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Author: Woodfish
Date: 2003

Reviewed by David Whyld (1)

A strong contender with anything written by Heal Butcher for weirdest ever Adrift game, “Forum” is about… well, the Adrift forum and what happens when a newbie asks for help and drifters all over the world are abducted as a result. You, as Bob the Newbie, are chosen to save the drifters. With me so far?

I'm not sure where the idea for “Forum” came from (I'm not even sure I want to know) but it’s certainly an interesting and original one that I’d never come across before. You, in the role of Bob the aforementioned Newbie, have to trek around a strange landscape defeating members of the forum who have become evil and in doing so free them from the clutches of the evil one responsible for all carnage, who happens to be… the person who wrote the game. Still with me?

If you can get around the sheer weirdness of “Forum” it’s quite very amusing and witty and contains more than a few decent ideas for a game written in an hour. It isn’t a hard game and is very linear but it certainly made me grin a few times.

Reviewed by David Whyld (2)

I wasn't entirely sure what to make of this game to begin with. The intro was certainly interesting: a virus has been unleashed which has spread across the world and infected all ADRIFT members, leaving them as mindless slaves for the evil one behind the virus. You, Bob the Newbie, are ADRIFT's only hope. 

Still with me so far? Good. After that cringe-worthy intro, the game gets quite a bit better. You head off to defeat the evil one, armed with nothing but common sense and all round knowledge of certain ADRIFT forum members. The latter proves to be quite in solving one of the puzzles (would non-ADRIFT members know to smack DS490 with a pair of clogs?) and it also helps with some of the in jokes which are scattered around the game. Anyone unfamiliar with the ADRIFT forum would probably not have a clue what was going on. 

Nicely written, Forum is a remarkably bizarre game which never makes much sense or even attempts to. It's also a short game which in hindsight is probably just as well because the idea, while comical for the time I played it, would more than likely wear thin very quickly. 

6 out of 10 

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