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Interactive Fiction
Role-playing Games


Author: Ian Finley
Language: TADS2
Genre: Dark science fiction
Score: 9

This is a 1997 comp game that I played by itself. At first I had trouble getting into it, but after checking the general hints, I realized that I'd glossed over an important part of the text and soon dived right in. The game follows the popular scenario of a main character with no memory trying to reconstruct the events of the past. The story tends to outshine the puzzles, which are generally subtle and relegated to the background. Which is fine with me. Lately I've found that overpowering puzzles don't have the same gilded sheen that they used to. So Babel depends heavily on atmosphere and its developing back story. While the game ends on a rather bleak and depressing note, it was very satisfying nonetheless.

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

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