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Sylenius Mysterium

by C. E. Forman

Screen
1997

About the Story

You are Sylenius Mysterium, video game player par excellence. At a mall, you discover a long-lost arcade game, and excitedly start to play. But nothing could have prepared you for what happens...
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 325
IFID: ZCODE-1-970928-1AD0
TUID: gs1cucq97y4hefkz

Off-Site Reviews

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

It seems to me that text is good at certain things and so is graphics, and to make a text version of Pitfall makes about as much sense as a joystick-and-fire-button version of A Mind Forever Voyaging. It's great to know that the z-machine has realtime capabilities to produce a text arcade game, but surely those capabilities can be put to better use.

SM does have a prologue which operates in a traditional text adventure mode, and this section of the game is quite well-done, with the exception of a number of problematic bugs. The game does a very nice job of defining an engaging and convincing setting and characters, as well as creating a sense of nostalgia for the old gaming consoles. The Atari system was my first introduction to videogames that could be played at home, and I have many fond memories of days spent at friends' houses playing Missile Command or Donkey Kong or Pitfall. In fact, the game evoked nostalgia so well that my disappointment was all the sharper when I realized that its "arcade" section was nothing more than realtime text.
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  v.3: 15-May-2008 11:22 - Paul O'Brian (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.2: 11-Mar-2008 22:44 - David Welbourn
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:48 - IFDB
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