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My Mind's Mishmash, by Robert Street

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
An interesting premise, but let down by technical problems, November 26, 2007
by Kake (London, England)
Related reviews: **, Robert Street, IF Competition 2007, didn't finish
Although there are some very good ideas behind this game, it had far too many technical issues for me to continue playing it.

First of all, I was put off by the quality of the writing. I haven't seen any other reviewers bringing this up and one or two have actually said they thought the prose was good! So maybe my standards are too high, but I felt the writing was stilted, unpolished, and entirely lacking in any kind of style. (I did actually wonder whether it had been written by a precocious child or a very young teenager, but apparently the author is in his mid-twenties.)

Mainly, though, I didn't get very far through because I gave up in disgust when I discovered (from the walkthrough) that something the parser had been refusing to let me interact with or even look at was in fact vital to further progress. This wasn't an isolated problem, just the most egregious example. I'm not going to spend time playing a game that I can't trust to be fair with me.

Muse: An Autumn Romance, by Christopher Huang

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Still stuck on this one. I think., November 10, 2007
by Kake (London, England)
Related reviews: Christopher Huang, ***, didn't finish
I've had a few goes at this game now, and although I've managed to reach a couple of unsatisfactory endings, I've not yet been able to complete the storyline I'm aiming at. It's not as though I'm obviously in a failure situation, either; I'm just stuck at a point where nothing I do seems to progress the story. So I can't really write a proper review. Also, I occasionally found myself guessing at the correct syntax, something that shouldn't really be necessary in a well-tested game.

I do want to say that I like the way you can ask characters about other characters (and indeed themselves), and I like the way the story's told in the past tense.

The Last Laugh, by David Cornelson

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Confusing and typo-ridden, November 10, 2007
by Kake (London, England)
Related reviews: David Cornelson, *, didn't finish
Full of typos, and I couldn't figure out what I was meant to do. Also, the parser was constantly getting the cigar and the cigar case mixed up, for example:

>drop cigar
Which do you mean, the cigar or the cigar case?

>cigar
Which do you mean, the cigar or the cigar case?

>cigar
Which do you mean, the cigar or the cigar case?


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