IFReviewed by Emily Short
on 2006-08-01 05:03
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.
1st place on the 2005 Spring Thing.
Best Individual NPC on the 2005 Xyzzy Awards.