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IF Comp 2007: Across the Stars - The Fine Art of Tactical Retreat

Oct. 6th, 2007

04:07 am - IF Comp 2007: Across the Stars

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Oh, thank the gods, a good game! A nicely written SF game about pirate attacks and the protag's stranding on an alien planet.It is quite traditional in a good way, with fair and clean designed puzzles, deep implementation and a lot of things one can miss if one isn't observant.
Yes, the story could probably be deeper, but there is nothing wrong with a game just trying to let the player have a good time.
Plus: Shiny feelies and as much hints as one may need or want.

There are only two flaws in the implementation: Firstly the verb "activate" should have been implemented. Secondly you can encounter a game breaking bug - if you use the detonator and just wait it out instead of moving into another room, some error messages appear, the landscape doesn't change as needed and you are stuck.

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From:nou
Date:November 23rd, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I was less keen on this one. I didn't think the puzzles were entirely fair, but I'm not all that great at puzzles so the problem might be me rather than the game. I need to play through it again before I can review it fairly.

It actually lost me at the point (in the optional section) where I got given screeds and screeds of not-very-interesting-or-original made-up creation myth to read. So a little further on, when I found a trap I couldn't get past even using the hints, I decided I couldn't be bothered carrying on.
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From:houseinrlyeh
Date:November 24th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
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It actually lost me at the point (in the optional section) where I got given screeds and screeds of not-very-interesting-or-original made-up creation myth to read.
And I strolled past the optional content my first time through and only got to it in a replay.

I'm normally not very good at puzzles either, but (judging by the reviews of this and other games) seem to have trouble with puzzles most other players breeze through and in turn breeze through puzzles many others find difficult.
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