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Nominee, Best Puzzles - 2002 XYZZY Awards
24th Place - 8th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2002)
>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page
There are some good puzzles and a very well-crafted setting here, and with a round or two more of testing and a better ending, OOTS could be a pretty good piece of IF.
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Otherwise, the game is a close relative of Lord Bellwater's Secret. In both games, you explore a study looking for secrets. You examine a variety of objects in order to find a code, open a safe, and get out. You have to find every single part of the code, in a tedious affair. I used a walkthrough and never looked back.
This game has a few issues. For instance, other reviewers noted that you can't use the adjective of an object to refer to it, or just the noun if there is a disambiguation; you must use both. Some objects are never mentioned; you just have to assume they are there. You have to look behind stuff in the oddest locations, and interact with objects in unusual ways.
I recommend this only to those who love games like Lime Ergot with incredible levels of detail. The game is very rewarding in this way.
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