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Trapped in Time

by Simon Christiansen profile

Science Fiction

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(based on 22 ratings)
3 member reviews

About the Story

A Science Fiction adventure where YOU are the hero!

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 29, 2013
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: None
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: Unknown
TUID: juj5b61griyoswn2


11th Place - 19th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2013)

Nominee, Best Novella - 2013 Niels Klim Awards

Winner, Best Implementation; Nominee, Best Use of Innovation - 2013 XYZZY Awards


Available in print December 27, 2013
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Pleasantly surprising (5 Stars), November 11, 2013
by Mrs. Info-adventurer (The world)
Related reviews: If Comp 2013
I have to say, this game surprised me.

When I began to play Trapped in Time, my first thought was, "What is this? This isn't interactive fiction!" The game, in itself, looks more like a stylized Choose Your Own Adventure book than a text adventure game. Once I got into the swing of things, I realized how well this format works for this game (specifically), especially compared to some other formats. (Spoiler - click to show) What I'm trying to say is that the way that the game is formatted contributes to the game as much as the characters and items combined. The thing that I liked most about the format was how it was implemented. (Spoiler - click to show) For example, when I discovered that I was sub-consciencally time traveling or how, when you re-start the game, you realize that you haven't escaped your fate.

The way you play the game is simple. It's a lot like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, only not everything is immediately revealed to you. As you gain knowledge and items, you acquire the ability to add certain numbers to use a new action. This presents a small problem, because if you add incorrectly (as I once did), you end up reading ahead a little bit. Not to worry, there's a walkthrough on the last two pages in case you need to re-check your math skills. I also liked how, unlike a Choose Your Own Adventure book, I didn't need to write down page numbers (or doggy ear pages :P) to help me remember that there's another branch of the story that I left unexplored. I was able to return to the main path quickly and easily; for, when I seemed to stray a bit, the game reminded me which page number I needed to return to in order to go back. I completed Trapped in Time in one glorious, one and a half hour sitting.

On a side note, I rather enjoyed the author's writing style. If his style was a little different, the game would have felt more like a CYOA book and less like an IF game. The only issue that I have concerns the _________ (your name here) that appears three times throughout the story. I think that the author should remove it and give the main character a name, as it disrupts the natural flow of reading.

All in all, I loved this game. It's a little unique, well written, and I highly recommend that you play it. It also gives me hope, because if I write in this format, I may finally be able to write interactive fiction... Sort of... e-o (I can't program to save my life) Thank you Simon for the awesome game; I hope that everyone will play it.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Interesting printed game with parser-like elements, February 3, 2016
Trapped in Time is a classic "Turn to page 20"-style CYOA work. You are a Chrononaut experimenting with a time machine. Things start to go wrong. The game invites many replays, being a 'replay'-style game where you just try to get it write.

The real innovation here is something that is beyond Twine's basic capabilities (although it could be implemented if someone worked hard at it). The game starts giving you mathematical formulas so that you can use a limited set of commands (something like, "To examine a room, add 50 to the first page that you enter the room in.") this makes the game both fun and challenging, because you can't easily reverse engineer the game, and you have to keep track of all the formulas.

The game includes a variety of bonus material and is fun. The story is not quite as exciting as most good Twine games, but the novelty of the presentation really made this game enjoyable for me.

Recommended due to fun factor.

A very interesting story, November 28, 2013
This sci-fi story is one of the more interesting ones I've played through. It really makes you think. It's kins of a mystery, but it doesn't dive deeply into that genre. It's mostly just a really interesting sci-fi game. You can do nearly anything you can think of with the resources at your disposal, despite it being in PDF format (which I'm not a fan of). I highly recommend it to people who love the sci-fi genre.

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