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  An excellent compilation of quick games, Thu 4th Aug 2011
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This year, I've decided to associate a song by Rush with each game along with its score.

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All Hallows Eve | Alvin Echeverria |
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SCORE: 6 zombie ninja cats out of 10.
Song: "Finding My Way"
Comments: -Lots of pauses, long intro
-Room descriptions make implementation easy to sort
-The writing is funny
-Pausing in every room description really interrupts
the flow of gameplay
-Lots of empty space in descriptions... why?
-Characters don't have synonyms?
-No hints/help.
-"ask old lady coot about witch"-- interesting.
-"splash water into cauldron"-- SPLASH is an
uncommon verb and there is no cauldron at
Old Lady Coot's, where I did that.
-Wouldn't have put the cauldron on the tall grass,
as that made it invisible until the grass was
looked at.
-I had no idea I had to pick up the small cauldron--
that would have gone well in the potion book's
instructions.
-Task construction really could have used wildcards
-TO THROW LOVE POTION: (must be executable in room),
must be held by player and in small cauldron--
so, must be in cauldron, player must hold cauldron--
a bit odd.
-Finishing with just the game after just doing the bare
minimum (making the potion, getting candy from the
witch) gives the player a 42% completion. The
alternate solution provides 65% completion by itself.
Well, who cares about score, anyway?

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The Fly Human | Hensman Int'l |
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SCORE: 7 mutated fruit flies out of 10.
Song: "The Twilight Zone"
Comments: -No hints.
-Misleading "I can't go in any direction!" messages.
->LAND ON PASSENGER WINDOW works when >LAND ON
PASSENGER'S WINDOW (object's name in room
description) doesn't.
-The task "eat blood/meat/gore" is implemented incorrectly,
so it only works if the player actually types
"blood/meat/gore" rather than "blood" or "meat"
or "gore".
-The twist at the end-- where the fly becomes a human
and the human a fly-- was really cool. I felt
like it could have used some more time on it,
pacing-wise, as the whole thing seemed to be in
summary when I really wanted to WATCH this thing
happen. But the time restrictions are likely the
culprit here!
-Would have liked for this to have a formal ending
rather than just waiting for the player to quit.

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Pete's Punkin Junkinator | DCBSupafly |
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SCORE: 8 Jack o' lanterns out of 10.
Song: "The Working Man"
Comments: -Fun!
-I didn't think to >DIG at first, given I couldn't
see anything implemented (like graves) to dig up,
but the form of the shovel suggests the verb well
enough that I got it without checking for hints
or anything of the sort. A victory for semiotically
smart writing!
-Impossible to get best score since player "wins"
after the fourth punkin.
-I'm glad its possible to play through without doing
any gratuitous violence to animals (killing
the bat and the newt).
-No hints.

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Tenebrae Semper | Seciden Mencarde |
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SCORE: 4 shadows out of 10.
Song: "Subdivisions"
Comments: -No hints.
-I assume I'm supposed to wait for class to start
at 12:30? Unfortunately, the clock is broken
so time is stuck between 12:00 and 12:09.
-Being stuck in a time bubble with no clear idea
of what to do, no escape, and only a college
algebra textbook is suitable enough for horror,
but unfortunately the game just feels incomplete.
-Apparently one must only sit on a chair to escape that.
-The author requested a transcript from me, which contains
most of my complaints about the game. In all, it
should be considered more an open beta than a finished
work. Players be warned. Below are some of the most
salient issues...
-It's possible to get stuck in one's dorm after returning
to it (don't have all of your things).
-Inventory limit is far too small.
-Science Hall and the later Forest Path are inaccessible as
it stands (Science Hall cannot be gotten back to after
returning with the notebook).
-The writing is all abstract and overly cryptic, which makes
it hard to understand what exactly is going on. Lack
of understanding of conflicts, motivations, and general
reasoning of things in some places makes it hard for
the writing as it stands to be very compelling.

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Steve Van Helsing: Process Server | Mel Stefaniuk |
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SCORE: 9 wackily subverted monster stereotypes out of 10.
Song: "Tom Sawyer"
Comments: -Long intro makes it somewhat tough to start up.
-Very funny.
-Incredible implementation for a Speed-IF. It was
hard to find objects mentioned that weren't
implemented.
-Hints!

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The Vault | BlueMaxima |
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SCORE: 5 nuclear wastelands out of 10.
Song: "Red Sector A"
Comments: -Bible should be capitalized (and italicized)
-Can't read the Bible initially, yet it is necessary
to do that for one solution!
-No hints.
-Wreckage should have had synonym "pile"
-Conversation subjects with Peter should not have
()s in them or else they won't trigger unless
the player specifically includes them.
-Didn't seem right to call the body and pile of
wreckage containers. Did this man swallow his
ID card?
-Seemed like the best ending was getting into Heaven,
not getting into the Vault.
-Player can get into Heaven even after committing
suicide. All possibility I could be wrong,
but shouldn't this not be possible?
-Code could have used wildcards and #s.
-Overall, this felt rhetorically ineffective.

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I Was a Teenage Headless Experiment | Duncan Bowsman |
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SCORE: X
Song: "Bastille Day"
Comments: -I was the author of this game, and won't rate it.



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Renegade Brainwave | J. J. Guest |
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SCORE: 9 Tesla coils out of 10.
Song: "2112 Overture"
Comments: -Really fun writing, a spot-on, over-the-top, sci-fi
B-movie spoof. If you don't imagine either Bela
Lugosi or The Amazing Criswell delivering the
opening and closing sections of this game...
you've been deprived.
-Had some trouble taking the cigar from the gorilla
for some reason, but it worked after some time
(also for a reason I can't suss out). I assume
I must have been doing something wrong somehow?
-No hints.

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