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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 A. Ninny
Out of the thirteen games submitted for this year's mini-comp (and twelve reviewed here), I felt this one best accomplished its goals and at the same time stayed within the spirit of the comp, that being a small game quickly establishes the story's background, plot line, characters and the motivations for those characters, and at the same time provides an outlet for the author's vision of his character's sexual exploits. To me, a game like this is what the mini-comp is all about. It doesn’t feel like a fragment of a greater game, nor a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am quickie.
I wasn't really bothered by the lack of puzzles, or that most of what you do up until the sex starts is read as events unfold. I think the reason I wasn't bothered is that I could relate to the characters and I wanted to see them get together. So that BBBen took me almost straight there without a bunch of mucking about with guess-the-verbs or poorly thought-out puzzles was reasonably welcome, especially on my first play-through. On subsequent plays, however, I found it did get to be thin, simply lacking stuff to do.
As far as the sex goes, the sex writing was fairly good, and I was pleasantly surprised that the sex scene was varied and you could move from place to place for different actions based on where you were in the house. One thing I missed was a greater variety of verbs, for instance you could 'lick tits' but not 'kiss tits' or 'suck tits,' but that is nitpicking at this point, especially since nipples were differentiated from tits (almost never seen and I wouldn't have known about it without the readme) and feet were also implemented as a sexual body part.
Normville High scores and mini-reviews:
Concept: 7.5: Well thought-out and complete storyline that was at least fairly realistic.
Characters: 9: Definitely the strong point of this game. I actually really wanted the PC to get together with Sam.
Technical: 7.5. The game is fairly complete but lacks sufficient sex verbs. Also, it is not technically ambitious, hence a reasonably, but not extremely
Playability: 7. Same issue as technical, but I lowered the score since the game has almost nothing to do until the sex scene starts.
Hotness: 8. The sex was more complete than most games, both in terms of the immersiveness of the descriptions and the variety of body parts and settings.
Enjoyment: 8.5. This game scores highly because it very nicely fulfills the requirements and spirit of the competition, and the sex is hot.
Reviewed by Purple Dragon (Inside Erin: The AIF
Community Newsletter Volume 6 Number 5 - May 2010)
Samantha Bryar is the girl of your dreams. Beautiful, intelligent, talented, in short, way out of your league. But when lies spread by a biter ex-boyfriend turn her into the school outcast you find that a kind word and deed might be enough to make your dreams come true.
This game took first place in A. Bomire's 2004 AIF Mini-comp and as such you might suspect that it's pretty good. Well, your suspicions would be right, it is pretty darn good. Not a lot in the way of puzzles, but plenty of hot sex and a good story more than make up for that.
The game starts with a pretty large info dump. If you're not familiar with the term it means that there is a lot of text at the beginning of the game with very little interaction from the player. I know that some people have stated the opinion that they don't like this, and at this point would probably be talking about how it is a point against the game. For my part, I liked the beginning quite a lot. It is very hard to just drop someone into the middle of something and have them feel like they have any idea of what is going on. I think that the info dump is more than excusable if the author uses it to sketch in some background and/or tell you a bit about the characters, and in this case the author uses it very well.
By the time the game proper begins you already know quite a bit about both the PC, and the object of his affections. You know some of their history and motivations. You know who they are and what they want and -- at least in my opinion -- you care about them and what happens to them. Accomplishing that is a tall order during the course of an entire game. To accomplish even a hint of it in what basically amount to the introduction is amazing.
The game doesn't have much in the way of puzzles. In fact, I can really only think of one and it's a pretty ridiculously easy one at that, but since this game is much more about the story and the sex that didn't bother me a lot.
Considering how small the game is there is quite a bit of sex in it. The sex starts in the living room and once you've done everything you want to there you can move on to the bedroom and do it all over again. Every command has a unique response in each room so there is no wading through a flood of repeated comments to get to the new stuff. Not only that, but the commands seem to escalate a bit in the second scene, which is only logical.
Most of the responses are fairly small, one paragraph descriptions, but these are broken up nicely by some rather lengthy (and hot) responses for the -- er -- more advanced sexual actions. The responses for actually having sex are also repeatable, which means that between the two scenes there are a total of eight unique responses covering a variety of sexual positions.
As far a negatives go I could talk about how unlikely it would be for one act of kindness on the part of the PC to cause Samantha to open her heart and legs to him so quickly. Yes the background has been set and I can certainly see this happening as time goes by but would it happen this quickly? Well, in real life? No, of course it wouldn't, but as I've mentioned in the past this isn't real life, and keeping that in mind I think we are given more than enough to allow us to suspend our disbelief and enjoy ourselves.
The game is technically clean with only a couple typos jumping out at me. On the other hand, it's certainly not very technically ambitious so I wouldn't really expect to find any major bugs. The environments were a bit sparse and the PC was minus one important piece of equipment that it nonetheless talks about him using often enough, but other than that I have no complaints.
If you're looking for a game with clever, thought provoking puzzles, then you best keep on looking. However, if you're looking for short, fun little game with a good story, well developed characters, and a lot of great sex then this is the one for you.
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