IF Comp ’08: Violet (very spoilers)

Calm down. All you have to do is write a thousand words and everything will be fine.
Easy for you to say, game. This writin’ shit is hard and stuff.

Huh. Okay, I’m intrigued. I won’t claim to be crazy up on what’s what in the IF world, I mean I played most of the Infocom games, and I’ve played the other famous ones like Photopia, and Spider and Web, and Varicella and so forth, but I haven’t played everything, and this is only the second time I’ve judged a Comp. But this is the first time I’ve played a game where the Voice of the Game was actually a character in this way. Interesting!

Also, “HETERONORMATIVITY OFF” is a pretty awesome command to have, just for the five-dollar word.

Jeremy Freese is obviously well-familiar with the struggles of actually getting shit written.

Hmm. I think I’ve gotten most of this, but I’m stuck on the perfume.

> look under desk
Underneath your desk you see the amethyst-encrusted Sword Of Dissertator Melancholia.


> get sword
Wallaroo. I was just kidding about there being a hitherto unnoticed “Sword Of Dissertator Melancholia” under your desk.

Hahaha! Dick.

Hrm. Well, I dealt with the perfume. Now how do I convince the game (sorry, I mean Violet) to let me unfold the trophy?

Aha. Had to do something else first. Frankly, I had to get the hint for that, because it seemed so obvious to me that I was going to have to unfold the trophy for this purpose, I didn’t look for other solutions first. I’ll call that my failing, though.

I can’t even begin to tell you how often I’ve had to get naked, put gum in my ears and a clamp on my nose, and wear a furry three-legged space creature as a hat in order to get any writing done. This Jeremy Freese dude — he knows.

Wow. Okay. Damn. I will accept this as a good ending, but I’m not sure I accept it as a good prank. It’s a good thing that Violet seems like a pretty lovable lady, because I think a line may have been crossed here.

But anyway: this is an excellent little game. The puzzles are satisfying, the story is good, the writing is good (and no errors spotted), and the character of Violet was well-drawn with a believable voice. The implementation was very tight; no missing descriptions, plenty of synonyms.

Easily Best of Show so far. Okay, that’s not saying much. But still.

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