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Train Reviews
Author: Sly Dog
Date: 2005
ADRIFT 4.0


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


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