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Cruise Reviews
Author: Pierre
Date: 2003
TADS 2


What does AIF stand for? Adult Interactive Fiction. If you likely to be offended by games with sexual content, you are advised not to read further.


Reviewed by A. Bomire

Basic Plot

You are a steward on a cruise ship, whose job it is to keep a deck full of passengers happy. And there are plenty of passengers. The game takes place on the final day of the cruise, ending at midnight.

Overall Thoughts

This is the first of two games written by Pierre, both of which are multi-branching adventures. This game is timed, which can sometimes be a bit of a pain because you can't really spend as much time as you'd sometimes like performing some actions. But, it also leads to excellent replay value because it is practically impossible to see everything in the game in one go. This more than makes up for the limits forced upon the player by the timing.

Puzzles/Game Play

The puzzles in this game aren't really that difficult, except for the fact that the player is given a limited time to discover the solution. If you are one of those players who spends a lot of time looking under and behind things and basically exploring every aspect of the game, then you will have a hard time finishing this game in the time allotted. Also because of this, the player may
need to play through the game a couple of times simply to find the timing. For example, you may not know that at 11:00 AM something takes place, until being at the right place at 11:00 AM (by the way, nothing important takes place at 11:00 AM). Once you know this, then you will need to either UNDO a bunch of turns or replay the game to solve whatever puzzle needs to be solved before 11:00.

Sex

There is a lot of sex in this game, and due to the nature of the game you cannot see all of it in one game, no matter how much you might try. Not only is there a lot of sex, it is very varied: one-on-one, threesomes, bondage, incest, spanking... just about everything you can think of. Even more, your partners will interact on their own - with you, or with other partners (if they are
available). Much of this game has to do with bondage, spanking, whipping, and other BDSM topics. If this isn't your cup of tea, then you can skip it - but you will miss a lot of the game. Overall, the sex is well-written and hot.

Technical

There are some technical errors in the game. Most of them are the picky sort: the wrong punctuation, extra spaces in the dialog, referring to a woman by the wrong name. I was able to generate some odd responses to a couple of commands and even a TADS error, but nothing that was game crashing.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed this game - both for the varied characters that you meet, and the way the game replays. There are a few games that have multiple paths, but in my opinion none are done better than Cruise. And if you enjoy this game, you might want to also check out Pierre's prequel, Weekend.

Rating: A


 


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