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6 Stars IFReview Rating The Granite Book

IFReviewed by Emily Short on 2006-08-01 04:25 

Game Profile

Author
James Mitchelhill

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2002

IFR Overall Rating
7 Stars IFR Overall Rating
Separator
Played to completion?: Yes, with serious hintage
House or Office: No. Thank god.
Rating: 6

I have a problem with IF that relies on mood rather than plot. If you don't have a clear sense of what your goals are supposed to be, it's hard to progress. I found it impossible to get past the first couple of moves without resorting to the hints, which is usually a bad sign.

This game did manage to be evocative in ways that no other comp game on my list so far has managed. I wish that the invented setting actually made some sense, though.

Having the PC(s) be first-person-plural was another interesting maneuver. I'm not sure I understood exactly what was supposed to have happened at each stage of the story — if indeed there is a clear plot — and I find the deliberate obscurity a little irksome. For sheer imagery, however, this contains some fine menacing bits.

Emily Short Profile

IFReviewer Rating
10 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Emily Short
Gender Female

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