2 (East Asia), January 29, 2016

- namekuseijin (anywhere but home), January 12, 2016

- arnoud999, August 11, 2015

- electromancer, July 19, 2015

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Perfectly-paced science fiction game, July 1, 2015
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours
Having recently downloaded a TADS interpreter for the first time, I decided to try out the most popular games. This was the highest on the list. In this game, you play as an amnesiac in a frozen underground base.

While this game had above-average plot, puzzles, and writing, it really shines in its pacing. From the very beginning, the game gave an impression of vast complexity (three bulkheads with three very different locks), but it always left you with a couple of new things to try. Every time, the couple of new things led to another part of the game, and so on. The game is, in fact, complex (look at the map!), but it's arranged so neatly that I never needed to use the map.

Very few games have the great feel that this gives you. I completed it in less than 2 hours.

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