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Old 12-19-2012, 09:20 PM
Dahak Dahak is offline
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Not surprised that Hitchhiker's couldn't be included. Although I notice that Nord & Bert is also missing. Pity that Sherlock, Arthur, Shogun and Journey are missing too, but I assume the licensing for most of those must be prohibitive.
I think Shogun and Hitchhiker's are the only two that Activision doesn't own the rights to (or isn't PD in Sherlock's case), but the missing ones all are later Zcode versions, I believe.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:20 PM
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Not to mention Bureaucracy, Zork Zero and Beyond Zork are missing as well. Wish this collection was a little more complete.

Although it would be cool if you could import some of them in if you legitimately own the game already.

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Old 12-20-2012, 03:57 AM
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I loved these as a kid (the Enchanter trilogy was my favorite), but I have Frotz installed and I don't like having to type so much on a touchscreen. I may still end up buying it, but not right now. Maybe after the Christmas sales.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:17 AM
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Awesome stuff. I'm missing Shogun though. Will check it out.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:26 AM
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Not surprised that Hitchhiker's couldn't be included. Although I notice that Nord & Bert is also missing. Pity that Sherlock, Arthur, Shogun and Journey are missing too, but I assume the licensing for most of those must be prohibitive.
Journey is one of my fondest gaming experiences of all time. It wasn't a pure text adventure though, and I recall even some of the puzzles were visually driven. Is there a game in this collection that is like Journey, or are they all pure text adventures?
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:49 AM
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This is a pretty sweet deal for fans of these games. It's unfortunate that they don't have the rights to HHGTTG, though. But the game engine itself is working well (imho, better than frotz due to the integration of maps and clues), the base app is free, and the fan service features are great. I love that they included 3D models of the game boxes, or even things like the zorkmid coin, and didn't just stop at pictures of maps.

Some things initially confused me. The smallest font size setting is still pretty big - but then I found out that pinching lets you make it much smaller than that in game. Autocomplete works very well (start typing, then press space or return to complete) but it won't complete long words - because you don't need to; e.g. it might autocomplete "leafle" instead of "leaflet" because that's as many letters as the game cares about anyway.

Since text adventures are such a specific nostalgia niche, I'm not sure I'd recommend this to anyone, but it's free to try and the most complete experience you're going to get.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:38 AM
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I'll just stick to playing on PC... I'm finding the keyboard the problem here, it takes up half the ipad screen, it sure would have been nice if the game had its own small keyboard built in.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:28 PM
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This was an instabuy for me. I was surprised that this has 3 pages of comments. I was not sure many people would enjoy these anymore.

I shudder to think how many times I have purchased these in 1 form or another over the years - beginning with floppy discs I think.. I got the Scott Adams adventures on cassette for my TRS 80!

After being frustrated with the interface in Frotz, I am looking forward to having a hopefully much improved interface, and I guess the app maps for us as well? I enjoyed that when younger, but don't feel the need for it so much anymore.

I'm off to be eaten by a grue....
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:09 PM
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No! I still haven't finished Avadon; Autumn Dynasty remains unplayed; I haven't even bought BG (waiting for UI fix); and am 3/4 through FFIII and FIV was released today; then Lords of Midnight was released, and now I find out Infocom adventure games that I was unable to play during my youth (C64 cassette deck - couldn't afford a disk drive back in the day), aside from Zork and HHGTTG.

Zork series? Wishbringer series? AMFV? Planetfall and Starcross? All for the price of 6.99 as a one-off purchase? My inner youth is weeping with joy. IF does not get better than Infocom.

For anyone new to Infocom, be warned: each game has a rating from beginner to expert. The ones classified as 'expert' are very, very hard indeed!

Added to 'wish list'. As much as I miss my girlfriend (in China for another 4 weeks), she couldn't have picked a better time for me to have a lot of time on my hands. 2013 gaming is hereby suspended! I'm far too busy with 2011 / 2012 gaming!

Days of ZZAP64 and the White Wizard. Good lord! The 'Cold War' still existed and the Berlin Wall hadn't yet toppled when these were released! Like Lords of Midnight, this isn't just a nostalgia trip - if you like these type of games, then these stand the test as classics. IF adventure games started my interest in RPGs (including a brief but disasterous foray in LARPG - which saw me being chased across the hills and dales in Northen England (Uni days), by people waving long, pointy objects screaming, "KILL THE ONE IN THE PINK DRESS!". Actually, it was fuschia; and I was a proto-metrosexual, before David Beckham even thought about wearing a sarong).

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Old 12-20-2012, 08:14 PM
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Since text adventures are such a specific nostalgia niche, I'm not sure I'd recommend this to anyone, but it's free to try and the most complete experience you're going to get.
I'd probably recommend it to fans of Gamebook Adventures and "Choice of..." apps, as they both feed the need to read.

For my part, I love this collection. Code Mystics have outdone themselves.
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