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cove.z5
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For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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The Cove

by Kathleen M. Fischer

Romance/Slice of life
2000

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: release 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 434
IFIDs:  ZCODE-3-000525-D4AE
ZCODE-1-000322-42B6
TUID: pk89q1m7lrz7mg73

Off-Site Reviews

SPAG
The Cove won Best Landscape in Marnie Parker's Art Show in the spring of 2000, and the landscape really does take center stage: there are only a few locations, but all of them are packed with things to experience. In fact, your score increases not with problems solved, but with things seen (or heard, or smelled, or felt), though exactly which ones give you a point and which don't feels rather arbitrary. Interestingly, much of the interaction is purely sensory--there aren't many objects to manipulate, and you can't really affect your surroundings much, though you can certainly be affected by them. The scene itself--a seaside cliff, a beach, a cave--is familiar, but there are enough unexpected elements--a sea lion, an otter, tidal pools--to make it feel fresh, and the game oozes attention to detail. [...]

Unfortunately, the landscape isn't the only thing here; there's a plot of sorts involving a dead lover and a pressured marriage and such that owes much to cliché and adds very little to the game.

-- Duncan Stevens
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  v.5: 20-Jun-2015 01:51 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.4: 17-Apr-2013 05:21 - Edward Lacey
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v.3: 29-Apr-2009 19:22 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.2: 11-May-2008 19:01 - Emily Short
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:49 - IFDB
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