Game Review: Standing On The Shoulders of Giants (2020, Illum Eggert)


This game is an entrant in the 2020 Interactive Fiction Competition.  All of the entries can be played here.

In this game, the player takes on the role of 17th century scientist Isaac Newton.  Newton has just received a mysterious letter from a woman who he doesn’t know, asking him to come to a cottage.  When Isaac goes to the college, the man of science meets a woman of magic and he soon finds himself in the future (i.e., our present).  Can Isaac solve the puzzles of the modern age and then return to his own time?

Standing On The Shoulders of Giants is a simple work of Interactive Fiction.  It comes with a walk-through but most players shouldn’t need to use it.  The walk-through itself states that the game is designed to be easy and that there’s no way the player can get a bad ending.  This game is less about solving puzzles and more about experimenting and seeing what will happen.  For instance, when you find yourself in the library, take the time to search for a few familiar authors.  You might be surprised with what comes up.

As I said, it’s a simple game.  If you’ve never played an IF game before, this would be a good one to start with.  It’s a likable adventure, especially if you know anything about the works of Newton and Einstein.

The game can be played here.

One response to “Game Review: Standing On The Shoulders of Giants (2020, Illum Eggert)

  1. Pingback: Lisa’s Week In Review: 10/19/20 — 10/25/20 | Through the Shattered Lens

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