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About the StoryYou are a lone ninja, protecting a shinto shrine of Japan. Your goal is to avoid capture by the Evil One, a deft ninja from a rival shrine. He is nearby, but you don't know exactly where. And it is dark outside, with only your senses to trust...
There is said to be a rare golden idol in the Evil One's shrine to the west. You must reach it before the rival ninjas find out!
36th Place - 10th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2004)
-- Valentine Kopteltsev
You start in an ungrammatical, boring room, which includes a shrine that you cannot enter and mountains that are too far away even to be examined. Aside from various peculiarities of syntax and parsing, there is one painfully obvious puzzle to be solved.
-- Carolyn Magruder
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>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page
It's just really not good at all. But there is a way to enjoy it, at least for me. See, I like to think that there exists a tiny sliver of possibility that Panks is actually just a satirist with a very, very, very dry wit. I mean, really -- if IF were a Christopher Guest movie, Panks would just have to be a character. It's almost as if he's playing a character all the time in his postings, and this game works perfectly as reductio ad absurdum interactive fiction. Look at it as a parody, as perfectly straight-faced and utterly ridiculous all at once, and it may provide a moment's entertainment. Of course, that doesn't mean you'd give it a high score in the comp or anything.
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A very short game in BASIC with random death and bad parser, June 5, 2017
It's super short, with only 3 or 4 activities you need to execute.
I'm giving it 2 stars because the writing is descriptive, and because the small writing that was there did give a nice atmosphere.
But otherwise, this is tiny, with poor planning decisions and an obnoxious parser (it commits that horrible offense of understanding a command, telling you it's wrong, and telling you what command you should type instead).
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