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Postby David Whyld » Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:21 pm

Polendina by Christopher Lewis (Inform)

So EXAMINE and SEARCH mean different things? Damn, I hate games that do that to me. You EXAMINE every item, find a few things, then later on realise you have to go back through the game and SEARCH every item. +1 on the Considering Quitting Table.

Another +1 on the CQT: I've been playing the game for ten minutes and don’t have a clue what it’s about. Most of the actions I'm carrying out I'm doing not because I see any point to them, but purely because there's nothing else to do, so it’s a case of me going into the playground then the pet shop because they're there instead of me seeing any purpose in performing these actions.

There's an oddity uncovered while I was walking through the sewers* and the ring I was wearing mysteriously appeared before me on the ground without me ever removing it. I never did discover if this was purposeful or a bug. According to the walkthrough (which I followed because it seemed better clued into the game than I was), there ought to be my dad’s ID card here** but it wasn’t here at all. Just the ring I had on my finger. Quite why my dad’s ID card would be down in the sewers isn't mentioned in the walkthrough, although glancing further on indicates I need it to enter my dad’s workshop. Only, of course, as the ID card wasn’t there, I can’t do that.

* Why was I in the sewers? Er… dunno. Because it’s there?

** Is there a reason for my dad’s ID card to be down in the sewers? Particularly as I found it at home and left it there?

Well… uninspired game, no clue what I was doing, bugged me with SEARCH and EXAMINE being different things, and a distinct lack of direction. All in all, not one of the better IFComp entries.

3 out of 10
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Postby ralphmerridew » Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:12 pm

It's part of a puzzle. To get the ID card out of the house, you need to flush it down the toilet.
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