Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Login | Register


Who is Online

We have 671 registered Members.

There are no Members online.

There are 10 Guests online.

4 Stars IFReview Rating The Tarot Reading

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

Game Profile

Michael Penman


Authoring System

Release Year

IFR Overall Rating
4 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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