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Cheater

by Wesley Osam

Science Fiction/Joke/Surreal
1996

(based on 8 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

"A small game; the only way to win is to literally cheat. Might be difficult for players who aren't familiar with the Inform language debugging verbs." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 42
IFID: ZCODE-1-960920-975E
TUID: i9n10ur9c7vrpas6

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Baf's Guide


In this devious bit of metacontextualism, you have to retrieve a toaster from a tall pillar in a cave. A tiny game, reminiscent of Undo, with only one real puzzle. Wesley Osam, you are a cruel and twisted man.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

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Like it or not, January 23, 2014
by Simon Deimel (Germany)
The idea of CHEATER is not new, but surely interesting; it is a big advantage if you tried to program with Inform yourself. It is not difficult once you find out the principles.
It is a very short game. I played around a bit until I found the solution, and unfortunately, despite its shortness, there were some inaccuracies.
(Spoiler - click to show)The pillar that supports the cave can be taken in a normal way. Meh. The pedestal can be purloined and will still be mentioned in the room description -- and the toaster, resting on it, will still be present in the room, maybe hovering in the air. Meh.
These things are a little shoddy and could have easily been detected with a little testing (Spoiler - click to show)(applying the commands that are required for the solution to other possible objects). Nevertheless we must honor that it is the authors first game and it is finishable. I recommend it to people who like to think outside the box.

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Cute, May 21, 2010
by tggdan3 (Michigan)
This was kind of a cute game. You are a cheater as a character, so as a player you cheat too, you use (Spoiler - click to show) use the debugging commands to get through the game .

Not really worth a lot of playing, and if you don't really program with Inform you won't get very far.

Still, it was a cute idea, and one of the better joke entries I've seen.

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