Written by Ilmari
We reviewers have rarely explained in detail our methods of deciding the individual scores for each category. I am sure there are as many ways to do it as we have reviewers, but personally I like to pick a few games to compare with the game I am rating. If the game is part of some series, I’ll choose an earlier part of the series, just to see if there has been any progression or regression. Even if the game is a part of a series, but especially if it isn’t, I’ll also take as a reference point a game that has something similar to the game I’m rating, but which is otherwise not related to it. Finally, I want to choose game reviewed by another person, just so my ratings would be in line with what the other reviewers are doing. Thus, when I have rated games by Level 9, I have made comparisons to my own earlier reviews of their games, but I’ve also checked what ratings Joe Pranevich has given to Infocom and Sierra Hi-Res games with similar themes.
In this particular instance, I’ve chosen to compare ratings of Fascination
to my own ratings of the earlier Coktel Vision erotic adventure, Geisha
, and their slightly better game, Legend of Djel
, but also to the ratings of another Coktel Vision game, Bargon Attack
, reviewed by Alfred ‘n the Fettuc, and to ratings of a French adventure game from a completely different company, Eternam
, reviewed by Aperama. Let’s see what will be the result!