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As always, it is rather difficult to collapse whichever game’s overall evaluation in a single statement or letter, let alone for such a complex, ambitious and unique multimedia piece as AWFM. However, from a strictly gamer point of view, AWFM suffers from some obscure puzzles and also lacks a bit of balance between its historical recreation and the more entertainment-directed tasks and puzzles that hinder receiving a top qualification. Apart from that the game deserves to be highly praised, especially for its educational value and I am certainly looking forward to future Peter Nepstad/Illuminated Lantern’s products. AWFM receives a grade of B+ from this reviewer.
t's well worth a look especially if you are interested in this event. Maybe the gameworld is a bit too big as far as text adventures go, but the size is justified by size of the exhibition. I've got sore feet just thinking about it!
1893: A World’s Fair Mystery is definitely a niche game targeted toward a specific demographic. Older gamers, history buffs, teachers and students, or anyone who loves the Windy City will definitely find something of genuine interest in this title. If you have been secretly longing for a good old-fashioned text-adventure then look no further. Peter Nepstad has created a wonderful work of interactive fiction set against an historic event and unique location ripe with potential adventure. Head on over to the official website and get your copy today.