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by Andrew D. Pontious

Slice of life

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- davidar, November 10, 2018

- AKheon (Finland), September 21, 2018

- yaronra, July 16, 2018

- Danielle (The Wild West), June 14, 2018

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Totally brilliant., June 12, 2018
I'm the person who wrote the true and proper walkthrough. I solved it on my own, though it took a couple hours.

Some people have mentioned that the puzzle seems to fight against the story. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The game is very good at making you, the player, go through what the character would be feeling, if this event was real for them. The horror at the accident, the despair that there seems to be no way to save you, Nick and Ines. The frustration at the trap you have found yourself in, the eventual detachment required to actually work out the solution, and the great satisfaction when you finally manage to break the cycle.

If you haven't played it, do so. I highly recommend not reading the walkthrough. The puzzle is 100% solvable with observation and exploration. (Spoiler - click to show)First you must escape the trap of thinking all you need to know is visible before you type your first command. Having done that, you may then escape the actual trap in the game.

- Spike, June 8, 2018

- DustyCypress (Hong Kong), May 19, 2018

- Jan Strach, April 19, 2018

- jakomo, September 21, 2017

- sushabye, September 2, 2017

- doodlelogic, July 17, 2017

- Kyriakos Sgarbas (Hellas (Greece)), May 25, 2017

- ikdc, January 31, 2017

- jeffhos, October 13, 2016

- NinaS, July 3, 2016

- Brendan Patrick Hennessy (Toronto, Ontario), May 16, 2016

- PVince81 (Germany), May 8, 2016

- Rollersnake (Rogers, AR), May 1, 2016

- E. W. B., February 23, 2016

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A one-room, one-action game with more than meets the eye, February 3, 2016
I had heard of this game years before I played it. I didn't have a TADS interpreter, and I was only using mobile, so I just read the walkthrough and felt I understood the game.

So when I finally got an interpreter and played the game, I was in the odd position of having known the solution for years but not knowing the game.

The game is much more than its solution.

The variety in the game comes from two sources: the players choice of actions, and a surprising variety of random "reshuffling" of the environment with every restart.

The environmental cues make the games complicated parser much easier to understand. The NPC's will say "so and so said ....", which tells you things you can say, and so on. You discover new characters as you try different directions and options. There is a lot to discover, if you don't focus on just playing the game. There is also a large "amusing" list at the end.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Reset, retry, repeat, September 5, 2015
I didn't mind the red herrings or the guesswork, but the solution (though sufficiently-clued) is contrived and relies more on inferring the author's weird rules than sensible problem-solving. Certain actions (such as ones involving violence) have unrealistically mild or useless results, and other actions that seem like easy solutions are disallowed for no good reason. I don't mind solving a puzzle for its own sake, but I'd prefer one with a consistent tone and an interesting setting. The grim premise made me expect something much darker, but it ends up being a mismatch against the goofiness of the solution. The title is also wasted--the competition in question is really just another red herring. Complaints aside, the author did succeed in designing a challenging one-turn puzzle, so I have to give credit for competent novelty.

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- Matthew Darby (London, United Kingdom), September 20, 2014

- shornet (Bucharest), March 23, 2014

- Katrisa (Houston), October 25, 2013

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