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Author: Optimus
Date: 2002
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 open these files.


Reviewed by Purple Dragon (Inside Erin, Volume 6 Number 2 - February 2010)

Basic Story

You awake quite pleasantly in your girlfriend's bed with her - er - taking care of you. Life is good, except for the fact that at first, you can't quite remember the lovely girl's name. In fact, all you memories seem to
be pretty fuzzy.

Overall Thoughts

You might have noticed that I copped out and didn't list a game type above. That is because this game kind of defies classification into one of the categories that we usually use. It is not T&AIF, because although it
does have sex in it, that does not really seem to be the main thrust of the game. On the other hand, it is not a puzzle fest either. It does have a couple of puzzles, but they are not hard, and do not really run the game.
So what the hell is it?

In my opinion this game is all about the story. The PC starts out knowing next to nothing about himself or the other characters. This knowledge is drip fed to you throughout the game through exploration of the
environment, and dreams. It is a very effective method of telling a story as you try to figure out what is going on along with the PC. The atmosphere and pacing of the game is wonderful as well.

Puzzles/Game Play

As I mentioned above, there are a few puzzles, but I doubt they will give anyone any problems. If you do get to a point where you don't know what to do next then paying attention to background messages about
what the other characters are doing should be enough to point you in the right direction. In addition to providing hints, the background messages add to the atmosphere of the game by making it appear that the
other characters have lives of their own.

Sex

The sex in the game is a bit different from a lot of other games. Not in the sense of the scenes themselves, but rather what you have to do to get to them, which is pretty much nothing at all. I say 'them', but there is
really only one interactive scene in the game. I've heard rumors that earlier versions of the game allowed another, but I never played an earlier version so I can't say. There are a couple other little snippets to keep
your motor running, but sex really isn't the focus here. However, that is not to say that what is here is not well written and titillating.

Technical

I think that it is probably clear by now that I like this game. There are a lot of good things going on, and the overall sweep of the game is impressive. However, all that is not to say that it doesn't have its share of
problems. First and foremost, it is a very short game. I really wish that the author had taken the time to develop the game even more. The mystery of who the PC is, and what is going on in the house eventually
unfolds no matter what you do. It would have been nice if the player were forced to take a more active part in uncovering the mystery.

There are also a lot of areas where the environment was not developed enough. The room descriptions are good, well above average in my opinion, and you can pretty much at least refer to everything mentioned in
them, which is a step in the right direction. However, the responses to a lot of things are too curt, giving the feeling that the author just didn't want to deal with it. This normally wouldn't be all that bad, but
because this game is so short, the environment so small, and mostly because of the nature of the game itself, I wanted to do more exploring and poking around than the game would allow.

Final Thoughts

I don't know if everyone will like this game. If all you play these for is the sex then you might be a bit disappointed. Even though I really enjoy the occasional sex-for-sex-sake type game, I also like games that
try to be more than that sometimes. This game is about the story and atmosphere. The sex fits in well when it appears, but does not even pretend to be the main thrust of the game. Better implementation and a
lengthier story would have made it even better, but as is, it is well worth a play.

Rating: B-
 


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