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67
I enjoyed playing The Arrangement. I even enjoyed the ending, though I'm aware that not everyone did. It's a very stable game. I don't know of anyone who's had any serious technical problems with it. There have been reports of occasional script errors that don't seem to interfere with playing the game. I only had them myself when loading a saved game on the slower computers and the save always loaded despite the error. The Arrangement may not be the most technologically advanced game you can buy, but there's something to be said for a stable game that can work with any version of Windows from Windows 95 to XP. There are no timed or action puzzles and the story is interesting enough to make you want to keep playing. I look forward to Michael B. Clark's next game.
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Mystery Manor (Jun 05, 2004)
Looking back over this review, I can see that it might look like I hated The Arrangement. That is absolutely not the case. Overall, I found it good cheesy fun. Being a puzzle fan, I enjoyed even the familiar puzzles and the plot was interesting and intriguing to say the least, if occasionally unintentionally (?) humorous. But low production values (to be expected from a one-man show but still unforgivable in a major release), some annoying flaws in game design, a logical but completely unsatisfying ending (à la Black Mirror) and an amazingly short length combine to make me recommend that you wait to buy this one until it hits the $5-10 bargain bin. Think of it like a cheesy-but-fun B-movie and spend your money accordingly.
60
Quandary (Jul, 2004)
The Arrangement is in much the same vein as Harvest, and it's hard to see you not enjoying this if you had fun with Harvest. It even has underground caves, although you are looking for your wife this time and not a dog. Along the way you will sight some references to the previous adventure, including a good old fashioned bit of product placement.
60
Let's set our stage, shall we? Annie and Richard Sullivan have been happily married for five years and are making plans to spend an anniversary weekend together. Richard receives a phone call from someone identifying himself as Fortrey who claims that Annie has willingly left Richard for him. Fortrey gives Richard one adventure game-type hour in which to locate Annie to see her "one last time." Thus begins the story of The Arrangement, the newest enterprise of independent developer Michael B. Clark.
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Just Adventure (Jul 15, 2004)
I can’t say that I really didn’t like this game, because parts of it are very well done. But some things – and the ending immediately comes to mind – seemed sloppy and unprofessional. Many details are left unexplained, and the reason provided for this is simply not acceptable. Though The Arrangement is a step up from Harvest - the developer’s previous effort – there is still room for improvement.
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Adventure Gamers (Jun 12, 2004)
Adventure Maker is a new adventure gaming engine with growing popularity in the development world. With a plethora of user-friendly features and a cheap licensing fee (only $29 for a distributable copy), it is surprising how few commercial games have been produced with it. Aiming to fill that void, The Arrangement, produced by veteran developer Michael C. Clark, is the first Adventure Maker game to retail commercially. It is currently available through Got Game Entertainment for the budget price of $20.


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