Merry RUAHH~! to all, everyone. This is Tseng, and I'm here to review YOUR Game of the Month, this month.
This was a slow month for ZZT games, with only three main contenders for our monthly award. The first was Lynx's Trapper, a neat idea where you had to encase enemies in boulders to win. A good idea, and not typically something you'd see. The second was Dsone's Lemming Hunter, where you had to run around and trap lemmings in a little cage and hope that they don't bounce out thanks to some of the game's bugs (er, I mean, "features").
But alas, the third one took it, a cameo-based seasonal romp called "A Community X-Mas", programmed collectively by Leamas and Hercules.
The game features you, the Player, as you visit a big cabin filled to the brim with enough ZZT cameos to make people just a little bit happy. And.. uh, it goes from there, I guess. I mean, it's a seasonal cameo game, do you expect some sort of decent plot? Probably not.
Actually, enough bashing, more praising. The graphics in this game are incredibly good. You can't really go wrong in graphics when you've got Leamas and Herc working on it, I'll say that. The ovehead view of the cabin is sweet, and the picture of the butler is also sweet. Then again, I had the sinking feeling that I was going to find JohnWWells slumped over on his chair, a knife in his back, and we all blame the butler, but eh, no such luck.
The game's play is generally just you running around, talking to the various ZZTers, and solving puzzles. In other words, typical Hercules gameplay, really. Well, if there's anything about this game, it's the fact that it can be humorous. Some of the banter that goes on in this game is sort of odd, though, especially given the fact that many of the cameos are rather inaccurate (LEAMAS, I WILL *KILL* YOU).
Do I have any idle complaints about this game? Absolutely.
THE CAMEOS ARE INACCURATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( I don't even LIKE snowmen, let alone build sentient ones. - MadTom )
Oh, and the game can be a bit plodding, but this is coming from the guy who made November Eve, so I'll just kind of skip that subject... Yeah...
So, uh, all in all, A Community X-Mas is a nice little game that you should play. Yeah.
Can I go to the Bahamas, now, like you promised, Funk? (Sure, I need a servant to bring me my drinks - Funk)