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2001

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A fun surreal game with some tricky puzzles, July 16, 2017
by MathBrush
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This game has you wandering an enormous mansion, exploring room after room, with hidden passages and a strange woman in the library.

I enjoyed it, but only because I used hints. The game has the sort of thing where you have 20 similar rooms and one of them has a scenery item that can be used.

The author is a little too smarmy; if you type nothing, you get "Let me explain something here; you're playing a text adventure...no text, no adventure, get it?". That kind of 'oh silly player' attitude is prevalent. It has a lot of poetry and some physical simulation (freezing and melting in an optional puzzle, flushing toilet, etc.)

- E.K., September 5, 2012

>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

In point of fact, the majority of the game consists of wandering around the author's fantasy house. How do I know it's the author's fantasy house? Simple: he embroidered his name on the handtowels. All throughout the place are rich-dude features like marble, seashell-shaped sinks, mahogany furniture, deep pile carpet, massive gardens, statuary, and so on. The kitchen has a freaking stainless steel floor, for heaven's sake. This idea is a few degrees off of the well-known and deeply-dreaded "here's an implementation of my house" genre, but only a few. There are some puzzles, at least, but they're not really original enough puzzles to compensate for the poor writing, misleading claims, and the general vacuousness of the setting.

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