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The Life (and Deaths) of Doctor M

by Michael D. Hilborn

Surreal
2011

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- Teaspoon, March 5, 2016

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A review-your-life-from-the-afterlife game about mercy deaths, February 3, 2016
Doctor M is perhaps most famous for being part of the 4-game 'hat puzzle' (involving 3 other games from the IFComp). However, it stands well on its own.

There is a subgenre of IF consisting of games where you reflect on a life through flashbacks, and have to decide if you did the right thing or not. Tapestry, Photograph, and Map are examples.

Doctor M takes this on with panache. You have to revisit the death of three victims of you, a mercy-killing doctor. You then can choose your interpretation of the events.

There are some mild puzzles, including hunt-the-scenery and read-the -descriptions-carefully puzzles. There is one or two problems requiring a leap of intuition.

The writing was good. I believe some people said they didn't like the heavy-handedness of the moral dilemma presented in the game, but it's what's needed for this type of work.

The game has a literal angel and devil, and has 3 endings.

I enjoyed this game. I recommend it for fans of the afterlife genre.

- branewurms, January 14, 2016

- Thrax, March 11, 2015

- M. Tea, September 1, 2014

- Floating Info, June 28, 2014

- DJ (Olalla, Washington), May 9, 2013

- E.K., February 23, 2013

- stadtgorilla (Munich, Germany), February 2, 2013

- Herr Rau (München, Germany), January 30, 2013

- dream, April 23, 2012

- bloodzeed, April 20, 2012

- Audiart (Davis, CA), February 27, 2012

- The Xenographer, January 7, 2012

- Wade Clarke (Sydney, Australia), November 21, 2011

- Karl Ove Hufthammer (Bergen, Norway), November 19, 2011

- Marco Innocenti (Florence, Italy), November 17, 2011

- Squinky (Canada), November 17, 2011

- Sam Kabo Ashwell (Seattle), November 16, 2011

- ifwizz (Berlin, Germany), November 14, 2011

- perching path (near Philadelphia, PA, US), November 12, 2011


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