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8 Stars IFReview Rating The Gostak

IFReviewed by Andrew Plotkin on 2006-06-25 09:49 

Game Profile

Author
Carl Muckenhoupt

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Inform6

Release Year
2001

IFR Overall Rating
8 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Also cute. And the idea sort of works -- except that I'm pretty sure you can't finish the game without looking at the hints.

(I couldn't actually finish the game at all. Can't figure out how to skobe the shamtag.)

Now, this doesn't invalidate the idea. Instead of playing a game that you don't understand (and learning about it in the process), you're performing the activity of playing a game and looking at hints, none of which you understand. (But you're learning about it in that process.) It's a slightly different joke. But a slightly less cool one.

Still pretty cool, though. I did, in fact, understand a lot of it.

(I got the in-joke references to Nethack directions, Smullyan yes/no words, and of course the title. Any others will have to be explained to me.)

The Gostak Awards

    Golden Banana of Discord on the 2001 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (7th Edition).
    21st place on the 2001 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (7th Edition).
    Best Individual Puzzle on the 2001 Xyzzy Awards.
    Best Use Of Medium on the 2001 Xyzzy Awards.

Andrew Plotkin Profile

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Name Andrew Plotkin
Gender Male

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