The game, like Infocom's Wishbringer is very user-friendly: there are plenty of help screens, and the town library contains hints to all the puzzles. As the game was designed for kids aged 10 on up, the puzzles are geared toward teaching kids about math and basic ideas of capitalism (i.e. sometimes you must spend money to make money). One puzzle involves solving a mathematical word problem, i.e. calculating area and converting units. Other puzzles are more difficult, but all are logical and solvable with careful thought. The game's parser is a bit unforgiving, but there is no frustrating guess-the-verb puzzle here. You can explore the town at your leisure and talk to various friendly townspeople, and many nicely drawn pictures help enliven the playing experience.
Overall, Stranded is one of the first educational IF to come along in ages.. there have been very few of them since the days of L and Giant Killer. Stranded comes highly recommended-- especially to IF beginners and their kids. Two thumbs up!
|Average Rating:||8.07 [13 votes]|
|Software Copyright:||Jim Bayers|
|More Info:||Mobygames | The Web|
|If you like this game, try:||John's Fire Witch, Wishbringer [Solid Gold]|
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