There will be major spoilers below. Obviously.
Okay, so I’ve been playing this game for a while now. It’s a great recreation of a terrible type of game. But as such, it’s a terrible game. I’m dreading having to play more of it. And yet I skimmed some of the reviews… and they’re very positive! Plus, it’s written by a great author! So I wonder whether I might be missing something or doing something wrong.
I’ve spent most of my time in NewBeTown. Here, you basically have to grind grind grind grind grind grind in order to be able to get into the bee hive. Pick flowers, defeat small enemies, go back in town, make some meagre coin, sharpen your weapon… and then repeat. But of course your weapon will also become blunt again. Suffice it to say that I manage to get it to +7 once, but then it was +5 by the time I was at the hive, and this wasn’t enough to actually defeat those bees. So uh… back to town? I decided to call it a night… and the next day, my save didn’t restore any more. So I’m now back to an earlier version of the character, but the prospect of more grinding fills me with despair.
I decided to instead head out west. Now I’m in Sameytown, and here you get an apparently infinite grind of job for the Post Office. Click click click hand in the job get a new one click click click hand in the job get a new one… It’s terrible! Complete boredom!
So at one point I found out that you could open an Inform 7 game. I thought, this must be the real game! But I don’t think it is? At least, I wasn’t able to proceed beyond a few turns.
At some other point I was suddenly transformed into the Baker of Shireton – no idea how that happened. But after ten seconds the world caught fire. Which was funny… but it also kicked me back to the main game.
What am I supposed to do? How do I proceed? Am I really supposed to spend hours grinding for copper pieces? What’s going on? Is there any good stuff?