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The Second Guest Reviews
Author: GoblinBoy as "ShadowDance88"
Date: 2007

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 David Whyld

This I was never really sure what to make of. The background story was taken straight from a cheap porno film: author with writer's block heads off a villa to finish his novel and then, out of the blue, along comes this sexy young thing who has a habit of parading around in very little and sunbathing topless. I can't say I really cared for the setting. It seemed a little too, y'know, fake for my liking. And then there was the sexy young thing who appeared every bit as dim, shallow and one dimensional as the worst NPCs in AIF games. I walked in on her while she was changing half a dozen times, I continually asked her about sex and I even snuck into her room one night and snogged her while she was topless - and she *still* hung around and made me breakfast the next day! Later on she wandered into my room and discovered I had been writing something pornographic about her and yet rather than being offended by it in the same way that, say, every other woman in the world would be, she was actually quite flattered. Damn, I wish women in real life were like this.

The writing was weak, the gameplay uninspired. Most of the difficult tasks are highlighted in the text to you, making it kind of pointless having them as tasks in the first place. If a command has to be highlighted to you, why not just carry it out without the player needing to even type it?

I didn't finish it. I lost interest partway through and couldn't seem to find any real enthusiasm to continue. A lot of the game seemed to run on a series of timed events meaning there was precious little to do most of the time aside from sit there and wait for something to happen. Never a favourite idea of mine.

Arousal: flaccid.

Reviewed by Softiron

Yes!  Shadowdance gets it.  A simple story about an author who uses his friend’s cabin to finish his story, this is what good AIF is all about:

Enough background to make you interested in the characters.
Plenty of build-up to make you want to chase the heroine.
Relatively verbose descriptions that most games gloss over.
Several alternate paths that lead to a whopping twelve different endings.
Mega-variety in the sex with little that’s repetitive
A genuine story that isn’t entirely predictable

And all this with just three rooms and three characters.  This is the best AIF comp gave I’ve ever played.

So naturally, The Second Guest stormed to 1st place on my ballot.

Stroke Meter: 


Reviewed by Grimm Sharlak

We’ll start off with my favourite game of the comp; The Second Guest. This game is a classic tease situation, with the player moving into a secluded holiday home to try and overcome his writer’s block. Before spending even one night in the house, a beautiful young woman named Clara appears downstairs and soon has the player falling all over himself to get into her pants.

This game, while not exactly a new story is a perfectly executed “tease” game. Clara leads the player on, building up the sexual tension as the game goes on. And luckily, the build-up is worth it as the scene with Clara is not only well written, but intricate with the game keeping track of positions and other factors, ensuring replayability as well.

Rating: A


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