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Jesse Stavro's Doorway

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Time Travel
2014

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Rough around the edges, August 18, 2017
by Cory Roush (Ohio)
The premise of this game is interesting, and you can tell the author has taken some time to flesh out the world and the mechanics of the player's ability. However, this is not a polished game, and a lot of corners seem to have been cut in getting to the end.

I have no idea why I'm looking for Jesse, other than because he's not around. I have no idea why I didn't do more to confront someone who was willing to burn down the house I'm standing in... the main character barely responds and when they do, it's illogical. If you were a time traveler told that your only way to get back home was destroyed, do you think that you'd really be a-okay with that?

The conversations with NPCs are muddled and choppy - a NPC's response to a topic sometimes includes details about the room they are standing in, but there are no limitations on where the NPC can talk about that topic, so on several occasions in the game's first 15-20 minutes, dialogue was taking place in some weird kind of limbo where actions I had previously taken haven't happened yet and my surroundings were different... and unless I jumped ship too early, I don't think that was the author's intention or a gimmick of some kind.

And as a pet peeve, containers in this game are poorly executed. Authors: please design your containers so that when opened, the contents are immediately obvious to the player. It's really monotonous to be subjected to "OPEN FIRST DRAWER. You open the drawer. LOOK IN FIRST DRAWER. The drawer is empty. OPEN SECOND DRAWER. You open the drawer. LOOK IN SECOND DRAWER. There is a flashlight in the drawer."

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Marshal Tenner Winter, August 18, 2017 - Reply
All the things in your critique are actually completely deliberate design decisions.
Cory Roush, August 19, 2017 (updated August 21, 2017) - Reply
I'd be interested in hearing how so, and revising my review if I can be shown how poorly-written dialogue and player-unfriendly messages/actions add to your game.
Marshal Tenner Winter, August 19, 2017 - Reply
dood. i'm joking.
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