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IFReviewed by Emily Short on 2006-08-01 08:31 

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Author
Mike Sousa

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Tads2

Release Year
2003

IFR Overall Rating
5 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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Early in playing this I encountered the phrase "out of place as a boat in a dessert." This is unfortunate because the phrase amused me more than it really should have, and because it led me to expect more technical flaws than I actually encountered. In fact, there was clearly a lot of work put into crafting the items in this game, as I discovered as I continued to poke around.

I was a bit baffled, though. This game is more puzzle-oriented than I generally expect of an IF Art piece (or at least, I assume it is; given that I never actually *solved* any puzzles, it's possible that there's just a lot of taunting going on.) Obviously, there aren't a lot of hard and fast rules about the precise degree of puzzlehood permitted in an Art Show piece, so it's not in violation of anything. I just didn't know what to do. I poked around, examined everything, drew a few preliminary conclusions about the elements of the puzzle, and set things up in a way that (I thought) should guarantee my success in the near future. And waited. And waited. And waited.

Obviously what I was trying to do didn't work, but there wasn't any feedback about *why* it didn't work or what else I might be intended to do -- which may be an accurate reflection of what it's like to try to get a rabbit out of your yard, but is kind of daunting in an IF piece.

So, er, I'm stuck. Hrm.

This piece does feature a pretty accurate representation of the Stuff Inside A Garden Shed, though. And I got to exorcise my frustration by sawing a lot of stuff up with a chainsaw. That was fun. I need more opportunities for sawing things.

    Emily Short Profile

    IFReviewer Rating
    10 Stars IFReviewer Overall Rating

    Name Emily Short
    Gender Female