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Love's Fiery Imbroglio

Love's Fiery Imbroglio DOS Urging the user to familiarize themselves with the hypertext-navigation environment

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A piece of hyperfiction masquerading as a rare romantic text adventure game about a big date with what could be Mr. Right. Choose-your-own-adventure interaction spins the customized player along whimsical tangents but ultimately all plot forks either lead to dead ends or rejoin the fixed-rail central narrative. Manic and wacky energy drive even the second chances resulting from the selection of obviously wrong choices, all while skewering conventions of the romance genre.

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Love's Fiery Imbroglio DOS One of many ill ends.  Fortunately, you can just back up and take back the mistake.
Love's Fiery Imbroglio DOS Not all eventualities have been anticipated by the programmers
Love's Fiery Imbroglio DOS The plot thickens
Love's Fiery Imbroglio DOS Sounds like a real hunk

Alternate Titles

  • "Love's Fiery Rapture: The Torrid Tale of What Could Turn Out to be THE Perfect Date" -- AGT port tag-lined title
  • "Love's Fiery Rapture" -- AGT port
  • "Love's Fiery Imbroglio: The Torrid Tale of What Could Turn Out to be THE Perfect Date" -- Tag-lined title
  • "LoveFire" -- Catalogue listing

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Development

This game (originally written in Pinnacle's proprietary MS-DOS PINNTALE hypertext engine -- apparently to demonstrate its capabilities, since this is its only known product) was ported to the AGT (Adventure Game Toolkit) interactive fiction scripting language by Mike Ryan -- source available at http://mirror.ifarchive.org/if-archive/games/source/agt/rapture.zip.

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