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6 Stars IFReview Rating Eric's Gift

IFReviewed by Andrew Plotkin on 2006-06-25 09:34 

Game Profile

Author
Joao Mendes

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads3

Release Year
2002

IFR Overall Rating
5 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Mmf. The actions I'm supposed to use don't always make sense -- in the diner, I had to look at a hint. (Sure, I could have done that, but why should I think it would help?)

When you ask about a topic twice, you get a paraphrased summary the second time -- not phrased as dialogue. This is a good idea -- certainly better than repeating a canned speech -- but I'm not sure it works. Since it is a paraphrase, I feel like the NPC actually is repeating the first speech, and the game is just being vague about that fact.

Generally the game feels like it knows what I should be doing; no other tracks are tolerated. "examine tri-di" was a great opportunity to give some background about my emotional state -- even refusing to watch it would have been a good response -- but all I get is a generic "not important" message.

The story is fine -- but a bit elementary, and I don't feel like it's presented well enough to make up for the sparseness. The game doesn't get me particularly involved in it, either. I mostly looked at hints to get through it.

Andrew Plotkin Profile

IFReviewer Rating
9 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Andrew Plotkin
Gender Male

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