Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Duel (a review

"Duel" is a web based interactive fiction by Piato, entered in the 2015 interactive fiction competition.

The PC is a wizard, in a duel against another wizard.  You have a short list of spells to choose from, though you can use each one only once.  Through a series of failures and restarts I was able to figure out which spells were more or less effective.  I managed to make it to the third test before consulting the walk through for a complete solution.

Spells and their effects are described in verbose prose, some nicely written, some almost incomprehensible.  In all, I think this is too densely written to convey a sense of danger or urgency which I would think should be the desired mood in this type of story.

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