- "As fantasy IF goes... it's both thoughtful and imaginative, and manages to entertain consistently." -- Duncan Stevens
- "If there were more to it, it would be one of the finest of its type." -- Carl Muckenhoupt
- "La aventura se deja jugar bastante bien, siendo la mayoría de problemas lógicos, y la ambientación y el estilo notables..." (I think that means he liked it.) -- Daniel Cardenas
If it's not an adage, it ought to be: a lord asks no favor from a
peasant. Yet there he was, in your own family's modest home, waving what
used to be his hand in the air and looking at you with eyes full of
Wearing the Claw is a traditional fantasy quest in which you and your
village have been cursed with a slow transformation into various
animals. The only way to stop the curse is to retrieve the Pendant of
Elinor from the mysterious island of the Goergs. It won 8th Place in the
1996 IF competition.
Wearing The Claw is a piece of interactive fiction (IF). If that term
means nothing to you, you might want to see an explanation of how to use
this kind of software. Excellent introductions to IF have been written
by Adam Cadre and Mike Roberts.
The other thing you need to know about Wearing The Claw is that it is
a "story file" which requires the use of an "interpreter program". These
two components are roughly analogous to a videotape and a VCR,
respectively. There are lots of interpreters capable of reading the game
-- I recommend
Frotz, which is available for most platforms, with the notable
exception of the MacIntosh. If you're using a Mac, I suggest Andrew
Once you've downloaded your interpreter, you can click here to download the Wearing The Claw story file.
Remember to download this file in binary format, which in most browsers
means right-click and choose "Save Link As" (or the closest equivalent)
from the pop-up menu.
If you have a Java-enabled web browser, you can also play Wearing The Claw online.
This page has been viewed 18846 times since June 18, 2000. Considering this game came out four years before that, I'll be happy if anyone besides me visits this page.
Wearing The Claw page / Paul O'Brian / obrian at colorado.edu / Revised September 2000
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