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Author: Eric Mayer (The Invisible Man)
Woody's One Hour Game Comp Reviews - Posted on
Reviewed by Woodfish
Authors deserve feedback, so here are my reviews of the
games made in one hour, up on the ADRIFT site. Note that these are one minute
THE GREEN PRINCESS---------------------
Very short game. Bit of GTV. Quite a humorous idea, decent effort. 6/10
A MACHOISTS HEAVEN---------------------
Funny little game, fairly good considering it was made in an hour. Some good ideas. 7/10
MICROBE WILLIE vs. THE RAT-------------
Different idea, not that well executed. Room descriptions too short, good concept, though. 5/10
HIDEOUS HOUSE OF HORROR----------------
Quite good, decent puzzling adventure, pretty well made. 7/10
PRINCESS IN THE TOWER------------------
Very good for a one hour game. Funny in places, some good descriptions. 8/10
EVIL CHICKEN OF DOOM-------------------
Quite funny, good ideas, fairly well made. 7/10#
A MONKEY TO MANY!----------------------
Quite good, but has some GTV and is very short. 7/10
JASON vs SALM--------------------------
Nothing much too it, only good feature is the ability to choose your player. 4/10
Not very good, not much to do. Not very well made. 2/10
PICK OF THE BUNCH: Princess in the tower by Davidw
Reviewed by David Whyld
THE GAME TO END ALL GAMES
After the Death Agency start, this picked up quite well and used several interesting ideas. Well worth a look. 6/10
THE GREEN PRINCESS
Quite a bit of guess-the-verb and descriptions were sparse. But for a game written in an hour it wasn't too bad. 4/10
A MASOCHIST'S HEAVEN
Quite amusing if a little hard. Descriptions were pretty decent. No masterpiece but certainly worth playing. 5/10
MICROBE WILLIE vs. THE RAT
Interesting enough idea but the sparseness of the room descriptions left a lot to be desired. 3/10
EVIL CHICKEN OF DOOM
My favourite (well, I can hardly choose my own now can I?) Very comical and some quite good puzzles. Actually better than some of Mel S' full length games (bigger too). 6/10
A MONKEY TO MANY!
Certainly well written. But too short, even for a game written in an hour. 6/10
JASON vs SALM
Interesting idea in that you can pick which character to play but not really much of a game besides that. 4/10
Not even a game, just a collection of pictures. Even for a game written in an hour, this was bad. 1/10
OVERALL FAVOURITE: THE EVIL CHICKEN OF DOOM
Reviewed by by Deathworks (Trier, Germany)
First off: The link seems to imply that the game was involved in some form of time-limited competition. My review of this game which satirizes one of the more well-known European fairy tales does not take such circumstances into consideration but rather focus on a normal player's perspective.
Since I started in that corner, I will begin with the weaknesses and then get to the good points.
The implementation is rather limited with focus on the objects directly involved with the puzzles. As the game itself is somewhat streamlined and not attempting to invite major explorations by the player, this is not too much of a problem. The nouns you need to refer to are more or less obvious, so things should work out alright.
Most of the descriptions don't overwhelm you but they are not badly written - they are just a bit short/minimalized.
Finally, the game is extremely short - whether you consider that a fault or an advantage depends on your needs, of course. Its brevity certainly invites people to give it a try since even if they do not enjoy it in the end, it does not take up that much of their time.
On the positive side, the basic idea behind the story (who you are and what you want), as well as the outcome of the story are quite nice and I really like them, which is why I am a bit sad that the game itself is so short.
As a point of warning, the game has a bit of attitude. It is not really vulgar or anything, but people who are really sensitive about such stuff might be put off by it.
So, in the end, while I don't think it is something everyone should have played, I believe that it is a nice option if you have a few minutes you want to spend with a very short and simple piece of IF.
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