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Game #5307
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Book and Volume    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Interactive Fiction   Conventional

Rating: 5.25 (8 votes)

Book and Volume box cover

Book and Volume screenshot
Book and Volume is a fun little IF romp by Nick Montfort, creator of Ad Verbum (one of my most favorite IF games of all time and the most clever "wordplay" games). Brian Kerr explains the charms of this charming gem - that will delight nerds and geeks everywhere - in the short-but-sweet review on his blog:

"What’s the game about? It’s about a sysadmin in the weird, charming cyber-Gotham of nTopia who spends the last working day of his/her/its life rebooting servers and reacting to frantic pages from an unseen supervisor. ("Net extremely hoseled. Engine team being hideously masticated by this outage. Demo rapidly approaching. Get to the cages. Reboot the servers. Hasten. Do not rest. Please. All five of them.") What’s the game really about? Knut, a resident of nTopia, pegs it: 'Reality. Illusion. Theme is reality versus illusion. Must discern reality. And illusion.'

It’s about spaces. Mapping. Learning. And easy pop culture / English major references.

I'd recommend this game to anybody, although it is fairly dense and telegraphic — like Ad Verbum, it presumes a certain amount of familiarity with nerd culture in general and interactive fiction in specific.

If it wasn't so short, the game’s weird style would get old very fast. Stylistically, it achieves what For a Change tried to do, while supplying enough structure — if not quite significance — to reward the player's efforts."

For anyone who misses the illusory-realistic worlds of IF classics like A Mind Forever Voyaging, Delusions, and Gateway, Book and Volume will hook you until it's over. The game is relatively short, which makes it ideal for anyone who is interested in modern IF but finds most large games too daunting. The game world does seem a bit confusing at first, though, so feel free to download the cool non-spoilery map created by Richard Bos from the link below, or from the official site. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Nick Montfort
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2005
Software Copyright: Nick Montfort
None that we know of
System Requirements:  
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site
If you like this game, try: Cosmoserve, Ad Verbum, Square Circle

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