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1-2-3...

by Chris Mudd

Horror
2000

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 1130
IFID: ZCODE-1-000929-BD2F
TUID: daml3hg52l0ibym0

Off-Site Reviews

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

[Y]ou have a couple of NPCs, both of whom must be ASKed ABOUT three magic topics each before the game will continue. These NPCs are so minimally implemented (as is pretty much everything in the game) that they only answer to those three topics -- all others will provoke one of three random default responses. As if this extremely minimalist implementation didn't make guessing the noun difficult enough, the topics you're expected to type in sometimes verge on the ridiculous. If a character doesn't respond to ASK HIM ABOUT ADVICE, why would I expect him to respond to ASK HIM ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD DO? Of course, the game gives me an unsubtle shove in the right direction by having the character say, "Do you want to know what I would do?" But this is a pretty desultory form of interactivity. The game may as well just tell you what your next command should be, since it has no plans to respond to anything else anyway. If you think that's interactivity, you probably also think ventriloquists' dummies come up with their own punch lines.
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SPAG

[...] I really do enjoy serial killer stories, and really think that this game has potential. With some reworking of the conversational style, a bit more depth to the world and the people, and perhaps a slightly longer path to the solution, I think it could have been a solid game. Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but then, what is?
-- Tina Sikorski
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SynTax
I played it from the solution as I had no incentive to try to find out the correct questions to ask, but in a weird sort of way I liked it and found it to be a compelling story.
-- Dorothy Millard
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Page Update History

  v.4: 23-Mar-2013 07:26 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.3: 23-Mar-2013 07:24 - Edward Lacey
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v.2: 30-Apr-2008 11:24 - Paul O'Brian
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:48 - IFDB
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