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The Act of Misdirection

by Callico Harrison

Fantasy/Historical/Horror
2004

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- kierlani, April 2, 2020

- elias67, October 25, 2019

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Play Act I!, July 17, 2018
by f-a
The first Act is marvelous and exquisitely crafted: perfect specimen of a "restricted choice" IF where the player still feels in control. Excellent experience and (for me) a pinnacle in its genre.

The remaining adventure (Act II and III) are less interesting/funny, but worth playing with a walkthrough.

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A Work of Art, July 16, 2018
by Whystler
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This game is a work of art, and as such, it takes a mind which can wander and forgive the mechanical quirks. It deserves a 5 as a work of fiction, but because of certain stumbles in mechanical planning that made some transitions awkward, I had to knock it down to 4 for IF. If you have an open mind to these things and persevere for a great story, then please, entertain yourself, and spend time savouring this delicacy.

- Stas, March 31, 2018

- C. W. Gray , February 18, 2018

- lkdc, December 2, 2017

- Wanderlust, August 3, 2017

- gilhova, July 26, 2017

- KGH (North Carolina), September 15, 2016

- NJ (Ontario), June 11, 2016

- Harry Coburn (Atlanta, GA), February 24, 2016

Unique and 'magical' opening, well-implemented but standard middle and finale, February 3, 2016

This game is set in old London. The first act is amazing; you play a magician in the middle of an act. The level of detail in the opening is astonishing, and is a must-play for every IF fan.

Sadly, the game goes downhill from there. It is still a very good game, but nothing can compare to the opening. You spend the rest of the game trying to understand more of your background and visiting various mundane or mysterious locales.

The game takes less than an hour to play. Some of the puzzles are very hard, and getting the 'best' solution requires that you bring some objects with you from one area to another, with no chance to backtrack if you missed them.

- Aryore, December 13, 2015

- Ivanr, October 13, 2015

- hoopla, September 16, 2015

- CMG (NYC), September 15, 2015

- Indigo9182, June 7, 2015

- Lanternpaw, May 16, 2015

- dosgamer, April 12, 2015

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- cabalia (Ohio), March 2, 2015

- shornet (Bucharest), March 23, 2014

- bluevelvetwings, January 7, 2014

- KidRisky (Connecticut, USA), December 19, 2013


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