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Back To Life... Unfortunately

by David Whyld profile

Part of Back To Life series
Humor
2004

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(based on 7 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

An ancient king is resurrected by his adoring populace... much to his dismay as he kind of liked being dead - lots of time to think, put your feet up and, best of all, no work. But now he's back, he's expected to do the job of ruling an empire which stretches across half the globe and is constantly at war with everyone. Time, he decides, he died again...

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: ADRIFT
Baf's Guide ID: 2694
IFID: ADRIFT-400-C0C8A5284593FB1A934120F87482205B
TUID: 795lj4v4c21r3vq2

Editorial Reviews

IF-Review
Now Play Dead and Roll Over...
And so 'Back to Life... Unfortunately' with its amusing twist on a morbid subject ends up being a short, entertaining bit of fluff, ultimately not particularly memorable beyond its premise, but worth the download and the time spent playing it. (Charon)
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Delron Review Compilation
Rest In Not-Quite-Peace
The game starts off well. You are a dead king who has been resurrected seven years later because your people need you to rules them. What of your heir? He's got bowel trouble and just can't seem to help out. Well, you're not going to sit around and live while you're...well, alive! Thus begins the odd quest of killing yourself until the job is done right...permanently.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Great idea, but it doesn't deliver, September 2, 2008
by Maze (Rome, Italy)
In this game you are a king (somewhere and somewhen). You are brought back to life because your heir - your son - is behaving like a kiddo, and the High Councelor wants your help against empire threats. Don't worry about the empire threats though, because your only mission will be to drop dead again, hopefully forever. That is: you gotta suicide, baby.
The suicide idea is great (though I admit that I was quite disappointed, because I was thinking to develop a game about the same basic idea, and now I can't anymore because this has already been done - sigh ;-P). Anyway, with suicide in mind, "Back to Life..." should be a fun game indeed, developed in very few rooms. But, sadly, it doesn't deliver. The writing is funny only for the first minutes, than it flattens out.
The puzzles too, have many nice ideas (and nice ways for being carried out), but them too, they don't deliver. There's too much "guess the word" for such a brief game. And some badly implemented puzzle.

In the end, ok, this game is not THAT good. But you might have fun playing it for awhile. And, given it's briefness, you'll get the initial fun.

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Well worth a revival, November 10, 2007
by Ken Franklin (England)
This is my favourite of all the games that David Whyld has written. It is very silly as you are revived against your wishes and unable to get back to your well earned and peaceful death.

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