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This is one of my favorite adventure games. I won't lie. I just plain enjoyed it. The story was immersive, the puzzles were just tough enough, the music was enjoyable to listen to, and you could really feel for some of the characters. I think you'll enjoy this game too, but be warned, this game contains extreme gore, and some really gruesome scenes. Not for the faint of heart. I give it a five.
In Trilby’s notes, probably the weakest of the series, you are again Trilby, this time working for some national security company, and you find yourself in a hotel which just happens to transform itself as the time passes…
Overall, this game is quite well done, and I expect it to turn into a favorite of all adventure gamers. If you like thrills, chills, and tall dark men carrying an axe this game is for you. It will appeal to many, if not for its well-written story then for its challenging puzzles. So therefore, I give this game a 4.8.
The game is longer than 5DAS and 7DAS, but not exactly long in itself: it's over in a few hours. This is not necessarily bad, since a longer duration could have diluted the plot and atmosphere. While it lasted, Trilby's Notes kept me firmly in front of the monitor. I call it as the best episode of the series; unfortunately, it also has the potential to be the one which will be less appreciated by many because of the interface, which could drive off the less patient or who is used to point-and-click interfaces too much. In any case, this is a game whose flaws and limits are dwarfed by the emotional involvement given to the player: it's like reading a good book.
Ben "Yahtzee" Crosshaw je autorem kvalitních adventure her s hororovou tématikou a ani dnes tomu nebude jinak. Dnes tu máme hru, která se odehrává ve vzpomínkách hlavního hrdiny Trilbyho. Jeho dobrodružství jste mohli zažít v titulech 5 Days A Stranger a 7 Days A Skeptic a právě dnešní kousek je příběhem vsazen přesně mezi tyto dva počiny. Hororová hra plná napětí a strachu tedy čeká jen a jen na vás.
In the end, Trilby's Notes is the most accomplished game of the series yet, both from a technical point of view, as well as with regards to the quality of its story and writing. I mentioned the curse of the sequels in the review of 7 Days a Skeptic, but I should also mention that there is another unwritten and less-known rule about the third part of a trilogy, which states that part is usually the best one. That is definitely the case here, so if you liked the previous games, you should definitely play Trilby's Notes, and you will be glad to hear that Yahtzee has mentioned that he will release a fourth and final part as well. The game is once again available in two forms, freeware and a special edition which costs 5 dollars, and offers author commentary, the full soundtrack with composer notes and prototype tracks, the Books of Chzo in Word format and an extended ending scene.
Yahtzee jej zdůvodňuje snahou dosáhnout dojmu, že si Trilby právě na všechny události vzpomíná a píše zápisník, nicméně v praxi to zkrátka jen ztěžuje i jednoduché puzzly. Ale nakonec: překousnout se to dá. A nechat si kvůli tomu ujít doopravdy nejlepší freeware horor za hodně dlouhou dobu, ne-li vůbec – nebyla by to škoda?