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Train Reviews
Author: Sly Dog
Date: 2005
ADRIFT 4.0


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 (Inside Erin, Volume 1, Number 7, August, 2005)

Basic Plot: 

The action takes place on a train during an evening commute. The PC spots a nubile female passenger and coerces her into an impromptu tryst. 

Overall Thoughts: 

Iíve always felt that Sly Dog could be a good AIF author. His writing is decent and his story ideas are interesting. His downfall in the past has been that his games have never been technically clean. Train, while certainly not glitch-free, is better in that respect, largely, I think, because it is much smaller than his previous two efforts. For you players who have written off Sly based on his gamesí bugginess, I suggest a play-through of Train. Your time investment is small, and you should get some enjoyment from it. 

Puzzles/Gameplay: 

One interesting thing about the game is that it has a branching story line, and that which branch you take is determined by an apparently random function inside the game. Other than that, the gameplay is fairly linear and simple, though there are a couple of guess-the- verb problems that could cause vexation. 

Sex: 

Sly Dogís sex writing is pretty strong, and I thought the game was reasonably hot. The semi-willing Emma is pretty fun to play with, and the way she goads then takes care of the male NPCís is nicely done. 

Technical: 

There are some issues, especially guess-the-verb problems, and a number of annoying bugs, so I canít, sorrowfully, say that Slyís cleaned up his act. Additionally, Slyís site indicates the game was not beta-tested. Tsk, tsk. 

Final Thoughts: 

I think Sly has a way to go in his technical implementation of ADRIFT, and after numerous games, itís disappointing that he still doesnít really get it. Still, this game is better than most of his previous efforts and is worth a quick play (or several Ė to get all the story branches). 

Rating: C


Reviewed by BBBen

ATTENTION: I am very conflicted about including this one. It's a very buggy game and contains n/c themes, and I don't know if I can recommend something from out of the darker corners of the back catalogue. The game does leave an impression, however, and maybe it'll at least provoke some discussion...

In this game the player is a passenger on a train who decides to grope another passenger. Sly Old Dog was controversial for releasing a lot of games which were not just untested but largely incomplete. This was during a time when there was a lot of pressure to improve the quality of AIF and purge it of the often embarrassingly poor output that was common. If Sly Old Dog was only known for Train, however, then he might be better remembered, as the game experiments with some random branching elements (what the girl chooses to do in response to the player's groping). Before you play it make sure you're okay with the concept and with the fact that it's poorly technically implemented. Don't blame me if you don't like it, though feel free to critique the game in the comments below. Oh, and play it in ADRIFT 4, as the ADRIFT 5 runner makes it unplayable outright.


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