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7 Stars IFReview Rating Aayela

IFReviewed by Andrew Plotkin on 2006-06-25 07:34 

Game Profile

Author
Magnus Olsson

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
1996

IFR Overall Rating
8 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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A very simple story piece, but wonderfully descriptive. A great incarnation of the "It is dark" problem; the fact is, you can do quite a lot in pitch darkness -- but you never forget that you're blind. This comes across just fine in the game.

The leitmotif is music. (Uh, sorry. :-) The scene of acting within the context of music works well. I know I'm not being very articulate here, but what can I say? The author tried to do something small very well, and succeeded. Maybe "set-piece" is the phrase I'm looking for, but I don't mean it pejoratively.

(BTW: I suspect the author was smirking when he had your character start out with a sword which gets lost, a brass lantern which burns out, and a "rezrov" scroll which gets used up on the first move.)

Andrew Plotkin Profile

IFReviewer Rating
9 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Andrew Plotkin
Gender Male

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