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What does AIF stand for? Adult Interactive Fiction.
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Reviewed by Purple Dragon
General Information (on Vachonís games)
To save myself some time Iím just going to write this once and add it to all my reviews of Vachonís games (unless of course I find one it doesnít apply to).
Well, my mouth got me into trouble again when I posted on one of the boards that I would be willing to play and review all of Vachonís games. I imagine that I was drunk at the time but whatever the reason, Iím here to make good on my promise so that there is a written review of the games for anyone contemplating playing any of them. My suggestion if you are thinking about loading one up is donít. However, if you must then please realize that these games represent (by nearly unanimous opinion) the worst that AIF has to offer. You have been warned.
Iím not really sure what Vachonís native tongue is but suffice it to say that he has only a passing familiarity with the English language. As a result, just about the only responses you get that contain no spelling or grammar mistakes are the default messages supplied by Adrift. Iíve never before been so glad to learn that there is evidently no need for language like that (at least it was a complete sentence).
The spelling and grammatical errors range from merely annoying to nearly incomprehensible. Simply using a spell check of some kind would have at least cut down on some of these but
evidently such a thing did not exist when he was writing his games. Playing through his games gives me a bit of a headache because it actually reads almost like a foreign language that I have to translate as I go along to make sense of what is happening.
If all that is not enough to send you running the other way then please read on.
You are not the best student in school to say the least. One day your teacher calls you into her office after school. You donít know what you were expecting but it wasnít this.
This is actually not a terrible game (comparatively speaking). The fact that it is very short with only one character and two locations helps to keep the bugs down and it even has a plot (sort of). Let me put it this way, it makes sense within the bounds of an AIF game, which is something that most of his games cannot claim.
No puzzles here as this is ďA Night WithĒ type game. One character and sex, thatís it. But thatís ok.
The author breaks out of his usual linear trend and allows you to do the commands in pretty much whatever order you want. It is clear that he still had in mind the order in which you Ďshouldí do them since the text sometimes makes reverences to things that havenít happened yet or conversely, assumes something hasnít happened when it has. Still, itís a step in the right direction and although the sex is still a little bland, it at least makes sense within the construct of the game.
There are very few bugs here and the ones I did find were mostly minor. A big part of the reason is that, as I mentioned above, this is a very short, simple game but it was still refreshing to see. The game has a layered clothing system and it actually works. This is a huge step up for him and shows that at what would be close to the end of his AIF Ďcareerí he was making at least some attempt to improve.
The only really bad thing about this game is the one that inflicts all of his others, the language. Spelling and grammar errors, combined with sentence structures that clearly show that English is not his native language, turn what could have been a decent (if short and simple) game into another poor one. If you could somehow ignore the language problems you would find a good idea for a game with fairly good (if a bit silly at times) text and sexual descriptions. It wouldnít blow your mind, but you also wouldnít dismiss it immediately as crap. It is too bad that, as Iíve said before, it is simply not possible to ignore the language and too bad that he didnít see fit to work more or seek help on this single most important aspect of any game. After all, if you have to struggle just to tell what the text says, youíre not going to get much enjoyment out of the game.
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