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Game #2588
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Persistence of Memory    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: IF Competition Favorites
Interactive Fiction   Real-time IF

Rating: 7.25 (4 votes)

Persistence of Memory box cover

Persistence of Memory screenshot
One of the most compelling, "experimental" entries in the 1998 Annual IF Competition, Persistence of Memory is an evocative game that takes place in only one room for the whole game. You play a soldier, separated from your unit and lost in enemy territory – or are you? The introduction is very well written, and justifies the game's one-room-only approach very well.

Because of the game's spacial limitations, the puzzles come to you in this one. Each puzzle must be solved, often within a certain number of turns, if you are to survive. Luckily, all of the puzzles make sense and have intuitive solutions, though in some of them it's not clear what the deadly moment is until it arrives, which means a save-and-restore tactic is necessary sometimes to overcome the strict time limit. Overall, Persistence of Memory is one of the better one-roomers ever written, although it feels as if the designer felt more constrained by this limitation than challenged to create ingenious puzzles to overcome it. Recommended for the high experimental quotient that almost paid off.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Jason Dyer
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1998
Software Copyright: Jason Dyer
Theme: Modern
None that we know of
System Requirements: Hugo
Where to get it:   IF Archive
Related Links: Paul O'Brian's review
If you like this game, try: Shrapnel, Aisle, Rematch

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