A deep and thought-provoking science fiction novel in its own right, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Steve Meretzky's classic text-based adventure continues to engross any new player who happens to come across it. Unfortunately it gained a poor reception after its initial release, but it has since come to be recognized as the text-based game, and has risen to legendary status.
You play as a 'normal' guy in a 'normal' South Dakota town. However, you find out that you are actually a computer - a computer simulation of a 'normal' guy in a 'normal' town, designed by the government. You've been sent ten years into the future to see how a new government program affects the town and its residents. You're to monitor the town and return with recommendations on how to alter the program. As you're a computer, you can remove yourself from the simulation at any time and read up on news and information in communications mode as well as take control of the other computers in the complex.
You actually spend most of the game exploring the town and observing changes rather than solving puzzles, but don't be fooled, it is actually quite captivating, more so than many great novels. There are some excellent puzzles near the end of the game, however, so I encourage you to play all the way through. I can easily say the ending is the most gripping and rewarding I have ever experienced.
The interface is nicely done: simple grey text on a blue background. A bar at the top of the screen displays the in-game date and time as well as which mode or location you are currently in. The game is quite large, including the ability to explore the entire city of Rockvil; it was the first game of its genre to require a whopping 128k of memory to run!
All in all, I recommend this game to absolutely everyone, not just text-adventure or science fiction fans. It's an absolutely enthralling title and one of the most distinctive ever to hit the shelves. It wholly deserves its overall rating of 5 out of 5.
You will need to use WinFrotz in order to run this game properly!
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