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To Otherwhere and Back

by Greg Ewing

Surreal
2001

(based on 2 ratings)
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About the Story

"This was originally going to be an entry in Emily Short's Walkthrough Competition, but I didn't quite get it finished in time. Rather than let all the work go to waste, I decided to resubmit it here. So, keep in mind that it's *meant* to be played in conjunction with the accompanying walkthrough file. If you want a challenge, you could try playing it without, but if you get stuck, consulting the walkthrough is not considered cheating!

That's not to say you have to stick to the walkthrough, though -- if you do, you'll miss a lot of background. So feel free to look around and experiment along the way. Have fun!" [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Alan 2
Baf's Guide ID: 1651
IFID: ALAN-704EF5D960A8E0FF65F8ADD1ED639A32
TUID: cbesz0xvi20n6w38

Awards

28th Place - 7th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2001)

Editorial Reviews

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

Overall, I enjoyed TOAB, and while the fiction element of it wasn't so great, its interactivity techniques got me thinking.
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A jumbled IFComp game that was a late Walkthrough Comp entry, July 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour
WalkthroughComp was done by Emily Short, where she wrote out a telegram of a bizarre walkthrough for a nonexistent game, and then you were to write that game.

This game is one of the biggest responses to that; however, it's too big. The game is full of text dumps, and the environment (inside a VR machine) just veers wildly from genre to genre and location to location.

It must have taken a lot of effort, but it needed more coherence, I think.

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