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Game #4634
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Gourmet    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: IF Competition Favorites
Interactive Fiction   Conventional

Rating: 6.33 (3 votes)

Gourmet box cover

Gourmet screenshot
Every annual IF competition has at least one game that fits the following description: a game with wonderful writing, immersive atmosphere, and fun puzzles - all overshadowed by flawed coding and some annoying bugs. Fine Tuned was such a game for the 8th Annual IF Competition, and this year sees Gourmet take that spot. The game casts you as an aspiring chef who has to prepare several delicious courses.

The writing is wonderful - the command "X ME" for example gives you the (always humorous) state of your character's desparation, which gets worse and worse as the evening progresses. The puzzles are all logical, well-designed, and evoke some very memorable scenes - at one point in the game you will be wielding a mop against a menacing lobster that dangles from a ceiling fan. The game is very well structured, too: you concentrate on preparing one course at a time, and the courses gradually increase in difficulty.

Given a wonderful setting, unique premise, and strong writing and puzzles, it is unfortunate that Gourmet is marred by some annoying bugs and little problems that add up to hamper my enjoyment a little bit. So if you expect IF games to be perfectly coded without a typo in sight, wait until future releases of the game. But for anyone who has enough patience and tolerance for a charming game that may not get everything right, Gourmet will delight you from the first course to last. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Aaron Reed
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2003
Software Copyright: Aaron Reed
Theme: Humorous
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Inform
Where to get it:   IF Archive
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If you like this game, try: Fine Tuned, Tinseltown Blues, She's Got a Thing for Spring

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