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A Week in the Life

by Neil James Brown

Slice of life/Surreal
1997

(based on 2 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

A game that simulates a week in life, based on the author's personal experiences.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 3
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 24
IFID: ZCODE-3-980215-12F3
TUID: ldv3pevm4rqsxnc6

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Baf's Guide


The author vents his frustrations with his life. Brief, highly abstract, and with an unusually large time scale - a time-lapse snapshot, if you will. Not much to it gamewise - in a sense, it consists entirely of guess-the-verb puzzles. But it's always interesting to see something different being done with the medium.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

SynTax
There are no instructions that I could find on how to interact with the game. This is not a traditional game in any sense. I still don't know what I am supposed to do. I'm sure there is a very clever adventure in there, but personally I didn't like it, but then I always prefer a good traditional treasure hunt in its many different formats.
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Makes you think, January 12, 2014
by Simon Deimel (Germany)
Honestly spoken, I liked the concept, although the game exclusively presents guess-the-verb puzzles. The description of the location (which is not a concrete place but an abstract concept) contains several objects, and the player has to find a way to deal with them. Some of these actions seemed arbitrary to me, so I really relied on guessing and sometimes was surprised when I got it right.
The author states in an afterword that he is aware of the aforementioned disadvantages. I think I understand the meaning of this game for the author, and I pay respect to it. In the end I did pass the week, so the game can be finished. The writing is okay. The implementations are not perfect, but sufficient, and I did not find obvious bugs.

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Slice of Life Games by BlitzWithGuns
I'm interested in some slice of life games which are able to make you feel nostalgic and warm inside, something like 'Photopia'!

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