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zeroWin95.zip *
Windows Application
Mac OS Application (Compressed with StuffIt, encoded in BinHex format. Free StuffIt Expanders are available for most systems at www.stuffit.com.)
zeroDOS.zip *
MS-DOS Application
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 2 Interpreter - visit tads.org for interpreter downloads.
original competition entry
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 2 Interpreter - visit tads.org for interpreter downloads.
Hints for Release 2
Hints for Release 1
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Zero Sum Game

by Cody Sandifer


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 312
IFIDs:  TADS2-DE35C1D8D950578D67131B997FF0C839
TUID: nzydrfu1rl2qkuop

Off-Site Reviews

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

To give it its due, the game does have a clever premise, a promising start, and some good puzzles. Some of these puzzles have no particular moral bent, but are cleverly designed (getting the scroll, getting the key). Others in fact do have the particular ethical direction of reversing wrongs: you give the candy back to the baby, for example. That's why it left such a bad taste in my mouth to learn that other puzzles required coldly slaughtering your friends for the sake of a few points... After that point, I detached from the game, using the walkthrough to see the whole thing and make notes for this review. It didn't get better. Zero Sum Game's gimmick is one that works best the first time it is used -- too bad this game did such a poor job of using it.
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Genuinely Funny Send-up of an Adventure Game
Your mission: you have completed an average hack-and-slash adventure game, but when you come home, your mother sends you out to undo everything you've done. The goal is therefore to lose all 75 points you have at the start of the game, by unslaying a dragon, giving back treasures, and making good all your dirty deeds. That you frequently have to do more dirty deeds along the way is, of course, part of the humor. (Duncan Stevens)
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Puzzles range from the fairly obvious to difficult and a good sense of timing is required at two points in the game, so regular saving is required although once you find out how events run their course you won't need to worry. (John Ferris)

The whole game is liberally sprinkled with marvellous characters, who can be interacted with and talked to and questioned, and almost everything you do and say in anyone's presence elicits a funny response. (Bev Truter)
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Page Update History

  v.5: 18-Mar-2013 06:18 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.4: 11-Jun-2010 13:24 - Ghalev
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v.3: 11-Jun-2010 13:23 - Ghalev
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v.2: 16-May-2008 11:04 - Paul O'Brian
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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