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7 Stars IFReview Rating Slouching Towards Bedlam

IFReviewed by Jacqueline A. Lott on 2006-07-21 07:41 

Game Profile

Author
Daniel Ravipinto and Star Foster

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Inform6

Release Year
2003

IFR Overall Rating
9 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Fantastic way to set backstory. I feel like I'm really listening to the phonograph while rifling through the desk and office, absorbing information bit by bit as I listen, rather than being thrown so much prose in one assault as is often typical of complex IF stories. This is one of the best introductions I've played in recent memory.

Wandering away from the office, however, things begin to seem less immersive, more terse. There's some intrigue with regard to the story, why I'm speaking in tongues, and it seems the author has gone to great lengths to develop a plot and storyline that work with the amnesiac pc, but it just isn't the sort of story that ropes me in. I'd say, however, that this will be different for a great many people and that others will no doubt enjoy it tremendously.

Slouching Towards Bedlam Awards

    Best Game on the 2003 Xyzzy Awards.
    Best Story on the 2003 Xyzzy Awards.
    Best Setting on the 2003 Xyzzy Awards.
    Best Individual NPC on the 2003 Xyzzy Awards.
    1st place on the 2003 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (9th Edition).
    1st place Miss Congeniality on the 2003 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (9th Edition).

Jacqueline A. Lott Profile

Name Jacqueline A. Lott
Gender Female

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