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Frustrated Interviewee - Review

Review by Denk


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An old-school, still quite original parser game with good implementation except for two of the last puzzles which are more easily "solved" because of some bugs. The plot: You are at a job interview where you tell the interviewer about something you did, by playing through those sequences in standard text adventure style. The game is divided into two parts. The first part takes place in a 7-room apartment where you and your friends used to live and the second part takes place inside a computer game where you are a party of four with different abilities to solve puzzles. A quite enjoyable game despite a few bugs near the end, that did not ruin the game as they only made two puzzles easier.

Parser/Vocabulary (Rating: 7/10)

Quite good parser, considering it was made with ADRIFT 4. You can give commands to characters similar to: JOHN TAKE GUN. It is standard in text adventures that there should be a comma after the person's name but that doesn't work when playing with the ADRIFT 4 Runner, so leave out the comma.

Atmosphere (Rating: 7/10)

Not verbose but more verbose than old BASIC games. Descriptions are sufficient and the possibility to have new conversations with each party member (second half of the game) whenever you reach a new location, adds to the atmosphere.

Cruelty (Rating: Merciful)

Apparently, the game can not be made unwinnable.

Puzzles (Rating: 8/10)

Several nice puzzles, except for two puzzles near the end that appeared bugged and therefore too easy.

Overall (Rating: 7/10)

As the bugs do not ruin the game and as the game is otherwise well implemented with good puzzles, I decide to give it 7.