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An mid-'80s period piece, this game casts the player as a troubled young man anxious to express his individuality and free thinking (your starting inventory includes the item "your middle finger") under the weight of a crushing and institutional push for systematic conformity in a Catholic, boys-only private high school.

Act I presents the challenge of disrupting an onerous, endless assembly in which vice-principal Pannus (subject to somewhat predictable mockery by his snotty students) oversees the sharing of a seemingly endless list of dress code regulations.

Act II throws our sassy brat in detention with his new rebellious friends, while Act III presents two entirely different endgames depending on whether the protagonist decides to engage in some underaged drinking prior to the fall dance. (In one, he engages in some pyrotechnic experimentation, guided by a h/p/a 'zine; in the other, he meets a punker girl named Kym and receives some education in, among other things, cybercrime and whistle-blowing.)


Punk Points Browser You can't win!
Punk Points Browser Earning your first punk points.
Punk Points Browser This 'zine will come in handy later on.
Punk Points Browser Escaping a horrifying maze.

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This game, the author's first text adventure, took 22nd place in the 2000 RAIF interactive fiction competition (out of 53 entries) and tellingly (given its relatively low ranking overall) placed as a finalist in the 2000 Xyzzy Awards for best NPCs.

Eight years later, this effort was followed by the author's next piece of interactive fiction, Everybody Dies, which was much better received, playing 3rd.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (60344) added Punk Points (Browser) on Nov 29, 2008