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Sigmund's Quest

by Gregor Holtz

2014

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A short graphical tech demo, August 1, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes
This is a short demo of a system not unlike Comazombie's MCA adventures or Robin Johnson's systems; however, this one is fairly incomplete.

You play Sigmund, from the Ring cycle of stories, and it's all filled with numerous graphics. Before the game really begins, though, it's all over.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Cute graphics in this game sample, but I'm not interested in seeing more of it., November 17, 2015
by Wade Clarke (Sydney, Australia)
Related reviews: IFComp 2014, incomplete, fantasy, choice-based
(This is an edited version of a review I originally blogged during the 2014 IFComp.)

Sigmund's Quest is the visually colourful point-and-click introduction to an incomplete CYOA style adventure based on a tale from Norse mythology. It runs in a web browser, and its deliberately magnified, pixelated colour graphics fill the screen. Unfortunately this is way too short (I reached the end in about five minutes) to sell or indicate much about the game-to-be except that it will have some charming graphics.

The blurb mentions werewolves and incest; none of either were in evidence in my playthrough. The tip of the story didn't hook me, as the content demonstrated up until the endpoint was too generic a tale of medieval royalty. The prose is simple and a bit workmanlike, with an earnestness which does little to riff off the playfulness that the graphics suggest as an aesthetic possibility.

The author cites the inspiration of King's Quest. This is writ large in the visuals, but the aggressive attitude of the King's Quest games (which I really, really don't miss - both the games and the attitude) is not. Yet I feel there needs to be some kind of attitude here to something. That's what's missing.

Sigmund's Quest competed in IFComp 2014. There was no rule against entering incomplete works, but historically they've faired poorly. The context is 99% of the reason why. If I'm given scores of games to play, why would I want to play one which isn't finished? Or in this case, barely begun? In IFComp, receptivity to a demo can plummet at the moment the player realises it's a demo.

To put an Introcomp spin on what I experienced of Sigmund's Quest, I wouldn't be interested in playing the rest of it if it were to continue in the fashion already demonstrated, and thatís primarily because I'm not trusting the prose or writing to become interesting if they continue in the fashion already demonstrated. Such a perception all comes down to the smallness of the sample space presented by this intro, one way or another.

- Khalisar (Italy), July 24, 2015

- The Xenographer, November 17, 2014

- Floating Info, November 16, 2014

- Edward Lacey (Oxford, England), November 16, 2014

- Justin Morgan, November 16, 2014

- BlitzWithGuns, November 16, 2014

- Karl Ove Hufthammer (Bergen, Norway), November 11, 2014

- EllaClass, November 4, 2014


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