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Interactive Fiction
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The Temple

Author: Johan Berntsson
Language: z-code
Genre: Surreal
Score: 9

As a fan of H. P. Lovecraft, the Lovecraftian-style IF really appeals to me, as this game did. It's nowhere near on the scale of Anchorhead or even Theatre. Still, as an IF comp game its size and length are a good fit, and I didn't feel that "The Temple" overall suffered because of it. The author really does a fine job of capturing Lovecraft's literary style and use of grim imagery. Mind you, Lovecraft is not simply about horror, and most of this game doesn't really fit into that category. He has a wealth of stories about dreams and alien landscapes, and this game feels like a mix of the two styles. However, this means that if you don't like Lovecraft, you may not care for this game. The NPC you encounter eventually is a reasonable implementation. Its artificial intelligence is not stellar, but certainly not bad. And the puzzles you encounter don't feel all that out of place, considering Lovecraft's penchant for the bizarre. The game as a whole, I found, was a great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.

(View this game on Baf's Guide to IF or The IF Ratings Site)

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