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A Day At the Office Reviews
Author: David Whyld
Date: 2003
ADRIFT 4.0


Reviewed by Amby

Great Fun - and Replayable 

This game was my favorite entry in the one-room competition. I happily played it several times, trying to improve my score. Well written, a great read, a fun play, and a good use of Adrift. Highly recommended.


Reviewed by Emily Short

Very similar in structure and setting to the author's game Paint!!!, A Day At The Office is a short, goofy office comedy which will probably need several replayings before you'll get the best possible score. I found the sequence of actions slightly more sensible than the ones in Paint!!!, but otherwise they're very much on the same wavelength. 

A Day At The Office suffers from some of the usual ADRIFT parsing problems, but makes a nice snack-sized game if you're willing to deal with that. 

Rating: **** 


Reviewed by Mad Monk

INVENTIVENESS: [ 5 ] PLAYABILITY: [ 7 ] MECHANICS: [ 7 ] ENTERTAINMENT [ 8 ] 

Comments: 

Fun game. Remember to put in some text for what happens when you haven't got a task requirement fulfilled, I was screaming bloody murder at the computer because I couldn't plug the telephone in, and it didn't know what I was talking about. Then it turned out that I hadn't yet examined the cabinet that time through the game. The game, for some reason, didn't end once I finished my work and was appointed God. 

Score: 27 of 40 


Reviewed by Hordriss

This game is set against a time limit. You have so many moves to figure it out, and to be honest it's got me stumped.

I've done everything I can think of, and I'm unable to find the telephone socket, the pencil or the desk key, and I'm guessing some or all of these are vital to getting the good ending.

Also, a little bit of GTV, as it will accept armchair and comfy armchair, but not chair. And it will accept telephone but not phone. I also noticed one very minor typo.

That said, despite the frustrations I've had in figuring it all out, the author has done very well in getting a lot out of a single room and I very much enjoyed the writing. It's written in a very humourous manner and the style of humour is right up my alley.

3/5, as although I found the gameplay (and the very well hidden items) frustrating, the writing was very enjoyable
 


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