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3 Stars IFReview Rating A Light's Tale

IFReviewed by Jacqueline A. Lott on 2006-07-21 07:48 

Game Profile

Author
Zach Flynn

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2004

IFR Overall Rating
3 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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We start with a note to the players:

This game was programmed under the alias "vbnz". This is his game and it is freeware. The only things that are not free are the ideas in this game. If you plan on using any of these ideas for anything, free or otherwise, please contact vbnz [...] And then we settle into the post-prologue game:
Welcome to the Beginning. From here you get have two choices: Go back, or follow me through this gopher hole and see how far, far down it goes. So, down to the ground, or up to the free land above.

Hello Matrix, who ganked it from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Hello, practically verbatim quoting. Hello, unoriginal ideas. Right out of the gate I'm sort of miffed by the aforementioned disclaimer. I need to ask this guy for permission when so far I haven't found anything original? Oh, and if you choose to go up to the 'free land above,' you die instantly. Choose freedom and get instadeath - is vbnz trying to make a statement here? Nah, I doubt it.

Okay, that's probably a little harsh. There actually was some rather original writing, such as...

A massive, massive door that maybe Popeye on super-spinach plus steroids formula could move.

...and...

Your heart beats so fast that Jeff Gordon's Car could not have kept up with it.

And then there was the quite original idea that I am being chased by a gang of angry gophers. Still, I somehow doubt I'll be e-mailing vbnz to beg for use of his intellectual property.

I won't even address the implementation problems. I won't waste any more time discussing this. I'm sure the author thought that it was a very cute and clever game, but to me it just seemed juvenile and stupid. One girl's opinion.

Jacqueline A. Lott Profile

Name Jacqueline A. Lott
Gender Female