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    I hit the link and gave the game a "one quick attempt" it's just a very primitive Flash game. More or less just a text adventure but there doesn't really seem at first glance to be much of any real role-play or even logic to influence your decisions in choosing a path. As if I'm given any information about the towns ... not really.

    At a very superficial glance it seems to offer historical information about slavery. I liked the inclusion of many illustrations and photographs from that era-- including horrific photos of the scars on a man's back.

    I'd give points for aesthetics but it's not really much of a game-- certainly not much of a strategy game. The game seems to be deciphering the map or just clunking through it until you stumble upon the right path-- unless they actually added something as amazing and sophisticated [cough!] as randomization.

    I think just about anything that you can write a novel about can be the subject of a video game. It's a media with a lot of potential-- I just don't think the rather simplistic game of The Underground Railroad in the Ohio River Valley is up to the level of what it pretends to be. I get the feeling that if I knew a heckuva lot about the Underground Railroad in the Ohio River Valley I'd get through this maze on my next try. I might know where safe houses, the stations, were located-- but then, the game could be teaching me all that information instead of having me stumble around without a Harriet Tubman within a million miles of me.

    If the game is supposed to, as it says, give me some idea of the decisions a slave had to make to get to freedom then I feel cheated. Click on green town, click on red town-- decisions, decisions ...

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:31:27 PM PST

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