Beta test of posting in the new format? Well, also a game I played! By the way if you too want to experience the IF Comp games the place to download them is this page right here, or, you can play on-line. That’s what I did for this one, having been on my lunch break a couple days ago at the time. Some of these reviews are just ‘catchup’ because I wasn’t actually posting my impressions on these until now.
Spoiler space is as great a time as any to mention that I don’t have any particular rules about whether I’m playing games that are pretested or not. Apparently I’m actually the Beta Tester for this game?
This game has fairly clever text and I was pleased by it at first for that reason. It drops me in a puzzle room and gives me a puzzle to solve about ringing a bell. Not too hard to figure out and seemed to be implemented okay.
Cute response for ‘xyzzy’, which a lot of people tend to try.
After solving the hamster puzzle, I move in to what I guess is the free-roaming portion of the game. It sets me free to solve various puzzles in the environment if I feel like it, and want to, I guess. There’s not really a specific goal here but I can figure out that I probably want to get drinks and food.
This is the part where the game doesn’t seem as well-constructed all the sudden and I wonder if I’m experiencing bugs, or if the bugs are designed to be “charming” parts of the half-broken logic of the game world itself. The ‘Fun N Games Room’ has a lot of stuff that seems broken. Is it really broken or “charmingly” broken?
This is a relatively small room but it is very well-decorated with nicely carved wooden cabinets and tables.
You can’t see any such thing.
Talking to Hellaine, or trying to, also nets really confusing responses. The game calls me “illegal object number.” Wait, is that a fake bug or a real bug?
I figured out how to get in to the theater and spawn the comedian. I didn’t figure out how to get to the walkthrough without consulting another review, since it’s not obvious.
I think I might like this game if it weren’t broken! But it is broken, I think. Or maybe not. I can’t tell so I’m giving up.