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Critic Reviews

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An Adventure game which which is so hard, but still motivates to stay 'clean' and not to use any hint systems of solutions can only be considered an extreme rarity. What does usually happen when a player is stuck? Check with a walkthrough to avoid frustration. Deadline doesn't frustrate, but failures only increase the motivation. Incredible!
Just Games Retro (Sep 24, 2007)
If you're a fan of the detective genre, you owe it to yourself to at least give this a try. Text descriptions and parser gameplay by nature can be unforgiving beasts, but the freedom and sense of accomplishment they afford far outweigh any limitations. If you've comfortably sworn off parsers and IF long ago, that's okay. You're only missing out on a mostly by-the-numbers mystery that will be too underwhelming for a resistant gamer to try and force their way through.
SPAG (Mar 15, 2000)
All in all, Deadline is a good game that is still worth playing after all these years -- in my opinion the best mystery that Infocom did.
In all, I thoroughly recommend the adventure, despite my dislike of the solution. After all, I have no say in who murdered who, it's merely my job to find out "who done it." Much of my recommendation lies on the excellent command parser, as well as my love for mysteries. This made me feel like a detective, frustration and all. I'm waiting for the next one.

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