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Jigsaw

by Graham Nelson

Time Travel/Historical/Romance
1995

About the Story

New Year's Eve, 1999, a quarter to midnight and where else to be but Century Park! Fireworks cascade across the sky, your stomach rumbles uneasily, music and lasers howl across the parkland... Not exactly your ideal party (especially as that rather attractive stranger in black has slipped back into the crowds) - but cheer up, you won't live to see the next.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: release 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
Baf's Guide ID: 117
IFID: ZCODE-3-951129-95AE
TUID: 28uhmejlntcbccqm

Off-Site Reviews

Xyzzy News
Structurally, the game is laid out into sixteen sections. Finishing one chapter provides the means to enter the next. The mostly linear progression helps preserve the illusion of a story in progress, instead of being a jumbled collection of get-the-bird-scare-the-snake hoops through which to jump.

The puzzles themselves are challenging without being insurmountable; players looking primarily for mind-bogglers will probably be disappointed, at least in the earlier chapters. Some of them rely on the player looking in just the right place for an item. Most are logical and straightforward, even if the right answer is not obvious. It's also very interesting to play through a puzzle or an NPC interaction more than once, trying different things, to see wildly different results.
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SynTax
It's certainly a vast, interesting, well-written game, but is it really enjoyable? Dunno. [...] To sum up, I suppose for me Jigsaw's attempt to be different is its downfall - its seriousness and sombre mood means there are no light touches, and even a few attempts at humour provide only a brief interruption to the overall feeling of worry about what mess will be waiting to be cleared up in the next zone, after Black has done his/her usual meddling.
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SPAG
[Reviews by Christopher E. Forman, Adam J. Thornton and Gareth Rees]
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  v.6: 21-Feb-2014 11:58 - OtisTDog (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.5: 17-Mar-2013 12:40 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 03-Mar-2013 10:31 - Edward Lacey
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v.3: 11-Mar-2008 15:41 - David Welbourn
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v.2: 18-Feb-2008 23:48 - Emily Short
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v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:48 - IFDB
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