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Freshman Orientation Reviews
Author: Villainy
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 play a college senior who has arrived at school early for the express purpose of scoring with a few of the hot new freshmen during their orientation.

Overall Thoughts

The high school or college fuck fest has become something of a cliché setting in the AIF world. Of course, it’s a cliché because it’s a damn good setting. Being a mini-comp entry the author didn’t really have space to flesh out the campus, but it still works as a way to get us from point A to point B.

Puzzles/Game Play

There are a few fairly simple puzzles leading up to the main event. They are logical for the most part. In fact, a couple of things are maybe a bit too realistic, in that if you get caught carrying any incriminating evidence it could mean an abrupt halt to the game. I actually like this as it shows that actions have consequences in the game environment and it works well.

Sex

I really liked the descriptions of the body parts, and considering how short of a game this was I was pleased to see that even though she wears three different sets of clothes throughout, the descriptions change accordingly. The sex itself was pretty good, but I found many of the segments to be shorter than I would have liked. I had just typed in what I thought to be the final command, fully expecting the game to end, when I realized that I had one more opportunity to enter a command. There are five options for that last command, and you should save right before so you can go back and read them all like I did. Here is the length that I wanted earlier and those final five options are the best and hottest descriptions in the game. It was a nice touch and a great ending.

Technical

There were a few bugs in the game, although nothing that would keep you from finishing it. I found the command to actually get Becky into your room to be a little less than intuitive. I was actually hitting all around it, but it took awhile to hit it on the head. Most of the bugs that I found were more humorous than annoying, and while it still knocks a few points off, most of them were forgivable, especially for a first time author.

Final Thoughts

Although a bit bland and lacking much of anything in character development, this is still a quick, fun little game with some hot sex writing, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

Rating: C

 



Reviewed by A. Ninny

Freshman Orientation is a game in which you play a college upperclassman who still lives in a freshman dormitory, presumably so he can have sex with newly arrived freshman women for a few days before his own girlfriend returns. Most seniors I knew who lived in the dorms weren’t the type of guys who could easily pick up freshman women, so from the perspective of my own cultural bias, the very concept is questionable. But this is AIF, so we take what we are given.

Unfortunately, what we are given here is a game filled with bugs and puzzles with no direction. What leads us to the fact that we are supposed to show Becky the pool? She never mentions having to go swimming, at least not in the obvious things to ask. Once you ask her about swimming, sure… As far as bugs go, the only way to avoid them, it seems, is to know exactly what to type from the beginning through to the end. If you don’t, it is easy to get trapped by following a bug path in no-way-out situation. A round of beta testing could have definitely cleaned the game up.

The sex writing is actually better than I expected after fumbling through the opening scene. This is obviously where Villainy spent most of his effort, and it pays in the end – you can almost forgive the poor execution of the game’s introductory and puzzle phases. There are decent descriptions of body parts and actions, and the five closing command options are a nice touch.

Scores:
Concept: 6. It’s a setting for the PC to meet the NPC. It isn’t the hottest, but it works.
Characters: 3 The PC is a little rounded, but Becky is pretty much totally void.
Technical: 2.5 The game has a lot of bugs.
Playability: 4. There are traps related to the bugs from which the game cannot be completed.
Hotnesss: 6. Better writing than some, especially owing to the final five options.
Enjoyment: 5. Very average effort overall.

Freshman Orientation is scored 7th overall.


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