Review of "Escape from the Starship Zenon"

Escape from the Starship Zenon is a Z-machine text adventure game written with Inform 6 and is © 2000 by Andrew Gawthorpe. It was released as shareware with a suggested shareware fee of five UK pounds.

Review by David Welbourn (originally posted at Baf's Guide)

Alas, this game is not worth your time, and definitely not worth the five pounds that the author's asking for. The premise is you've been accused of, um, "multi-planeterial murder", and tossed into a, haha, "high-security" brig of a starship. It's so high-security they lock the key in with you. And you murdered who, you ask? Like it matters. You'll meet no less than five other people on your way to freedom, and not one of them cares that you're a mass murderer on the run.

But we're on a starship, right? Cool stuff to look at? Why, sure. Just take a look!!:

>x controls
A load of buttons and switches.
The Controls is currently switched off.

Exciting, isn't it? As you might imagine, there are lots of spelling and grammar errors, sparse furnishings, sparse handling for non-optimal actions, puzzles that only work because the author said so, and lots and lots of empty hallways. Oh, well. The game is short and uses the word "knobkerrie", so it's not completely without merit.

Rating: ⭐️

🔑️ See my walkthrough. ✍️🏻 See my handwritten notes.