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Goose, Egg, Badger

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Wordplay
2004

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- hoopla, December 20, 2017

A unique take on wordplay and hidden features, February 3, 2016

Goose, Egg, Badger is a charming mid-sized game about fixing things on your exotic animal farm after an intruder enters your farm. You are Hope Lee, a farmer/repairer/etc., and you have to put your badger, ape, yak, and duck back in their pens while cleaning up your house.

The puzzles are a bit spotty, as the actions you have to perform are often unmotivated, or require you to try something out on every animal before discovering the right combination.

Now, below all of this is another layer, an entirely different game. This extra layer was inspired by a quote from an imaginary review from an earlier competition: (Spoiler - click to show)“I
didn’t even notice that every noun was also a verb until my second time
through.”


The author took this quote and ran with it, and it is possible to complete the entire game using only such commands. This is clever, and very fun to play with.

Recommended for fans of goofy slice-of-life or wordplay.

- Indigo9182, September 4, 2015

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- DustyCypress (Hong Kong), March 8, 2015

- CMG (NYC), January 15, 2015

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Play, process, praise, January 9, 2015
by Andrew Schultz (Chicago)
This is the sort of game where I scream out "I want more games like this!" though I'd have absolutely no way to tell people how to go about writing them. It has the abstract puzzle-solving, but nothing too hard, and it has some puzzles you've roughly seen before, but nothing like the infamous 5- and 3- gallon jugs and needing 4 gallons, or whatever.

And some of the puzzles left me reaching for the hints even on replay a few months later, but it was more to see what happens next than to get on with it. It's a cheery and funny little farm game with a lot of harmless humor and down-to-earth writing.

Only it isn't quite. There's a bit more, and once I saw the alternate way through, yes, it's very clever, and I appreciated the twist once I saw it. The only problem is, I wasn't able to figure that out for myself.

The HINT (object) usage is very nice and forward-looking, and it's quite possible this game inspired me to use it in two of my own games. It's appreciated, at any rate, to keep immersion, and given how long ago this was written, the author deserves commendation.

Goose Egg Badger is a very good game that doesn't bring up philosophical discussion of What Interatcive Fiction Is, and that's just fine by me. It executes its own ideas faithfully and certainly left me smiling and wishing I could find a similar hook and share/execute it as well.

- Joshua Houk, October 18, 2014

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

Best of all, though, is the extremely clever conceptual gimmick at the heart of the game. It was subtle enough that I got through and enjoyed the whole game without recognizing it, but interesting enough that once I figured it out, it opened up new vistas for me. I definitely recommend playing this game, and I recommend not typing SECRETS until you've played through once. Then play it again -- if you're like me, you'll be too entertained not to.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
An ingenious word adventure., February 2, 2011
I had a BLAST with this game. It was one of the few IF games I've played that actually made me laugh aloud. The writing is clever and there are many responses built into the game, so it makes experimentation fun. It's difficult to describe this game without giving anything away, so I'll just say this: For anyone loves clever wordplay, this game is a treat. Huge kudos to the author for this engaging and satisfying game!

- Sorrel, August 4, 2010

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- Matt Poush (Des Moines, Iowa), January 11, 2008

- ErWenn (Bloomington, IN), November 18, 2007

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
The language barrier, October 31, 2007
by Nusco (Bologna, Italy)
Related reviews: IF Competition 2004
A girl must deal with the daily grind of her own private zoo. Very confusing. It's actually a clever joke, but I couldn't get it until I read the walkthrough. Native English speakers will probably appreciate it.

- Quintin Stone (NC), October 23, 2007


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