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Game #2585
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Phlegm    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: IF Competition Favorites
Interactive Fiction   Conventional

Rating: 8 (6 votes)

Phlegm box cover

Phlegm screenshot
Paul O’Brian, IF reviewer extraordinaire, says it all about Phlegm – one of the most underrated entries in the 2nd Annual IF Competition: “A thoroughly whacked-out romp through realms of surrealism only barely touched on by Nord and Bert, Phlegm is pretty low on logic, but quite high on goofy gags. Perhaps its funniest moment comes in its opening screen, where it bills itself as "An Interactive Interactive"; it's the kind of joke that's only funny the first time, but since it *is* the first time, it worked for me. Also, in spite of the author's assurance that it is impossible to make a mistake that renders the game unwinnable, I managed to do it, and I wasn't even trying! (For the record, it's because I put the toy elephant in the cart and then torched it with the flame-thrower.) Phlegm wasn't really straight-on hilarious, but provided a number of smiles nonetheless, and even its puzzles were logical in an illogical kind of way. In many ways, the game is like its opening joke – lots of fun in the moment, but nothing that bears repeating.”

Overall, the game is recommended, despite the fact that the abundance of jokes that are funny only at first read make the game’s replay value rather low. Anyone who enjoys a small, witty IF with a lot of crazy ideas and puzzles will enjoy Phlegm.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Jason Dyer
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: Jason Dyer
Theme: Humorous
None that we know of
System Requirements: Inform
Where to get it:   IF Archive
Related Links: Paul O'Brian's review
If you like this game, try: YAGWAD, Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I., Downtown Tokyo, Present Day

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