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9 Stars IFReview Rating Earth And Sky 3: Luminous Horizon

IFReviewed by Andrew Plotkin on 2006-06-25 09:09 

Game Profile

Author
Paul O'Brian

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Inform6

Release Year
2004

IFR Overall Rating
8 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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This is shorter than the previous installment, isn't it? It's a collection of "use your superpower" scenes -- each of them is satisfactory, but you're rushed from scene to scene, and the game never develops much sense of space or exploration.

The climactic battle (of course it's a battle, I'm not giving away anything, this is a superhero comic) gives you no leeway at all. You have to choose the right move each turn. It therefore becomes an undo-fest, which leaves me with little sense of making real decisions.

Positives: everything good about previous EAS games. Dialogue is snappy, descriptions are good, scenario is blatantly implausible. Big "pow!" sound-effect balloons at the appropriate points. New to this game: free swapping between characters, and you can get game hints from your partner. This is (ahem) super-smooth, comfortable to use, and keeps the game from ever becoming non-fun.

Using the phrase "salient features" before telling me what they are is always a mistake.

Final thought: I always thought the superpowers of Earth and Sky were a bit limited for IF. Games where you gain wacky abilities usually have lots of wacky abilities. Future EAS games -- if there are any -- ought to have, oh, about twice as many superpowers...

Andrew Plotkin Profile

IFReviewer Rating
9 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Andrew Plotkin
Gender Male

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