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Ratings by Karlok

Twelve Minutes


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 30, 2021 | edit | delete

Mutropolis


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jun 12, 2021 | edit | delete

Papetura


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jun 12, 2021 | edit | delete

Overboard!


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jun 12, 2021 | edit | delete

unmemory


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Rating by Karlok posted on May 5, 2021 | edit | delete

ENCODYA


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Rating by Karlok posted on Feb 18, 2021 | edit | delete

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension


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Rating by Karlok posted on Nov 13, 2020 | edit | delete

Void Breach


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Rating by Karlok posted on Nov 13, 2020 | edit | delete

Outer Wilds


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Rating by Karlok posted on Sep 11, 2020 | edit | delete

Longing, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 15, 2020 | edit | delete

Stonewall Penitentiary


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jan 30, 2020 | edit | delete

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise


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Rating by Karlok posted on Dec 31, 2019 | edit | delete

Jenny LeClue – Detectivú


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Rating by Karlok posted on Nov 7, 2019 | edit | delete

ZED


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 4, 2019 | edit | delete

Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 30, 2019 | edit | delete

Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jun 16, 2019 | edit | delete

Draugen


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jun 1, 2019 | edit | delete

Return of the Obra Dinn


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 8, 2019 | edit | delete

Cube Escape: Paradox


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Rating by Karlok posted on Sep 27, 2018 | edit | delete


Game + short movie = fantastic combination


I love the bizarre, surreal world of the free Cube Escape series. It’s all about atmosphere and mystery. Inspired by Twin Peaks. A cubelike room or set of rooms. Psychological horror. Dark humor. Strange creatures. An overarching story about a mysterious murder (or was it suicide…) First-person, but the protagonist is not always the same character. Inventory objects + stand-alone puzzles. Recurring themes, characters, objects. Changing the past and/or the future. Every game adds new elements to the Rusty Lake universe.

Paradox is the tenth game in the series and this time the developers added a short 18-minute movie. Scenes from the film are integrated in the game and vice versa. It also contains hints for extra achievements and secret endings. Very well done. 

The surrealistic world of Cube Escape allows you to jump right in, although you will of course miss references to previous games. Highly recommended. The first chapter and the movie are both free; the second chapter is only a few dollars.

 


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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

Technobabylon


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Rating by Karlok posted on May 10, 2018 | edit | delete

Painscreek Killings, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on May 10, 2018 | edit | delete

CHUCHEL


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 9, 2018 | edit | delete

House of Da Vinci, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Feb 28, 2018 | edit | delete

Death Gate


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Rating by Karlok posted on Feb 27, 2018 | edit | delete

Bunker, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Feb 1, 2018 | edit | delete


QTEs :(


I liked the old interactive movies, for instance TLC, but this one is not for me. I read the other reviews and I’m relieved that I’m not the only one who couldn’t make it past the last series of QTEs. Had to watch the ending at Youtube. The story is okay, I guess. The acting is a bit over the top at times.


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Time Played: Under 1 hour

Firewatch


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jan 13, 2018 | edit | delete

Gorogoa


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Rating by Karlok posted on Dec 15, 2017 | edit | delete

Rise of the Dragon


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Rating by Karlok posted on Dec 4, 2017 | edit | delete

Tacoma


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Rating by Karlok posted on Nov 9, 2017 | edit | delete

St Christopher's School Lockdown, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Nov 4, 2017 | edit | delete

Inner World: The Last Wind Monk, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Oct 31, 2017 | edit | delete


Challenging and entertaining


Highly recommended, I had great fun with it. But I agree with the AG review that the atmosphere is a little darker than the first Inner World game.


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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Hard

XING: The Land Beyond


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Rating by Karlok posted on Oct 13, 2017 | edit | delete

Darkside Detective, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Oct 13, 2017 | edit | delete

Thaumistry: In Charm's Way


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Rating by Karlok posted on Oct 13, 2017 | edit | delete


Modern "old-school" text adventure with excellent parser


Thaumistry is a modern “old-school” text adventure. There’s a background story, but the focus is on solving puzzles,  casting spells and interacting with NPCs. The puzzles are easy for the most part. I was stuck a few times though, and used the excellent context-sensitive hint system. I loved casting spells on everybody and everything to see the various effects. No dying, no deadends.

