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Deanna Reviews
Author: Optimus
Date: 1999
TADS


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 Valentine Kopteltsev

A remake of an old X-Trek game "A Night with Troi". You are on date with Commander Deanna Troi, and just have to... uhm... make love to her, and enjoy yourself. It's not a traditional text adventure, so that there aren't any puzzles in the usual sense of this word; however, the author implemented objects that might be interesting to play with, and to find out how they could be involved in your activities with Deanna, so that you'd probably need to strain your brains from time to time when playing this game. The whole thing is done with great care, and has lots of various responses to your actions. The only NPC (Deanna) is animated much better than characters are in most pornographic games; in fact, she seems almost like a real person (given the context of the game). All in all, this work is a pretty good specimen of the genre.

Rating: ****


 Reviewed by  A. Bomire

Basic Plot
This game is based upon an earlier work, Badman's classic 1991 A Night With Troi, one of the original "A Night With" or "One Night Stand" games. The game is set in the Star Trek universe, specifically "Star Trek: The Next Generation". It involves you having an evening's encounter with Deanna Troi, the ship's counselor, in her quarters.

Overall Thoughts
Despite being based upon an earlier work, this game stands out on its own. It shares with the original work the title character and the setting, but everything else is new and even improved. This game is written using the TADS authoring language, a vast improvement over the original AGT game, along with the MMX library. None of this means anything to the player, other than the fact that the play is much smoother and the "guess the verb" problems practically non-existant.

Puzzles/Game Play
The game starts with you in Deanna's quarters, and she is obviously ready and willing to begin any sort of action you desire. As such, there aren't really any puzzles with regards to "scoring" with Deanna. But, don't let that deceive you! The puzzles lie in finding all of the little extra things you can do with Deanna - in the living room, the bedroom and even the bathroom. And those puzzles, while not very difficult, are just difficult enough to make you work for your reward.

One of the puzzles does involve a little "guess the verb", but that was the only one I could find. The rest of the game play is smooth and typical of what we've come to expect from modern AIF games.

Sex
In this type of game, the only type of scenes ARE sex scenes. And Optimus doesn't disappoint. The scenes use a building arousal system, where the more you interact with Deanna, the hotter she becomes until her climax overcomes her. Sometimes using this system can lead to tedium as the same responses are repeated over and over until climax. This is true of Optimus' descriptions, but he varies them so that you don't always get the exact same response, so it isn't too bad. The scenes described are also much longer than is typical for a game using a building arousal system, which also helps.

As I mentioned at the top under "Content", there is also some light bondage and spanking in the game. These scenes aren't required, so if this isn't your cup of tea then you will have no trouble playing the game and skipping these encounters.

Technical
Other than the small "guess the verb" problem with one of the hidden extras, I could find no technical problems with the game.

Intangibles
As good as this game is with the normal sexual encounters with Deanna, the true fun of the game is finding all of the small hidden things Optimus has placed within the game. There isn't a huge treasure trove of hidden items, but the ones that are there are fun and interesting enough to make it worth your while to find them.

Final Thoughts
I enjoyed this game when it came out, and hadn't played it in a while when I decided to review it. When I did, I rediscovered the pleasure I'd always found in playing the game. There isn't the long, drawn out quest or brain-racking puzzles you'll find in other games, and that isn't always what I'm looking for when playing a game. True, I enjoy those games as well, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for a quick, fun game. If that is what you are looking for, then this is the game for you.

Rating: B+



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