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1 Star IFReview Rating Jarod's Journey

IFReviewed by Andrew Plotkin on 2006-06-25 10:29 

Game Profile

Author
Tim Emmerich

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2000

IFR Overall Rating
2 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Oh, blah, a third-person-prose game.

Oh, even better, an inconsistently third-person game. ("Jarod is in a dream, ... You see a map here." In fact, what does "here" mean in third-person prose?)

However, all of this is beside the point. The point is, this is a pile of laughable sentimentality. The author manages to ignore good prose, good game design, good characterization, (even good spelling,) in a single-minded quest to toe his own religious party line. Naturally, the result is lousy prose, lousy characters, a lousy game, and -- of course -- a lousy representation of his religion.

(First and last example: Outside the temple, a Pharisee is praying loudly. "Even in the short time that Jarod pauses to listen, it is obvious that the man is repeating himself." Guess what's inside the temple? A priest reading Isaiah, loudly and repetitively. And you have to "pray" repetitively, or you get tired and depressed.)

As a statement of belief, maximally unconvincing. As a game... who cares? The author doesn't.

Andrew Plotkin Profile

IFReviewer Rating
9 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Andrew Plotkin
Gender Male

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