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.
Short version: I think this is pretty broken as a game, but since it is also clearly a bit broken by dint of the fact that I’m playing it on a non-standard interpreter, I am not going to score it in the comp.
More details of my struggles after the spoiler space.
Spatterlight really doesn’t like this one: if I try to do pretty much anything at all, I get the response
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So I quit Spatterlight and tried under Zoom.
Zoom allows me actually to perform commands, though it offers an ominous warning that the ADRIFT Battle System will not be operational for this game. So I get started, but I am not too clear on what I am supposed to be doing. I try following the walkthrough, not all of which works as seems to be intended, and some of which involves verbs I am pretty sure I would not have thought of on my own. (FLIP?)
Vespers would be doing something cool with all this chapel-desecration.
Round about the time I am taking a packet from inside a bell which I flipped over for I don’t know what reason, it occurs to me:
Where is the Cybercow? I was promised a Cybercow.
Sometimes the game stops for no reason I can work out. A little while later it resumes working. Are these intentional realtime pauses? I guess so. Why are they there? They are not enhancing my experience of the game. Of course, my experience of the game is mostly typing in the walkthrough, so I do not like pauses that impede my progress.
Ah, here is the Cybercow. CyberCow, I should say.
It is roughly at the point where I give the snail to the cow that my will to continue gives out. I do not understand what is going on, puzzles don’t make sense, story is nonexistent, the pauses make even typing in the walkthrough a bit laborious. Meh. And I feel sorry for the snail.
Might be better on the real ADRIFT runner, though, so I am not going to score this one.