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IFComp Review: A Wind Blown from Paradise

Posted by Reiko on November 1, 2013

This is a review of one of the games from the 2013 Interactive Fiction Competition. (Posted in 2014 and backdated.) Scoring criteria can be found here.

Author: N.C. Hunter Hayden

Format: Glulx

The writing is full of wind imagery, as might be expected, but falls over the edge of vivid and into overly verbose right from the start. On the other hand, some objects are described extremely tersely, perhaps to indicate that they aren’t important. It’s not really a good sign to have the default description for the PC though. Nor is it a good sign to have the main action be exactly the same, repeated in three places, with exactly the same outcome each time.It would have been far more interesting to explore three different moments of the same trip, perhaps, instead of returning always to exactly the same moment. Actually, there are multiple endings based on two possible responses to each of the three places, but it’s not obvious without reading the general help what those responses should be, because they’re non-standard phrases, even for this kind of cerebral IF. A number of typos, even in such a short piece, add to the lack of polish.
The point seemed to be a sort of melancholy flavor, the sense of being unable to capture a good time from the past, but the execution of it was jerky and repetitive.
Score: 4
Scoring: base 7, -1 for intrusive typos, -1 for shortness, -1 for repetitive actions

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