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Breakout Reviews
Author: Grimm Sharlack
Date: 2004
ADRIFT 3.9


What does AIF stand for? Adult Interactive Fiction. If you likely to be offended by games with sexual content, you are advised not to open these files.


Reviewed by Purple Dragon (Inside Erin Volume 5 Number 5 – May 2009)

Basic Story

You are a janitor (first class) in a government building housing an agency responsible for policing the increasing wave of extraterrestrials visiting Earth. When an exceptionally beautiful one is arrested and brought in you decide to help break her out, and hopefully get yourself some in the process.

Overall Thoughts

I liked the basic premise of the game, and the story and characters (particularly the PC) were fairly well fleshed out. The writing in general was also very high quality, which  just makes it more fun to play a game, even if you end up having problems with parts of it. It was an entry in the 2004 mini-comp and fit well into the rules, with good use made of the three room limit, and decent reasons give why you can’t wander around the rest of this supposedly huge building.

Puzzles/Game Play

This game is very puzzle intensive, which is why I added the “Puzzle Fest (PF)” classification, even though it is a mini-comp game, and would normally fall into the “A Night With…” category. I won’t say that I love puzzle intensive games, but I certainly don’t hate them either, and most of the ones in this game are fairly logical and well done. There are, however, a couple of exceptions to this, which I’ll discuss below.

Sex

The sex scene is pretty well done. Even though it is technically with an alien, and not a human girl, she is described as sufficiently hot that I doubt many people would object on that account. The downside of the scene is the length. Even though this was a mini-comp entry the scene seemed a bit short, and some people (particularly those who don’t like a lot of puzzles in their games) might say that the reward wasn’t worth the effort it
took to get there.

Technical

Technically speaking, there were a lot of good things about this game. There are a lot of objects, a lot going on in a relatively small space, and for the most part, a lot of attention to detail. Considering the fact that there are only three rooms, I still felt that it was a very rich environment. Unfortunately, there are a couple areas where things just didn’t work out the way that (I assume) the author intended them to. Specifically, one of the puzzles
had (at least in my opinion) a big guess-the-verb problem, and there is another area where it is possible to get to a place where the game becomes unwinnable.

Final Thoughts

The game had a good plot, good writing, and a good sex scene, although a little shorter and more prosaic than it could have been considering the fact that you are having sex with an alien that is supposed to be “born to fuck.” If you don’t like puzzles, this might not be your cup of tea, and a couple of guess-the-verb problems kept it from being as smooth as it could have been. Still, it’s well worth a play.

Rating: C+



Reviewed by A. Ninny

Finally, a game that has a series of puzzles that make sense. You must solve in order to proceed with the game, and they aren’t easy, either. Some of the actions leading to the solutions aren’t obvious, nor are they 100% bug-free, but in the end result, they ultimately work and you can get through the game.

“Breakout” is also stronger than most in having very good writing, a compelling story, rich game environment, well-described main character, and a plot that, while it revolves around a PC endeavoring to have sex with an NPC, carries us further than just the achievement of that goal. It also carries us further back in the game’s history, providing a long introduction and then several newspaper articles that help reinforce the game’s setting. The cleaning robot, while maybe maybe borrowed from the Vogon ship in “A Hitchhiker’s Guide” is a funny touch – it could have had more different actions to it, though.

Where it loses points in my judgment is that the sex is not thrilling enough, especially
considering that the NPC is of an alien race known to be the best lovemakers in the galaxy, or at least, “born to fuck.” Given that, I would have hoped for more than run-of-the-mill sex. What could an alien woman have to offer besides a longer-than-usual tongue? I don’t know, but the possibilities are endless and don’t have to be too off-the-wall, either. I would have also hoped to have seen more of the alien taking charge of the sex, considering who she was.

All in all, this author has a lot of imagination, can really write well, and I hope to see more of his work soon.

Concept: 8. this game has a backstory that develops and fits nicely while you play. Also, the
writing is smart and mature.
Characters: 7. The PC is fairly well rendered but I still have my doubts about the NPC - and she's
a prostitute.
Technical: 7. Objects in the game are described well and have good atmosphere. There are a few
weird bugs with a few objects, but I chalk them up to ADRIFT’s parser weirdness.
Playability: 7.5. Only a few very minor problems with objects, and one small bug, but one that
can get you stuck in an unwinnable situation.
Hotness: 5. I think that some additional time spent on the sex writing would have paid off
greatly.
Enjoyment: 7.5. Good story, writing, tough puzzles, environment & atmosphere. Only the sex
drags it down.

Breakout is scored 4th overall out of 12.


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