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5 Stars IFReview Rating Fort Aegea

IFReviewed by Jacqueline A. Lott on 2006-07-21 07:04 

Game Profile

Author
Francesco Bova

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Inform6

Release Year
2002

IFR Overall Rating
7 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Nice way to open a game... the author introduces you to a PC that has power, but in a way that lets you know that the PC is also human. It grabbed my attention, which is always a good thing in the opening scene of a game. An examination of the books in my bedroom is a bit overwhelming - so much text and background to read - but it shows that the author has placed a great deal of thought into the history of what brings the PC to this point in time, and that is appreciated. A closer examination reveals that some of the text seems a bit too modern to be written by ancient Druids; the phrase "it was also a public relations nightmare for the Order" is one of several phrases I found that seemed far too twentieth-century to be taken seriously. Unimplemented objects and typographical errors were a bit distracting, as was the PC’s fixation on Valdine Roi’s breasts. For instance:

>X FARMER
You can't see any such thing.

>X VALDINE
Valdine Roi is a buxom brunette farmer who works out in the fields to the east. She owns a small plot of land and is principally a canola grower. A silver necklace hangs between her ample bosom.

Valdine sticks her chest out assertively in an attempt to display her confidence.

So, since her chest has been mentioned three times I decide to...

>X BOSOM
You can't see any such thing.

>X VALDINE’S BOSOM
You can't see any such thing.

>X VALDINE’S NECKLACE
You can't see any such thing.

Sorry, but a fairly immersive world is important to me and, in short, my interest waned early. Perhaps it was the perpetually redundant scenes and activities in the village, perhaps it was the lack of implementation, perhaps it was the fact that I’m not keen on playing the part of a thirty-something virgin who turns to drugs and hallucinates when times get tough (I know, I know, that’s not an accurate depiction of what occurred... it’s only humor, folks). At any rate, the game gets points for a valiant attempt, but it needs some more work, and though the game starts out well, the style of writing begins to deteriorate and just isn’t on par with what many authors are able to offer these days.

Jacqueline A. Lott Profile

Name Jacqueline A. Lott
Gender Female

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