Everybody does it, it seems, after they've been around long enough and the brain rot has taken hold.
They write up the articles they've written up.
So I've written some stuff, I've drooled on a number of pages. And it's all really just a bunch of words
|GAMES I'VE WORKED ON|
|These are all legit puzzle games in the tradition of Adventure and Zork. They all can be solved (unless there are bugs whoopsie). (And they all should have little stickers at the end saying "I spent 500,000 hours solving this game and it wasn't worth it" but except for Rain of Dead Cats, they all don't, because I never got around to it, bad me. If anyone bugs me about it maybe I'll add some.)|
How Hard Can These Games Be?[edit | edit source]
They're "click-link" games, right? You start in a "room" in the "dungeon", and all you can do is click one of (a few) links to choose the next "room" to go to. Right? So, how hard can it be? Try all the possibilities, you're done, right?
Eh .... no.
In Zork, there are lots of "word choice" or "hidden idea" puzzles. Like, at some point you have to just type Give the egg to the thief, out of a clear sky. How you're supposed to guess that (short of hearing about it from someone else who played the game) is sure not clear to me. Obviously, that sort of "puzzle" is not possible in any of these games, because all the things you can do are right there in front of you, in the list of links you can click.
But again in the Zork series, in Zork Zero, there is a dead end: A road ends in a stone wall. To get past it, you must go to two other remote locations and pick up two halves of a "key" and you must then fit them together, and then bring the completed "key" to the stone wall. That is a "sequence puzzle" -- you need to do certain things in sequence in order to get through it. And that kind of thing sure exists in the games on this site.
So, for instance, just as a kind of hint .... in the Celestial Pirates, you need to find your way to Boston Harbor. That's not hard -- click enough links and you'll get there. But there's some exploring which you can do (or you can skip) along the way, and in the course of exploring, there's some stuff you may pick up. And it's stuff you'll need when you get to Boston Harbor. If you don't have it, well ... some things just won't be possible. The possibilities won't even appear on the menus.
You probably are starting to get the idea....
And in case you're wondering about how your inventory of stuff is tracked, and how the game "remembers" what you have and have not done ... Every "room" is actually cloned many times over, where the only difference between the clones is your inventory list and a set of flags which contain your game state. (And that is why these games can't be edited by hand.)