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Gifts of Phallius 1: The Baron's Plot Reviews
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Reviewed by Grimm Sharlak
Set in a medieval/fantasy style setting, you play the role of a guard for Baron Jalafar, as part of a spying mission for King Goldik. The oft-suspicious Baron has been acting even shiftier lately, and the King has assigned you to keep an eye on him. The action’s been mostly in watching over doorways so far, but in recent weeks it’s become clear that the Baron has been planning something, and it’s beginning to be put into action…
For a first game, Plot is a great effort. It has some interesting sexual scenes, decent puzzles and genuine humour. Progress can be difficult at times due to the linearity of the game, which can lead to frustration. The sex scenes, however, are quite good and aside from the last, are finite due to plot considerations, which is a nice touch.
To be honest, the biggest problem with Plot for me was “why can’t I do this?” As it turns out, the question should instead have been “why can’t I do this yet?” The puzzles, while straightforward, are essentially linear. The most baffling for me was trying to hook up a guard so I could get him out of my way, but I couldn’t do anything about it until I had completed some unrelated tasks. While it doesn’t make the game unplayable, it can be quite frustrating to be faced with a puzzle you can’t
complete (even though the game hints that you can) because you’ll upset the plot of the game.
Other than that gripe, however, the puzzles are mostly straightforward and won’t tax players too much. Getting all the points, however, is more of a challenge and it’s good to see some inventive sex commands being included.
Speaking of which, the sex in Plot is of a high quality. This is a sex-charged game, and despite the political intrigue you’re embroiled in, the main character is still a horny bastard. Each scene is quite detailed, and of a decent length, especially the final scene, which is a good reward for completing the game. The scene with the Baroness may cause some folk distress, however, as it involves transforming your man parts into… non-man parts. However, it’s not a big part of the scene and just another “spell” in the game.
Aside from the linearity issue, I encountered no real bugs in this game. A very good level from a first game.
This game has a little something for everyone, a bit of humour, a bit of political intrigue, some interesting transformations and even a couple of areas that are pitch black, in good old IF tradition. No grues, though.
There are three separate endings, but you select them at the end, rather than your actions affecting the outcome.
This is a great first effort from GoblinBoy, and I’m definitely looking forward to Gifts of Phallius 2.
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