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5 Stars IFReview Rating The Colour Pink

IFReviewed by Timofei Shatrov on 2006-05-13 01:20 

Game Profile

Author
Robert Street

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Inform6

Release Year
2005

IFR Overall Rating
4 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Take Dreary Lands, make it less buggy, add a sci-fi intro and you get the result. It seems that the intro was tacked on as a late addition (so the story makes at least some sense), because it's clearly not as polished as the rest of the game (which takes place in a surreal fantasy-land). There are two guess-the-verb puzzles which made me follow the walkthrough all the way. The first one is "plug cable in socket" where "connect cable to socket" results in "Futile." response. Very misleading. The second one is "widen crack with shovel" which is just bad. The rest of the game is filled with fantasy cliches and is quite boring, although it is well done. One of the questionable features of the game is that the description of a location describes possible exits and objects with which you can interact in a large chunk of text. It is sometimes hard to figure out where you could go and what you can use. The gameplay is non-linear and you have to solve only 2/3rds of the puzzles in order to finish the game. There are also many ways to solve each puzzle. That leaves you with some useless objects whose relevance is unknown. In fact the whole relevance of the fantasy part (except as an excuse to write an IF) is quite questionable. The hidden plot bits are never revealed and the whole game is basically a big plot hole.

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Name Timofei Shatrov
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