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For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter with Blorb support - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
The original Introcomp entry.
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Child's Play

by Stephen Granade profile

Humor/Slice of life

Web Site

About the Story

It is playgroup day and playgroup day is normally a good day but ever since that little red-haired girl started coming she always wants your toys.

She shouldn't get your toys.

You tried telling the mom this but she doesn't understand you. She mostly ignored you but then she just shoved a pacifier in your mouth and changed your diaper.

Child's Play was an entry in the 2006 Introcomp, where it took second place. The complete version was released on the 31st of December 2007.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 4
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Baf's Guide ID: 2916
IFIDs:  0EBBDFDA-B7FF-4325-8A6D-3A4E1071EB23
TUID: 6a23xff9er4s83pl

Off-Site Reviews

The star of the game is your nemesis, the little red-haired baby Zoe, who wants your favorite toy. Her behavior is so well-integrated into the rest of the game that it doesn't really stick out as an experiment in goal-seeking behavior or application of AI, but that's a sign of its technical success: Zoe, and to a lesser extent the other children, actively modify the environment and respond to the player's actions, carry out their own small plans, and display personality, without any verbal communication at all.
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Jay Is Games
Granade does an excellent job imbuing an adult sort of awareness into the unique mindset of a young child; the protagonist is entirely self-aware (as well as savvy enough to realize that adults will be of no help whatsoever) but must contend with limited abilities (cannot talk, cannot walk, etc). So, instead of relying upon strength or sophistication, you as baby must watch the world around yourself, observe patterns of behavior and learn how to manipulate the other children and adults into doing your will. Surprisingly Machiavellian!
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v.15: 10-Aug-2010 14:54 - Zape (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.14: 29-Jun-2016 16:11 - Sobol
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v.13: 10-Aug-2010 14:56 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.12: 10-Aug-2010 14:56 - Dave Chapeskie
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  v.11: 10-Aug-2010 14:54 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.10: 10-Aug-2010 14:53 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.9: 04-Oct-2009 16:16 - Eriorg
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v.8: 29-Apr-2009 17:10 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.7: 18-Nov-2008 11:44 - Juhana
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v.6: 30-Jul-2008 18:09 - Emily Short
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v.5: 05-Apr-2008 13:08 - Emily Short
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v.4: 03-Feb-2008 15:38 - Emily Boegheim
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v.3: 10-Jan-2008 04:12 - Emily Boegheim
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v.2: 06-Jan-2008 07:22 - Emily Boegheim
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:47 - IFDB
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