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Easter Egg Hunt Reviews
Author: Ian Thomson
Date: 2010
ADRIFT 4.0


Reviewed by Lumin

At first glance, this game written by a newbie plays exactly like a game written by a newbie, with all the ’my first gaem’ mistakes I’ve seen time and time again when these things pop up on the adventures page. From a gameplay perspective the biggest problem of course were that the descriptions and puzzles were all but non-existent, something that will usually immediately make me quit with the thought that I’d be putting more effort into playing the game than the author did into writing it. But since this was a comp entry I pressed on, and discovered even worse problems with the plot, which apparently started out as an attempt at a classic Christmas folkstory I’ve heard a few versions of, but then devolved pretty much immediately into some of the clumsiest sledgehammer preaching I’ve ever seen, so much that I can’t help but wonder whether the author was for real or not. (I became even more confused a few minutes ago when I looked them up and saw that they’d written ’Igor’ as well, a flawed but still pretty decent game.) 

So while I’m not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, the only positive thing I can really find to say about this one is in noting the nice sound effects that were added for different rooms, though that kind of attention to a welcome but unnecessary detail while the much more important ’text’ part of the text game was all but ignored is somewhat baffling in itself. In the end, my advice to the author is the same as it always is in these situations: it’s best to play a few games before you attempt to make one of your own, just like a wannabe novelist needs to do plenty of reading before they’re comfortable with writing. Go to Baf’s Guide, pick out some good IF and some bad IF, get a sense of what works and what doesn’t. (And if you’re serious about the Christian fiction thing, try Eric Eve’s All Hope Abandon and Paul Panks’ Jesus of Nazareth...see if you can tell the difference. :-p ) 


Reviewed by Deboriole

I thought the description of this game looked pretty interesting - I mistook the title to mean a pagan treasure hunt through the forest. Upon playing I quickly realized that Easter Egg Hunt is a literal, Christian-themed hunt for eggs -- complete with a crucifix and a crown of thorns. There are a few characters in the game, but you do not have to persuade them to trade items with you. A simple "get object" will suffice and you can take (or give) all game items to any character. I admit I did not play the entire game because I managed to find more than half of the eggs simply sitting on the ground. It was not as much of a "hunt" as it was a collection process.

I read the walkthrough after I quit playing, and there is more depth to the game than I found, but I am still not tempted to go back and finish.


Reviewed by By Duncan_Bowsman

And then there's the Easter Egg Hunt, which fell completely flat for me. The game is apparently attempting to preach Christianity or something (a turn-off for me), and does it in a sledgehammer kind of way that is neither persuasive, nor does it ever fully eclipse into parody. I kept expecting maybe there would be some comedic twist at the end, but as I played on I realised I couldn't bear to read however much more was left in order to find out.


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