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original competition entry, also need puddles.​acd
Requires an AdvSys interpreter. (This is an older format that is no longer supported.)
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Puddles on the Path

by Anssi Räisänen

Wordplay/Cave crawl
2003

(based on 4 ratings)
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About the Story

In this game where proverbs are magical spells, you play as an apprentice to Larumis the Sorcerer. After two years in his service, you're on the road home for a well-earned summer vacation when, through an iron gate in a stately stone wall, you see a mysterious garden. You forgot all about curiosity killing the cat.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.0
License: Freeware
Development System: Alan 2
Baf's Guide ID: 2098
IFID: ALAN-96F3F722C5F2FC4F9429ABE595BD5E75
TUID: s4girkccjl8mtwh4

Awards

Honorable Mention - Spring Thing 2003

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


A brief, straightforward, charming game about a world in which proverbs have magical efficacy. Neither setting nor story is especially noteworthy, but the puzzles are entertaining and on a couple of occasions quite satisfying to solve. There are a handful of minor rough spots, but this is generally a friendly and solid piece of snack-sized IF.

-- Emily Short

IF-Review
There are a handful of rough spots -- some phrasings (not of proverbs) that weren't immediately obvious to me and could have used more synonyms, a few places where the spelling or word use was a little off -- but not too many. It does seem to be possible to render the game unwinnable, though I am not sure whether or not this was the author's intention. There was one item that I wouldn't have thought to look for without the walkthrough, and one thing that might have been a bug.

On the other hand, it is such a friendly and generally solid piece that I had a hard time holding these minor flaws against it.
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