Home | Profile - Edit | Your Page | Your Inbox Browse | Search Games   |   Log In

Download



inhumane.z5
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.

Have you played this game?

You can rate this game, record that you've played it, or put it on your wish list after you log in.

Playlists and Wishlists

RSS Feeds

New member reviews
Updates to downloadable files
All updates to this page

Inhumane

by Andrew Plotkin profile

Satire
1985

(based on 20 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

A parody of Infocom's Infidel, written when the author was fifteen, then converted to Inform. To collect a treasure, you must show an ancient guardian how awful an adventurer you are.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 5
Baf's Guide ID: 111
IFID: ZCODE-2-950817-1A76
TUID: wvs2vmbigm9unlpd

Spoof of Infidel, by Michael Berlyn

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


A simple parody of Infocom's Infidel, with contents highly imitative of Grimtooth's Traps. No puzzles, a smattering of incomprehensible in-jokes, lots of death. (In fact, you have to die nine times in order to win.) Somewhat amusing, though, and not quite as bad as the author makes it sound in the apology packaged with the Inform translation. If nothing else, it's an interesting way of presenting ideas for traps. Perhaps an interactive edition of Grimtooth's is warranted...

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

SPAG
[...] it's actually kind of fun, with a few small laughs, and it brought back some great memories of my own abysmal (though they seemed great at the time) early attempts at I-F. (Christopher E. Forman)

Inhumane (a game originally coded in basic by Plotkin when he was 14) [...] is easily winnable within an hour. No guess-the-verb puzzles, no scenic landscapes, no moral plays. Basically, it's the antithesis of everything Andrew Plotkin has made since. (Francesco Bova)
See the full review

SynTax
It's good fun finding the traps and when you've undergone the 9 "deaths", you are given the key to the coffin room, and the rest is easy.
See the full review

Tags

- View the most common tags (What's a tag?)
(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

5 star:
(0)
4 star:
(1)
3 star:
(14)
2 star:
(5)
1 star:
(0)
Average Rating:
Number of Reviews: 1
Write a review


Show how good you are at dying. An Infidel spoof , July 5, 2016
This game is a spoof of Infidel by a teenage Andrew Plotkin, written in Basic and ported to Inform.

The opening part is a much easier version of Infidels opening story. Once you are in the tomb, though, you have to prove how bad of an adventurer you are by dying in 9 traps.

The traps are fairly simple, mostly just exploring each area and trying everything. They are very clever, however; the glue pit really kept me guessing.

The commentary is enjoyable. The game itself is spare, and not completely compelling, but it is valuable for historic purposes.

If you enjoyed Inhumane...

Related Games

People who like Inhumane also gave high ratings to these games:

Uncle Zebulon's Will, by Magnus Olsson
Average member rating: (50 ratings)
Your eccentric Uncle Zebulon considered himself a wizard, and was rumoured to be very wealthy. But when he died, he only left you one single object in his will... Winner in the TADS division of the First Annual IF Competition, 1995.

The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet, by Graham Nelson (as Angela M. Horns)
Average member rating: (46 ratings)
Another day wasted as guest of the Empress, a wretchedly long tour of the breath-taking Boreal Falls, conducted as ever by the Lady Amilia. As if she weren't bad enough, an honour guard of soldiers, their breast-plates red in the setting...

Jigsaw, by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (68 ratings)
New Year's Eve, 1999, a quarter to midnight and where else to be but Century Park! Fireworks cascade across the sky, your stomach rumbles uneasily, music and lasers howl across the parkland... Not exactly your ideal party (especially as...

Suggest a game

Polls

The following polls include votes for Inhumane:

Doing things backwards by Mike Ciul
Games that take traditional IF tasks and puzzles, and do them backwards or subvert them in a clever way. Thanks to olethros on raif for the inverse puzzle idea.

Games with amusing deaths by Andrew Schultz
Lots of games have one amusing death, but what games best take the concept and run with it? These deaths could be nudges on messing something up, or even better, or even a nice reward for a reader who is playing attention and notices a...

Games for Beginners by WriterBob
I'm looking for games that are suited for adults who are new to IF. My purpose is to share these games with friends and let them get experience IF without being frustrated by mazes or guess-the-verb issues. Please avoid children's games....

See all polls with votes for this game

Links




This is version 7 of this page, edited by Nathan on 9 September 2019 at 3:00pm. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item