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Porter Cave Adventure

by Cam Miller

Educational
2019

(based on 6 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

A text adventure about history and game design.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: April 4, 2019
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Inform
IFID: Unknown
TUID: abu3zwkz390pguau

Awards

Audience Choice--Best History Lesson, Most Educational, Main Festival - Spring Thing 2019

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A game designed to explore academic writing concepts in game form, April 19, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes
This game was designed as part of a class in game history. It's one of the most successful games I've seen done as part of a course, since most such games are very timid in their scope. This one is decently-sized.

The author decided to feature game history and critique heavily. Something happens in the game, and then you get a quote relevant to what you just experienced.

I found that an enjoyable premise. It did suffer from implementation issues, which are the bugbear of parser games in general. For instance, there is a telephone which cannot be referred to at at all.

Overall, it's a valuable addition to the niche of 'games about games'.

Not really a game, May 13, 2019
by Stian
Related reviews: Spring Thing 2019
This felt less as a game, and more like a pedagogical exercise. The way through it is linear and underway, the player is met with quotes relevant to game theory that shines light on the purpose of what they are doing or just did. As such, there are no real puzzles here, though Iím sure many will appreciate the IF meta-perspectives laid out in this manner.

The mechanics were a bit too unpolished for my taste. Most things listed cannot be examined, and some of the verbs needed to advance were impossible for me to guess. However, in this case, using the walkthrough didnít really spoil anything.

Porter Cave Adventure is a neat way of explaining game concepts, but donít expect an immersive game experience.

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