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7 Stars IFReview Rating Animal Farm

IFReviewed by Robert Parker on 2006-05-13 10:01 

Game Profile

Author
Sam Ruby

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1988

IFR Overall Rating
7 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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MAIN PGM Version: 6

Extra Commands: SALVAGE, DISARM, UNLOAD, RELOAD,DIG

Deleted Commands: POWER, BLAST, HEAL, SPEED, GIVE, LIGHT, OPEN, PUT, DRINK

Special Features: 2-disk adventure; 3 Quests possible, map

Playing Time: 1-3 hours (depends on quest and player's character

Reviewer Rating: 7.0

Average Rating: 6.0/2

Description: OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM STOP E-I-E-I-O STOP AND ON THIS FARM HE HAD SOME BRAVE PATRIOTIC SOCIALIST REVOLUTIONARY PIGS STOP E-I-E-I-O STOP WITH AN OINK OINK HERE AND AN AK-47 THERE STOP NOW THE PIGS HAVE THE FARM STOP E-I-E-I-O STOP AND WE WILL DEFEND OUR WORKER'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC TO THE DEATH AGAINST CAPITALIST IMPERIALISM SO GO SUCK EGGS STOP

Comment: The above is just a part of the intro text (a short intro text compared to some of Sam's other works). The basic premise is that you have to go in and complete 1, 2, or 3 objectives: free Old MacDonald, blow up a windmill, or go for broke (the first two plus some other stuff).

The map is well planned, and a copy is available to the player (READ MAP), though understanding the 'sector location' is a bit difficult. The puzzles are minor, which makes it play smoother; there are enough new ideas here to comprehend without having to deal with major puzzles.

There were some spelling errors and the location of the reinforcements didn't seem to correspond to their sector on the map. If you want to cheat, you can kill all your opponents in a room if you SAY DIE; this is apparently a development line that didn't get removed.

(Ed. note: Sam never really finished this adventure. He lost interest while polishing it and used the experience and knowledge he gained from working out 'Animal Farm' to produce 'Operation Endgame'. It sat around for a year or two before being released 'as-is'. Even so it is better than a lot of other Eamons.)

Because of the level of the puzzles and monsters, I give it a 7 for difficulty. If you like modern military adventures and George Orwell's 'Animal Farm', or have a strange sense of humor where it concerns Eamon adventures, you will enjoy this one.

Used with Matthew Clark's kind permition.
Original review available at Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online website.

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