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4 Stars IFReview Rating The Tarot Reading

IFReviewed by Emily Short on 2006-08-01 08:32 

Game Profile

Author
Michael Penman

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2003

IFR Overall Rating
4 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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I basically like the concept.

I have some quibbles. There are typos and spelling errors. Not all the rooms (that I saw) are equally interesting.

All the same, I like (have always liked) the reification of the symbolic in interactive fiction, and the Tarot is a good, rich source of imagery -- as we see in Curses and at least one previous IF Art Show entry. Some of the imagery was rather neat -- the High Priestess with the star clutched in her hand, for instance.

I think I would have liked this game even better if there had been more: more to do, more to look at, more to ask the characters about. But I realize that a lot goes into implementing the number of card/rooms that (I assume) are covered in this piece. (And no, I did not try playing it over and over to make sure that the deck was fully represented. I saw a fair variation in the four run-throughs I did play, though.)

    Emily Short Profile

    IFReviewer Rating
    10 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

    Name Emily Short
    Gender Female