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Game #4639
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Shadows on the Mirror    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: IF Competition Favorites
Interactive Fiction   Story-driven

Rating: 8.5 (2 votes)

Shadows on the Mirror box cover

Shadows on the Mirror screenshot
Shadows on the Mirror is a fun one-room conversation game in the same vein as Emily Short's Galatea, although with more emphasis on plot. What I like most about this game is the fact that you must talk to the game's lone NPC to be able to weave different threads of information into a whole, coherent story. There are even different endings, which came as a pleasant surprise.

Shadows on the Mirror is the type of game that grows on you, becoming more impressive with each replay. It became apparent that the same questions evoke different responses depending on the context.

The writing in general is good, although there are some awkward sentences and certain reactions are a bit over the top. The game could have spent more time exploring the player character's agenda – he seems to have a lot of superhero powers, but it is not clear to me what their real nature is or how they relate to his dreams. All in all, though, Shadows on the Mirror is a great entry in the annual IF competition and one that definitely merits several play-throughs. Recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Chrysoula Tzavelas
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2003
Software Copyright: Chrysoula Tzavelas
None that we know of
System Requirements: TADS
Where to get it:   IF Archive
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If you like this game, try: Best of Three, Galatea, Muse: An Autumn Romance

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