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2 Stars IFReview Rating Whom The Telling Changed

IFReviewed by Emily Short on 2006-08-01 05:03 

Game Profile

Author
Aaron A. Reed

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Inform6 and Inform6

Release Year
2005

IFR Overall Rating
4 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Played to completion?: Yes
 

Technically a polished and well-made piece of work, and one which allows for some real variety of outcome. Unfortunately, playing it felt a lot like negotiating hypertext, which I find tremendously off-putting.

 

I also found the generic frame story dull and a little distant, especially set against the specific cultural background of the Gilgamesh tale. The characters in the internal story were far more compelling than those in the "real world". I realize that some of this is because the frame has to be flexible as to the PC's gender and attitude, so it tends to make all his/her relationships a little vague and hypothetical as well. (And some of it has to do with the inherent robustness of classic literature, about which, well, it would be unfair to complain too much.)

 

But I can see that there's good stuff here. All in all, a strong effort, and I found myself wishing that I'd been more engaged by it.

Whom The Telling Changed Awards

    1st place on the 2005 Spring Thing.
    Best Individual NPC on the 2005 Xyzzy Awards.

Emily Short Profile

IFReviewer Rating
10 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

Name Emily Short
Gender Female

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