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Junior Arithmancer

by Mike Spivey profile

2018

About the Story

A one-to-many-room puzzler.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: CF619423-EEC7-4E83-8C66-AE7182D55C89
TUID: pw1rbjt1t4n4n87s

Off-Site Reviews

The Breakfast Review
On the whole, a lot of fun for anyone who's into purely cerebral manipulation puzzles.
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McT's Interactive Fiction Reviews

It is one of those games that if you like this sort of thing, then this is a thing you will really like. The puzzle mechanism is exceptionally well implemented, the narrative might be thin, but it does succeed in adding character to the game. To me, the puzzles felt hard but fair.
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The Good Old Days

Anyone who has done some serious maths will tell you that it can be quite magical. Even with the most basic of operations you can do some impressive tricks with astonishing results. It is that feeling of wonder you get, when you finish a long set of calculations that end up with surprising – simple but true – answers which makes people love mathematics. Just think of the flow of solving a problem, that single moment when everything fits together and you see all the connections, and you might know what I mean. And this magic moments is exactly what Junior Arithmancer is all about.
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These Heterogenous Tasks
This is a game for people who like to do maths puzzles for fun, with a thin veneer of Zorkian narrative. The presentation is clean and clear – the narrative veneer does a good job of explaining how the puzzle format works in-game and the mechanical progression eases you into it... But it’s very clearly a game where the principal reward for solving a maths puzzle is another, harder maths puzzle, and I only really enjoy puzzles when they have substantially more narrative integration than this.
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IFComprehensive

The game is really about abstract number puzzles, or even computer science and programming puzzles, rather than mathematics per se. Despite its similarities to ABCA, it reminds me of programming games like “Robot Odyssey.” It’s also one that rewards creativity in thinking about and exploiting its mechanics, which is a great feature in a puzzle game.
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Portage Magazine
Junior Arithmancer gracefully combines storytelling and puzzle-solving in a way that few other games manage to. At the same time, you’ll feel both like a novice student and a master mathematician. All this is achieved through innovative puzzle-solving that requires you to look at the solution from a different angle. Sometimes the solution may be right in front of your face, and other times you may have to come back later once you have the correct spell, but any way you go about it, the solution will always be immensely satisfying.
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