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Thursday, March 7, 2002

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MacGamer Reviews Geneforge
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Our friends at MacGamer have posted a review by Susan Carver of Geneforge, the fantasy role-playing game from Spiderweb Software in which you shape your own creatures to help you in your quest.

Here are a couple of excerpts from Carver's review to whet your appetite:

If you've ever played a Role Playing Game (RPG) shareware on the Mac, chances are you've encountered Spiderweb Software, headed by Jeff Vogel, at some point. Their first game was Exile: Escape from the Pit, and they've been offering up immersive games ever since.

Their latest game is a single-player RPG called Geneforge. If you've played Spiderweb's other games, Geneforge will look, at least superficially, familiar to you. The game involves magic, spellcasting, and some fantastical creatures. Before you feel like you've seen it all before, though, you should get ready for some real changes. It's also got a hefty dose of modern day science, as seen through the eyes of about a 19th century mentality....

The storyline is incredibly detailed and well thought out. If you remember back to your youth, along with kickball and tag, you probably bought a few "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. Remember them? You read a part of the story, and at the bottom of the page, you're asked what you'll do next. If you choose one thing, go to page X. If you choose the other option, go to page Y. The book continues in that fashion until you reach one of many different possible endings. You can go back later, and make very different choices the next time you read it, and get a completely different story. Geneforge reminded me very strongly of those books. I got that same feeling of being at a crossroads, plotwise, many times while I was playing, and it's a testament to the strength of those many plots that I used up every one of the 15 available Save Game slots. At times, I even wished there were more, so I could test out other ways to play.

For the full text of MacGamer's review, follow the link below, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out IMG's own preview of the game as well.

You can download Geneforge from our sister site, MacGameFiles.

IMG Preview: Geneforge
MacGamer: Geneforge Review
MGF: Geneforge 1.0.2 (12.3 MB)

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