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May 01, 2005

Student Survivor game

Writing about web page http://www.studentsurvivor.org.uk/

This is, if you like, Sim Student. From the instructions:-

Your mission is to keep your student happy, fed, watered, studious and solvent for a week of 'in-game-time'.

The screen-grab shows my student in sadly typical pose watching TV. Happy, fed and watered turn out to be surprisingly easy, but studious and solvent are more challenging. (So actually when I say surprisingly, I guess I really mean unsurprisingly.) The only real tool one could use to get all these goals accomplished – a cattle prod – is inexplicably unavailable. Perhaps it's a power-up you can unlock on later levels. The game's got quite a few nice, whimsical touches; each time you play, for example, the posters on the wall of the student house change, and each choice, at least to my uninformed eyes, looks worryingly plausible.

Disclaimer: the web site wants to flog you accommodation-related and other crap, but you don't actually have to sign up for any of it.


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