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About the Story"Years ago, a witch placed you in this tower and arranged for your upkeep, paying certain villagers well to keep you supplied with the most basic necessities, and no more.
Your years in the tower have changed you. You are more or less a grown woman now, with hair nearly to the floor. Your skills have developed as far as solitude and tedium can take them. You are ready to leave.
Take your time."
Written for the Indigo New Language Speed-IF, this is a short puzzle piece in TADS 3 riffing on the story of Rapunzel.
Nominee, Best Individual Puzzle - 2011 XYZZY Awards
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The puzzle here is two-fold. First, you have to discover that a system is present that you can manipulate. Second, you have to manipulate it to serve your ends. The first part is where the joy of solving the puzzle lies, and the second contains the satisfaction.... An altogether fantastic experience, all around. (Note: review is specifically a discussion of the puzzle and contains massive spoilers.)
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Please keep in mind that Indigo was written in a couple of days and is marked as unfinished. That being said, it did have a weakness: game play. For most of the game, I found myself playing 'guess the verb', though to be fair, the about did say it was unfinished and as such, was bound to have problems. The main thing I had a problem with was (Spoiler - click to show)correctly formatting the command to take time. I knew from the beginning I needed to transfer a month from the apple to the potion. Yet when I tried take month from apple, the interpreter informed me that the month was part of the apple and couldn't be taken. take month, the correct command, and take month from apple should produce the same results. The game, while brilliant, was riddled with small errors like this.
In spite of this, I would recommend indigo to any and all IF players.
In this short game, you can take amounts of time from an object and place them in another object. The game makes this fairly simple.
This is a speed-IF, which generally means messy implementation. That doesn't show up as much here, except for leaving the tower. Also, the ending took me a bit to figure out.
Beyond being just a speed IF, this was a new-language speed IF, which means that Emily Short learned TADS and made this game all in a couple of days. Extremely impressive.
There was one glitch that got me completely stuck, I had to restart to be able to finish the game.
(Spoiler - click to show)I attached the hour to the window (which is on the top floor). 50 turns later, I was meticulously searching the middle level when my candle went out. Ok, I thought, I will just get another hour and restore the candle. I tried "get hour" but could not, because the hour was still stuck to the window upstairs. I went to the top floor and was able to take the hour. The text said that the candle was whole again -- but when I went down to the kitchen to light it, there was just a stub left. I was caught in a situation where my hour was on one floor and my fire source was on another floor!
I am sure I am the only person who would ever get in such a situation, but I guess that makes me a good beta tester? :)
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