The parser is very userfriendly. So many unique responses to my input. Modern parsers are of course infinitely better than in the old days of Infocom and Magnetic Scrolls, but this one really shines. I would go so far as to call it forgiving: It even recognizes some common typos. New abbreviations like “a” and “t” are welcome additions and saved me a lot of typing. Another one is the command “recap” or “review”, which gives you a summary of current objectives and recent achievements. Very useful when you continue playing the next day and can’t remember exactly what you were doing when you left off.

Bob Bates’ TimeQuest, where you go back in time and witness/change important moments in history, is one of my all-time favorite text adventures. So it was a nice surprise that Thaumistry also refers to historical events, some of which I’d never heard of, and adds footnotes with links to relevant sites. Lots of nice references to his previous games too.

I enjoyed Thaumistry very much. Recommended for both newbies to text adventures and to older players with fond memories of the old Infocom and Legend Entertainment days.

Con: I wish the developer had done more with the story and the interesting concept of “Bodgers”. 


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Time Played: 10-20 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

Oxenfree


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Rating by Karlok posted on Sep 7, 2017 | edit | delete

Silence


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 24, 2017 | edit | delete

Orwell


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 21, 2017 | edit | delete

Shadow in the Cathedral, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode One - Zer0 Sum


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode Two - Atlas Mugged


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode Three - Catch a Ride


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode Four - Escape Plan Bravo


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode Five - The Vault of the Traveler


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Rating by Karlok posted on Aug 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Dream Machine: Chapter 1, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Dream Machine: Chapter 2, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Dream Machine: Chapter 3, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Dream Machine: Chapter 4, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Dream Machine: Chapter 5, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Dream Machine: Chapter 6, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

What Remains of Edith Finch


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Day of the Tentacle Remastered


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Rating by Karlok posted on Jul 14, 2017 | edit | delete

Stories Untold


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Rating by Karlok posted on May 30, 2017 | edit | delete


Awesome storytelling


This game is filled with suspense from the very first. Mysterious, creepy, mesmerizing. It’s not a real horror game, although there are moments it certainly feels like one. It features a unique combination of keyboard input and mouse clicking. The player uses his keyboard to type commands (as in a text adventure) and to solve puzzles. A must-play for every adventure gamer, if only to see how far the genre has come. I don’t often rate a game 5 stars, but this one deserves it IMO. Everything about it is good, music, sound effects, graphics, voices, but in particular the novel way the 4 intertwined stories are told. Loved the 4-5 hours I spent with it.

For people who are unfamiliar with text adventures: Don’t be alarmed, there’s much more to do than just thinking of commands to type, which is not hard in this game anyway.


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Time Played: 2-5 hours

Next BIG Thing, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Apr 27, 2017 | edit | delete

Thimbleweed Park


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Rating by Karlok posted on Apr 26, 2017 | edit | delete

Barrow Hill: The Dark Path


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Rating by Karlok posted on Nov 6, 2016 | edit | delete

Obduction


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Rating by Karlok posted on Sep 6, 2016 | edit | delete

Isabelle


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 13, 2016 | edit | delete

Touché: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Papers, Please


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Armikrog.


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Samaritan Paradox, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Golden Wake, A


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Valiant Hearts: The Great War


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Capri Connection, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Silent Age, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Contradiction


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

King's Quest: Chapter 1 - A Knight to Remember


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Lumino City


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Stanley Parable, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Toonstruck


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Cat Lady, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Her Story


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 12, 2016 | edit | delete

Deponia Doomsday


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 11, 2016 | edit | delete

Witness, The (Jonathan Blow's)


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Rating by Karlok posted on Mar 11, 2016 | edit | delete

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure


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Rating by Karlok posted on May 14, 2014 | edit | delete

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