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About the StoryYou're flying a rocket up three miles into the air. Since fuel is very expensive, and you're on a budget, you've
ordered only the exact amount you'll need for the ascent...
6th Place - InsideADRIFT Summer Competition 2010
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The descriptions were somewhat brief and simplistic - would have liked to see more 'Adventure' to the game. That said, making the ASCII images stay in the correct layout took some skill and patience on the part of Abbi Park.
'Rich guy controlling expensive machines' may not be much of a plot, but what was there was serviceable enough and obviously wasn't the point anyway. The technical aspects and gameplay were seamless in my playthrough, and really, the only complaint I have is that it was way too short.
It took me a few tries to get the rocket high enough in the first segment, but the other two I just breezed right through. Maybe the point IS just to be a fun, awesome little toy, but I felt like either more levels, or greater challenge in the levels that existed would have made it seem more like a fun, awesome, sizable game. (And can we get some old-school little bleeps and blips and crashy noises in there, please? This is the first IF game I've ever played where I felt like it actually NEEDED sound.)
The game is divided into three parts, or tasks: (i) launch the rocket, (ii) land the rocket, (iii) return the rocket. It is a quick game, but itís fun while it lasts. Thereís not a lot to say about replayability though. Once I beat itÖI didnít feel like there was anything else left to do. It is true that the replayability factor doesnít matter so much for modern IF (most people put games away the instant they beat them), but considering how short the game is, and itís arcade-like action, you would think there would be some kind of replay value to it.
Also, it is an experimental game but it is not really experimental IF. I thought it was fun, but it was more of a showcase of what can be done through a text adventureís parser than a substantive adventure. I suspect it was intended to be the former rather than the latter. With that in mind, I say ďpretty good,Ē but I also say, ďI donít see how I can judge this alongside other adventures.Ē So, if you want a quick, fun game to play: you got it. But if you want an actual adventure, look elsewhere. (For what itís worth, Iím impressed by how the thing works; itís surprising something like this could be made, or that anyone would have the patience to make it.)
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