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9:05

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Adam Cadre 2000
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

You wake up from the phone ringing. A voice tells you you were supposed to start your presentation at the office at 9. Your gold watch tells you it's already 9:05. Apparantely having slept in your soiled clothes, you ponder your next move...


Anchorhead

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Michael S. Gentry 1998
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

This inheritence came as a surprise: Even your husband Michael had never heard of these distant relatives of his before. Now, the last of the family Verlac has died and Michael is the only remaining heir of the nice estate in the small New England town of Anchorhead. Since this goes along well with his teaching job, you two decide to move there.


Being Andrew Plotkin

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J. Robinson Wheeler 2000
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Having received basically every honour and award there is in the modern day IF world, Being Andrew Plotkin is an adaption (or rather a 'reimagination') of the movie Being John Malkovich – with the person who probably comes closest to being something of a 'star' in the IF scene taking over Malkovich's role: Andrew Plotkin, author of many modern classics.


Body Bargain

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Amanda Lange 2012
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Body Bargain is an extremely disgusting game. Which is the highest praise I could possibly give it, because it is a game about revulsion. And it is not subtle about it. Set in an unspecified, but probably near future, it revolves around a pair of young sisters in the clutches of a plastic surgeon whose own body is his business card: He has become more cyborg than man. His services range from similar cases of replacement of individual limbs with artificial replacements or complete body replacements, ranging from metallic, as in his own case, to more naturalistic looks.


Byzantine Perspective

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Lea Albaugh 2009
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Although the annual IF competition is a great event, there is one big problem: Usually, the number of seriously buggy and broken entries is high. That leads to many reviewers' threshold for believing a game to be broken to be very low. Which means that sometimes, a game will be considered broken which really isn't. A trap which Byzantine Perspective fell into until word got around that what it made appear broken was in fact a big puzzle. In the end, the game placed in midfield, but it was a lot more popular with the other authors (who, by definition, are probably willing to put more trust into a fellow author's work), taking third place in the so-called Miss Congeniality contest (voted by the authors).


Castle Adventure

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Ben Chenoweth 2012
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Alert: Princess trapped in a dungeon below a castle; hero needed to rescue her! Castle Adventure delivers exactly what it promises: An old-school treasure hunt set first in a forest (where else?), then after a brief interlude in a cave going into a castle and its dungeon where you will encounter a mildly amusing, because completely politically incorrectly portrayed princess. Along the way, you will encounter predominantly undescribed or at least underdescribed locations which you have to map, nice and logical puzzles, mazes and lots of dead ends. To put it another way: It was a delight to play, because it did everything right – if you like this sort of thing which was heavily in style in style in the 80s.


Cold Iron

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Andrew Plotkin 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

A simple farmer is looking for his axe to chop wood. In the process, he has to enter the nearby forest which, according to his superstition, must be haunted. His naive viewpoint is sometimes contrasted by those of a clergyman – or rather the farmer's interpretation of that guy's views. Until a shift in perspective occurs in the last few turns.


Darkiss! Wrath of the Vampire - Chapter 2: Journey to Hell

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Marco Vallarino 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

I quite enjoyed the first part of this "saga" last year, so I was looking forward to this one. And then, the competition randomiser put it right at the bottom. Nevertheless, I made it! Anyway, there seems to be a jump in narrative compared to where the first one ended. There, vampire Martin Voigt had only just escaped his tomb. Now, he's already well on his way to fulfil his plans for world domination.


Die Akte Paul Bennet

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Michael Baltes 2015
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Not many people are still writing classic Text Adventures. Now imagine how few people are still writing classic Text Adventures in German. Those few who do form a small community which even meets in person occasionally, which is always very nice. People support each other during development, with advice, testing etc. What's not so nice is that the group of authors is virtually identical with the group of players. So the risk is always that your whole target audience already played your game during the beta phase! Michael Baltes is probably the most prolific author of German Text Adventures in recent years. His output is by far the most frequent. Due to the aforementioned circumstances, I will never be able to give most of his games a proper review, however. Die Akte Paul Bennet is one of the few games I have not tested in advance and which I therefore only know from pure player perspective. So let's use the rare opportunity!


Escape From Santaland

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Jason Ermer 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Publishing a Christmas-themed game in early October? Strange choice for sure, but then, the supermarkets are already full of chocolate Santa Clauses, gingerbread and stollen. I'm always wondering who is buying this stuff at this time of the year. On the one hand, sure, why not? But the inevitable effect is that you will be fed up with all this ultra-sweet stuff by the time Christmas actually comes along. But I disgress.



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