Language: English, lojban)
My first published work of Interactive
Fiction. It got satisfyingly mixed reviews, and was nominated
for the 2002 Xyzzy award for, of all things, Best Individual Puzzle.
Some quotes from reviewers -
- "...Constraints is a masterpiece, fearless and
innovative...I'm quite literally running out of superlatives;
this is perhaps the best thing I've seen anyone do with
IF" (Mike Russo - a madman)
- "...few overt flaws...but equally without any real passion
or originality... To me, IF on the topic of restriction with
subject-matter reflected in form seems like painting about bad
art by doing a really crappy painting...I am filled with an
urge to propel the author's head through a plate-glass window.
Or stained-glass, since it has big chunks of lead in..."
(Sam Ashwell - a star)
- "...I really like it that the experience of playing made me
think about such a philosophical issue in my own
life...Constraints is quite exquisitely implemented...perhaps
English isn't the author's first language..." (Paul
O'Brien - who really cracked me up with that last bit)
- "...it's at turns boring, frustrating, annoying, or
dull." (David Welbourn - getting straight to the
You could, of course, play it yourself. The story file - constraints.z5. See www.inform-fiction.org to
find an interpreter for your machine (there will be one).
Alternatively, you can play
online an annotable version.