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Harboro - Review

Review by Denk

Ratings

Parser/Vocabulary
6
Atmosphere
6
Cruelty
Tough
Puzzles
7
Overall
7
Written:
22-04-2021
Last edited:
Platform:
unspecified

(UnQuilled z-code version reviewed)

According to the brief introduction, you are Inspector Francis and your task is to find a murder weapon somewhere in the small English town Harboro. The story is mainly an excuse for a small puzzlefest in a small English town, which is perfectly fine. So, even though you are an Inspector trying to solve a case, you will come across a little bit of magic and you will also have to break the law at some point, to solve the game.

The game is in the old-school tradition, so there are many locations (almost 150) and there are a few rather small mazes too, which isn't really challenging, but I think they give a sense of exploration.




Parser/Vocabulary (Rating: 6/10)

Standard fast two-word Quill parser but no guess-the-verb issues.

Atmosphere (Rating: 6/10)

The many locations give a sense of exploration of a small realistic town, though the descriptions are fairly short.

Cruelty (Rating: Tough)

I have noticed that the game can be unwinnable in at least one situation, but then it quickly becomes clear to the player that it has.

Puzzles (Rating: 7/10)

Several rather simple but fun puzzles. I needed help with 20% of the points. Looking back, I could probably have solved 85% of the game without help but probably not 100%. Personally, I don't mind using hints/walkthrough for small parts of a game, though ideally, it won't be necessary.

Overall (Rating: 7/10)

Overall, this is a fun game I recommend, though not as complex as Dorothy Millard's later games, such as The Great Aussie Adventure.