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IF comp 2009 – The Believable Adventures of an Invisible Man

October 19, 2009

Oh yeeeeeeesss.  I’m gonna be invisible.  Girls, girls, girls <woo-hoo>

Who can say in all honesty that they’ve never thought of invisibility as a cool type of semi-super-power?  Huh?  Huh?  Of course you have.  Just think of the girls.

You know i’m right.  And did it cross your mind that you can see stuff, but stuff can’t see you?  Huh?  Huh?  Of course it has.  Just think of the girls.  Did i mention that already?

And then there’s not just the looking either.  Nobody can see you.  So you could touch stuff too, but stuff won’t know it’s you.  Just think of the girls.  I might have mentioned that already.

Any-hoo!

Lets play.  Oh, and…  Just think of the girls!

Oh, how distressing.  I’ve already been playing for at least a minute and still no sign of any girls.  What am i supposed to ogle here?  What’s to surreptitiously touch?(who said that?)  Seriously, though.  We find ourselves in our lab, already invisible, with another potion here that we can’t drink because we’re already invisible and we can’t take because if we carry things around while we’re invisible, it appears we’ll draw attention to ourselves.  Fair enough.  Me thinks this is the sign of many, many puzzles to come.

And i was right.  It’s not badly done, all in all.  But as someone who’s not the greatest puzzler in the IF universe, i just knew it wouldn’t be long before i’d hit the walk-through.  As it was, i did manage to hold out ’till the third restart before i realized that the puzzles in this one, although not on the brink of impossible by any stretch, were going to require more time and input than i either had, or was prepared to put into this one.  That’s not to say it’s not enjoyable in its way.  It’s just not that enjoyable. And there are some really annoying features.  When at the university, i was really starting to get angry.  I mean, what’s with the constant messages telling me there’s a door in the way?  Does the invisibility potion make me stupid too?  Surely i still know how to open a door.  If it’s locked, fair enough, give me the stupid message,  but so far none of them have been, and yet i still don’t seem to be able to get anywhere without first typing ‘open door’.  Note to author: this is unnecessary, and very, very aggravating.  Now, be told.  So there! <Hmmph!>

OK, there seems to be a bug at this point.  From the corridor, i enter the boss’s office, getting both the room description and that really annoying message telling me i can’t enter because the door is in the way.

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Corridor
Since all these corridors look alike, you have put a mark on this part of the wall to recognize the door leading to your lab – which can be found in the north wall. Another door leads west to your boss’s office. The ceiling light is flickering a bit… annoying you to no end.(i know the feeling)

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Adrenaline is rushing through you as you take the step into your boss’s office. There is nobody in there. Damn! You had hoped your boss to be here so that you could personally have your revenge on him. Now you have to think of something else… but access to his office should provide enough opportunities.

You can’t, since the boss’s door is in the way.

I decide to try going out and coming back in again to see what happens.  Since i went west to enter, i try going east to exit,

only to find,

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You can’t go that way.

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Corridor
Since all these corridors look alike, you have put a mark on this part of the wall to recognize the door leading to your lab – which can be found in the north wall. Another door leads west to your boss’s office. The ceiling light is flickering a bit… annoying you to no end.(really know the feeling)

Yep! i’m actually still in the corridor.  Only now does it tell me that the boss’s door is in the way(without first telling me i’m in the boss’s office).

>w
You can’t, since the boss’s door is in the way.

>open door
Which do you mean, the lab door or the boss’s door?

>open boss’s door
It seems to be locked.

It’s locked this time too.  I just walked right in before, even though the Mr stupid message appears once i’m standing in the office.

It’s worth mentioning at this juncture that i probably would have been more forgiving of this type of thing if the author hadn’t annoyed me so much by forcing me to type ‘open door’ at every opportunity.

Well, i’m afraid i’m going to cut and run on this one.  The game is probably a lot more enjoyable for all you geniuses(or is that genii?) out there that instantly see the answer to puzzles like these.  I suspect you have to have a certain type of brain(or perhaps just, any brain) to persue them to the end.  I’m afraid, they just frustrate me a little.

As an extra note.  Due to the 2 hour max. limit on playing before scoring a game, i’m pretty sure i would play on further in many of these puzzly types if i weren’t rating them for the comp.  I’m just useless at puzzles, unless i have endless hours to fiddle around.

Also.  Where the hell were the girls?  Am i alone in wanting some girls.  I’m invisible here.  Anyone…?

Have a fluffy one.

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