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Game #2940
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Weapon, The    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Interactive Fiction   Short and sweet

Rating: 8.12 (16 votes)

Weapon, The box cover

Weapon, The screenshot
The Weapon is a fun one-room piece of IF strongly reminiscent of Andrew Plotkin's classic Spider and Web. Both games require extensive use of gadgets, and both have a non-player character acting as your nemesis. Last but not least, in both games the plot unravels as you play, i.e. not until near the end will you realize what the game is all about (although to The Weapon's credit, the well-crafted HTML newspaper that comes with the game helps set the mood pretty well).

The plot in The Weapon is an all-too-familiar aliens-vs.-human cliche, but passable for such a short game. Puzzles are well thought-out and on the easy side, especially since there are no red herrings to distract you from the current puzzle you are trying to solve. There is, however, a built-in adaptive hint system to help if you get stuck.

The plot, which begins rather nondescript, soon develops into a "heavier" one as you play, and the self-discovery you make at the end will keep you thinking long after you finish the game. Overall, The Weapon is a fun short game ideal for anyone new to the genre, or IF fans looking for a short competition-sized game to finish in one-two hours. Recommended.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Sean Barrett
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2001
Software Copyright: Sean Barrett
Theme: Science Fiction
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Inform
Where to get it:   IF Archive
Related Links: Review at IF-Review (archived)
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Plant, The, First Things First, Spider and Web

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