Another IF Comp review, following my format for this comp. There is a cut, then any spoiler-free comments I have, and then spoiler space, and then more detailed feedback that assumes the reader has tried the game.
But first, we have some obligatory filler to try to make sure that the RSS summary does not accidentally contain any review. Filler, filler, la la la…
Okay. Here we go.
I am never happy when a game starts with an apology from the author. If you know there are bugs, and the game isn’t polished, DO NOT RELEASE IT. Don’t waste our time. Save it and improve it for later. Release it in next year’s Comp, or, if you don’t want to wait that long, in the Spring Comp.
The warning is evidently deserved, alas. The first screenful of text contains many warning signs: misplaced apostrophes, misspellings, comma splices, inelegant handling of the game’s room description text, and objects described that you’re not supposed to be able to interact with yet.
The byline includes the sentence “The story genre is ‘Comedy'”, which means that the author missed a full stop when writing his assertions about the game’s bibliographical data.
However, I didn’t get around to actually quitting until the moment when my employer wiped his snot on my sleeve.