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A fun monster hunt, Tue 2nd Aug 2022
By Denk - See all my reviews
DISCLAIMER: I beta-tested this game months before release but not the final version. As a beta-tester I couldn't rate this game during the competition.
Though I had been a beta-tester, I played this game during ParserComp as I was curious. Unfortunately, the first version had some major bugs and I ended up in an "unwinnable situation" due to bugs. A bugfix was released shortly after but it still had some serious bugs. After a second bugfix, the major bugs seem to be gone or I just got lucky. So if you found the first version too buggy, you might have better luck with the newest version. However, the early bugfixes could indicate that the game wasn't tested enough so there could be more bugs left.
I always rate the last version I've played. So this review is based on the third release (2nd bugfix) during ParserComp 2022. I release this review right after the competition has ended and I see that a post-comp release is now available.
In this game you have to spend the night in a haunted house due to a bet. Roughly, this game is about hunting and killing five monsters without getting yourself killed.
The parser is decent most of the time though I noticed a few problems such as different responses when the player uses the word "it" instead of the noun. However, "it" seems to be working in most cases. Other easy improvements would be to make the books in the library be referred to by their titles in addition to "leather book" and their full 'names' such as "witch hunt book" as well as "witch hunt", "witch" or "witch book" which should have worked too.
The descriptions are thorough but not too long and gives a good atmosphere, especially when the player is hunted by a monster. As my mother tongue is not English it may be that I overlook some grammatical errors etc.
You can get in unwinnable situations if you release a monster and meet it in the wrong place without the items needed to kill it so save often. However, it will normally be obvious when this happens.
The puzzles were overall fine and fits with the setting. A few of them stand out by being better whereas some of the others are "well known classics" and hence not so original.
The gameplay is fun and the monsters can almost be killed in any order. A few niggles: I think there are too many doors to open (most are not important to the gameplay) and the implementation could be better. In this 3rd release (i.e. 2nd bugfix) I saw no serious problems. If I had, my score would have been lower.
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