Jane is an ambitious story-oriented IF that deals with one of the most difficult real-life topics: domestic violence. The game is very well written, and covers a comprehensive array of important issues that are relevant to the problem. You interact in the game mostly by choosing what to say from a list of multiple choices, although what you say does not seem to alter the final outcome. |
Perhaps the impact of Jane would be much greater had the game offer more interaction with NPCs, and a wider range of options instead of steering you through a strictly linear path to the end. So as it stands, I can't give Jane a Top Dog tag, but I feel the game deserves a mention on this site because it is a bold and heartfelt effort to expand the horizons and the purpose of IF as an art form, and as such is a laudable game. Here's hoping that we will see more IF titles in the future that take this kind of risks. If you don't think a text adventure game can be anything but a fun diversion, you owe it to yourself to give Jane a try.
Reviewed by: Underdogs