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A Day for Soft Food

by Tod Levi

Slice of life
1999

About the Story

"Ever since the provider's sickness began, he's been all hisses and growls. Even the slightest misstep seems to annoy him. Perhaps that's why your bowl has held nothing but hard food lately. And not much of that." [--blurb from Competition '99]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 607
IFID: ZCODE-1-990930-D20C
TUID: aktys788a52fac96

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
[...] there's lots of fun to be had here, and even though the puzzles shortchange the catty aspect of the game somewhat, the incidental details and fun stuff make up for it. There are various creative deaths to die, for one thing, and the variety and number of untimely ends you can suffer (the game occasionally warns you when an action would end the game prematurely, but usually doesn't prevent you from doing anything dumb) suggests the perverse curiosity of a real cat. [...] At its best moments, the game allows the player to recognize the significance of, say, the Provider's illness, even while the PC remains oblivious; the serene cluelessness of a cat is the main source of humor here.
-- Duncan Stevens
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>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

A disturbingly high percentage of the puzzles felt like members of the "guess-what-I'm-thinking" genre. I'm willing to concede that perhaps I wasn't in a properly feline state of mind for them, and certainly I'll admit that I'm not the world's greatest puzzle solver, but I don't think that's sufficient to explain the problem. I think they're just way too hard, and that the writing isn't specific enough to give the player all the nudges necessary to solve them. It's a good lesson in puzzle design though -- if lots of players experience the same frustration I did, Soft Food will give designers an example of what to avoid in gonzo puzzle-crafting. I may even be able to use the lesson myself. See, I have a great idea for the 2000 comp: you play this pet goldfish...
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  v.5: 17-Apr-2013 08:04 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.4: 14-May-2008 00:23 - Emily Short
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v.3: 01-May-2008 15:57 - Paul O'Brian
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v.2: 27-Feb-2008 21:30 - David Welbourn
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:48 - IFDB
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