IFReviewed by Andrew Plotkin on 2006-06-25 09:28
The first room description goes like this: "This is a living room with a burning fire in the Hearth. There are rooms to the East and Northeast, Southeast, South and exit to the West, and a fireplace. There is also a small hole where the wall joins the floor, but you can't get in it or put anything in it."
The capital letters, I think, are used for words the game knows. I think this because the game doesn't know the word "hole". I mean, yes, the game says outright that I can't interact with the hole. But the authors seem to have missed the point of IF twice in three sentences.
Also, if I get into the fireplace, it tells me that I'm burning up. I don't actually burn up, however. Z, z, z, z. Nope. Still not burnt.
No, I'm wrong about the spurious capital letters -- they go away after the first room. Mostly.
Okay, this is one of those "we threw in everything because we were playing with the development system" games. Not intended to make any sense. Right.
I am not particularly motivated to solve this. Walkthrough time. Blah, even following the walkthrough seems like more trouble than it's worth -- particularly since I ate both cookies. Don't know whether that makes the game unwinnable, but since everything is screaming "Meaningless" at me, I give up.