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4 Stars IFReview Rating Threnody

IFReviewed by Dan Shiovitz on 2005-05-09 10:11 

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Man, I never thought I would see the day when I would be recommending a fantasy adventure where the PC has a cat buddy. A magical cat buddy. A magical talking cat buddy. Furthermore, the game does another thing I can't stand, where the PC in this fantasy world finds this magical cape that makes the wearer hopeful, so, hey, we'll call it the Cape of Good Hope ha ha I kill me. Repeat fifty times or until dead. But, ok, putting aside all the lame anachronistic puns (and the entire backstory involving them), Threnody is basically a really good puzzle adventure of the kind I haven't seen in a while. It took me about three and a half hours to get through one playthrough; I used the hints maybe once or twice at most.

The puzzles were in general really good, sufficiently difficult to feel satisfying when you get them but not so difficult that you spend hours on it — but, hey, since this is a springcomp entry I was able to spend as much time as I wanted without feeling like I was hitting a limit. The only time the puzzle quality broke down was in the last bit of the game, when there was one puzzle of a kind that's starting to approach the fifteen puzzle in terms of tedium for me, and then one puzzle that was really much too easy. But besides that, excellent. Oh, and did I mention that this is one of those games where you have three characters to choose from, and the puzzles are different depending on what you pick? I don't think many people are going to have the stamina to play through the whole game a second or third time, but I enjoyed getting to pick one to start with, and then spent an hour or so exploring the walkthroughs of the other two once I'd finished the game.

Threnody is, unfortunately, not totally bug-free. I found a number of places where descriptions didn't accurately reflect that I'd picked up an item, and there's at one important place where >IN works when >ENTER THING doesn't. Oh, and somehow I didn't get credit for picking up one of my treasures on my first playthrough. But these are pretty minor, and I imagine they'll get cleared up in a post-comp release. Even before that happens, if what you want is a good-sized meaty puzzle adventure, Threnody would be an excellent choice.

Threnody Awards

    3rd place on the 2005 Spring Thing.

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