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Camp Windy Lake Reviews

Author: Christopher Cole
Date: 2002
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 4 Number 9 - September 2008)

Camp Windy Lake (V1.2)

Basic Story

It's your last year as at Camp Windy Lake. In additional to the normal camp activities of sports, swimming, and ghost stories around the campfire, you have one very specific goal in mind this year. Barb is the head female counselor. You have lusted over her, fantasized about her, and now it's time to try to do something about it.

Overall Thoughts

This was Chris Cole's first game and it's a fairly ambitious one for a first attempt (15 character and about 25 rooms). Most people tend to start smaller for a first game and it is usually a good idea, but in this case, I think he pulled it off. The game is not perfect by any means but it avoids any game-killing bugs (that I could find) and it's fun.

If you have not played the game yet and are planning to, you should know that the underage theme is very prominent throughout. The PC is a 14 year old boy and most of his sexual encounters are with his fellow campers who are the same age, or even younger, than himself. It is basically a coming-of-age story, although, since this is AIF, a very unrealistic and oversexed one. Taken in that spirit there is some enjoyment to be had here, but if you have a major problem with underage sex in any form, then this is definitely one you should
skip.

The additional content that I list above should be much less of a deterrent to playing the game, since the only way you will be subjected to any of it is if you actively seek it out. You're not into rape? Then don't try to rape anyone
-- simple.

Puzzles/Game Play

There is nothing really fancy about the puzzles in the game, but nothing really bad about them either. They are mostly of the "find item/give item" variety. Talking to the characters (especially Simon) gives you clues about what you need to do to "unlock" each girl and in some cases, you don't need to do anything at all.

The game is fairly open and, for the most part, you can make your conquests of the girls in any order you like with the exception of Barb. Since she is the ultimate goal, consummating your relationship with her is the end of the game. There are also one or two of the girls who can be interacted with in more that one location, which is a nice little touch.

Sex

There are both good and bad things about the sex in this game. First, there are a lot of different girls and I think he did a good job of distinguishing each of them. They vary in age from 12 to 19, in appearance from skinny to voluptuous, in personality from shy to bitchy. None of them are particularly deep characters but they at least feel different from one another rather than just
the same girl over and over again.

The sex itself also varies from girl to girl. Some encounters are limited to just a couple of actions, while others give you much more freedom to explore. I like this because following the same pattern (kiss girl, rub tits, rub ass, rub pussy, lick tits, etc) over and over again tends to get boring after the second or third girl in a single game.

If I have a complaint about the sex in the game it would be that there is not enough of it. Or rather, the number of commands is fine, but I would like to have seen a bit more detail in some of the key scenes.

Technical

The game has a few technical problems but for the most part they tend to be minor ones. The environment is pretty sparsely furnished, mostly limited to the items that you will actually need to finish the game. There is also the classic clothing mistake that most of the games from this era (at least those that used clothes at all) suffered from. The PC starts out wearing shorts and a t-shirt, but you can remove them on the first turn, leave them in your cabin, and play the entire game naked. Characters will not respond to your nakedness and indeed, at times the game still mentions that you are dressed. A common problem but not really that much of a big deal.

One thing that was a bit more annoying is that there appears to be a problem with some of the synonyms in the game. In most games the commands, "touch [girl's] tits" and "rub [girl's] tits" do exactly the same thing. Actually, that is the case here as well -- most of the time. In a couple of cases you must use the word "touch" since "rub" will simply not be recognized. Even here,
the areas I found this problem are not key to finishing the game so you can get around it (although not with the max points).

Final Thoughts

The variety of girls and sexual situations gets a thumbs up. For the most part, the game is lighthearted and fun to play. Although lack of detail in some key scenes and a few technical problems knock off a few point, it is still well
worth the trip.

Rating: B-

 


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