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Junior Arithmancer

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- Targor (Germany), March 27, 2020

- _firexe, December 4, 2019

- dgtziea, November 8, 2019

- elias67, November 4, 2019

- draziwfozo, September 8, 2019

- nosferatu, August 22, 2019

- Zape, June 30, 2019

- comfortcastle (Sheffield, UK), June 7, 2019

- Stian, May 14, 2019

McT's Interactive Fiction Reviews

It is one of those games that if you like this sort of thing, then this is a thing you will really like. The puzzle mechanism is exceptionally well implemented, the narrative might be thin, but it does succeed in adding character to the game. To me, the puzzles felt hard but fair.

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The Good Old Days

Anyone who has done some serious maths will tell you that it can be quite magical. Even with the most basic of operations you can do some impressive tricks with astonishing results. It is that feeling of wonder you get, when you finish a long set of calculations that end up with surprising – simple but true – answers which makes people love mathematics. Just think of the flow of solving a problem, that single moment when everything fits together and you see all the connections, and you might know what I mean. And this magic moments is exactly what Junior Arithmancer is all about.

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The game is really about abstract number puzzles, or even computer science and programming puzzles, rather than mathematics per se. Despite its similarities to ABCA, it reminds me of programming games like “Robot Odyssey.” It’s also one that rewards creativity in thinking about and exploiting its mechanics, which is a great feature in a puzzle game.

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- JoQsh, April 12, 2019

- Joey Jones (UK), April 4, 2019

- CunningGabe, March 14, 2019

- IanAllenBird, March 12, 2019

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
An enjoyable math-based pattern game with academic humor, February 19, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours
This game is essentially unique among interactive fiction. In a Zork-like setting, you are a math wizard (or arithmancer) taking an exam.

Your job is to use spells to create sequences of decimals coming from famous mathematical constants. The further you can get in any one sequence, the more spells you get.

You begin with basics like addition or subtraction, but soon you gain spells that modify other spells and it all becomes complex and tangled up.

In the midst of this mathematical quest, the committee viewing you gossips about academic drama, discussing department conflicts and upcoming changes. As an academic myself, it is spot on.

I work with the author and beta-tested this game, but I wouldn't feel bad giving it a lower score if it deserved one. This is a fun game, and I recommend it.

- nf, February 10, 2019

- Ploppy, January 27, 2019

- mapped, January 3, 2019

- dream, December 5, 2018

- Greg Frost (Seattle, Washington), November 30, 2018

- E.K., November 20, 2018

- Doug Orleans (Somerville, MA, USA), November 18, 2018

- Karl Ove Hufthammer (Bergen, Norway), November 18, 2018

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