Review of "I Must Play"

I Must Play is a TADS 3 interactive fiction game and is © 2004 by Geoff Fortytwo.

Review by David Welbourn

Did anyone else gets the icky squirms from the premise? Eight year-old boy snot has own private personal video arcade? And top of the ranking board, too. Why are the older boys so mean, indeed? I'm surprised they haven't dropkicked you into the street, you annoying munchkin.

That said, I liked this game. I was forced against my will to like it. Most of the game is surprisingly well coded, and the puzzles were just the right difficulty level for the comp. I was won over. Dammit.

(Note: This game does share one fault with the extremely similar The Homework of Little Carl Gauss by Stefano Gaburri, in that objects from the virtual worlds inexplicably remain in your inventory when in the "real world".)

Rating: 8.

✍️🏻 See my handwritten notes.