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The parser is Infocom's last, the Graphic style similar to Zork Zero. There is one graphic puzzle (that can be solved "non-graphically" if you must.) There are many beautiful illustrations in the style of Japanese 17th century paintings. The game itself is extremely linear. If this really turns you off, you won't like the game.
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Your enjoyment of the game will be directly related to your feelings about James Clavell's epic novel. If you read and enjoyed it, playing the game will be a great experience. You can live through the adventures of John Blackthorne as if they were your own. On the other hand, if you found the book boring, you wouldn't want to play a game adaptation anyway.