Lord Bellwater's Secret is a well-crafted single room mystery in a historical setting. The mood and style are nicely conveyed with excellent writing that sets the stage and provides the right motivation for the character.
Despite the seeming simplicity, I was definitely stumped on a couple of verb / parser issues that sent me to the built-in hints. The hints are well-done and thorough, but it made me feel like this was more of a "dig for clues" kind of puzzle than something that could be logically deduced like "An Act of Murder". Some of the puzzles had a laborious feel to them. But the story is good and the writing always pays back your efforts as the story proceeds.
There's quite a good drama that unfolds and the ending was tense and exciting. It got my heart racing! I hope the author will continue with more Interactive Fiction in the mystery genre.
"Lord Bellwater's Secret" was written by Sam Gordon using Inform 7. It took 3rd place in the 2007 IF Comp. You can download this game directly from IFDB and it's playable using any standard Z-Machine interpreter on Windows, iPhone, iPad etc.
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