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Thorn Reviews
Author: Eric Mayer
Date: 2003

Reviewed by David Whyld

Very well written and a surprising amount of depth for such a small game. I played the game through the first time without really understanding what it was all about and even after finishing it I'm still a little baffled.The game focuses around something called the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury although just what the Thorn is supposed to do I wasn’t entirely sure. There is a strange dream sequence towards the end of the game which seems to imply (though I could very well be mistaken) that the Thorn has supernatural powers and curses all who come into contact with it.

Strangeness aside, this was certainly a well written and interesting game and my personal favourite of the competition entries.

8 out of 10

Reviewed by David Welbourn (11 Nov 2005)

More of a short story than a game, you play someone in search of a mysterious thorn bush that has an obscure religious significance. Puzzles are almost non-existent; the main exception is the need to ask the NPCs about specific topics in order for the plot to continue. But after you've found the thorn bush and learned what it does, you may wish you hadn't. You'll have a choice to make, and only you can decide if you made the right decision.

Note: this game was originally written in Adrift for the Davidw's Minicomp 2003, and later ported to Inform. I've only played the Inform version.

Rating: ***

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