These aren’t coherent reviews; rather, I’m typing these up in hopes that the authors will find useful. I don’t play many of these games online (just the ones that you need to play online), so I’m not a part of the sample that gets transcribed. Even if I was, these kind of guided comments can be useful as sort of a mix between review and beta-testing feedback. So let’s begin, shall we?
Blah blah blah, warning: spoilers, I trust you don’t need me to go into more detail than that.
Let’s kick things off with Kicker!
[spoiler]Okay, so the idea behind this is sorta brilliant. What better way to parody the wide world of sports than a game from the point of view of the guy on the team who barely does anything? And it it pretty good, really, except there are a couple of problems, mostly dealing with under-implementation, that hold it back from being a truly great work of sports satire.
First off, although I realize the simulated boredom is a big part of the game, I wish there was still more to do. Not like, game-changing decisions, mind; I just feel like there were many more inconsequential actions that could be implemented. Stuff like, say, whistle or twiddle thumbs. The biggest loss here, I think, is that the command dance is unrecognized, especially since there are so many ways you could spin that in a game about American Football, from do a touchdown dance to do the Super Bowl Shuffle. Most of the standard Inform responses are changed, which is very nice, but there are a few still there that would probably improve by changing (like, say, hugging a teammate).
Also, it seems the implementation is a bit shaky with regards to the other players and such. I kept getting back responses like “That noun did not make sense in this context.” when I tried commands like x team. Reflecting upon that, it seems like there’s a bug there, especially since I got the same response from trying to examine what turned out to be (I think) a non-implemented PA system.
Finally, while I dunno if it’ll help or hurt the game, it would be nice to have some sort of basic explanation of the football rules. After watching the crowd ran out of interesting responses, I was left watching the game, which, since I’ve only watched about one and a half football games in my entire life, was completely and totally ancient Greek. On the one hand, the confusion this causes might be funnier, but on the other hand, there’s great comedy to be mined from a highly detailed explanation of the rules of football, practically none of which will actually help you.
tl;dr: This is a decent game that could be even better with a more thorough implementation.[/spoiler]