Those of you who have been following along know that I decided to play all of Infocom’s text adventurers in chronological order, writing about my experiences as I go. While I will mention historical information when useful, my main area of interest is a 1980’s consumer’s experience of the entire…
In Infocom’s The Witness, atmospheric prose and packaging meet narrow, shallow implementation: is it high noir or a bête noir?
Warning: this post contains unmarked gameplay and story spoilers — including and up to the ending. If you wish to experience these things for yourself, stop reading now.
So long to this cold, cold part of the world
Warning: this piece contains open gameplay and story spoilers, including the end of the game. Turn back now if you wish to discover these things for yourself.
Never before has replacing two shorted cables been such a complicated affair. A…
From packaging to puzzles, what is the total Suspended experience?
Warning: unmarked story and gameplay spoilers lie ahead. Stop now if you want to experience these things for yourself.
The folio edition package of Suspended is, without question, the best of Infocom’s entire catalog. The featureless white mask, while uncanny…
Infocom’s horrific re-envisioning of the blind men and the elephant
Warning! Open spoilers for gameplay and story — including the ending — lie ahead.
Implemented by Mike Berlyn
Marc Blank and Mike Berlyn: collaborative partners over the years
Since Mike Berlyn’s first Infocom game is next on the schedule, I thought it would be fun to share some info about him. He is the the author/implementor of Suspended (with Marc Blank making some major changes to ZIL to…
Starcross may be niche, but its my kind of niche.
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In the games final turns, the Prospector propels themselves through zero gravity with the recoil of…
Inside both the box and the text of Starcross
The folio edition of Starcross is not a folio. It’s not even a box. It’s a white plastic flying saucer. Never mind that the Prospector’s ship, the Starcross, isn’t a flying saucer, this package is the most expensive, sought-after Infocom collectible…