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7 Stars IFReview Rating The Recruit

IFReviewed by Emily Short on 2006-08-01 03:57 

Game Profile

Author
Mike Sousa

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2003

IFR Overall Rating
8 Stars IFR Overall Rating
Separator
Played to completion?: Yes
Number of Saves: 2
Rating: 7

Competent, entertaining, and, my goodness, that really is a lot of XYZZY award ceremony text you have there. Live and uncut.

Reminded me a lot of a (shorter, gentler, but also less funny) Janitor, what with the company that makes IF-alikes. I most enjoyed playing with Genie, but most of the puzzles made sense to me. The purple room had me gritting my teeth. I suppose it was supposed to do that, though. And I think there wasn't quite enough description about the direction the fan was spinning in the orange room, if that was supposed to be important; personally, I managed to solve that bit by accident, and only realized that there was an issue later, when I read through all the hints.

Lacks enough story to get a higher score out of me, because though I was entertained, I didn't really care very much, and level-of-engagement is what gets a game into the 8-10 stratum. But still, it was well-enough done to stand out. Which is what the 7 is for.

The Recruit Awards

    Best Individual Puzzle on the 2003 Xyzzy Awards.
    7th place on the 2003 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (9th Edition).

Emily Short Profile

IFReviewer Rating
10 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Emily Short
Gender Female

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