(written by Steve Panak, published in Antic Vol. 7, No. 5, Sept. 88, page 56)
Jinxter, when reduced to its commonest denominator, is a work of interactive fiction enhanced by images. However, unlike many similar products, Jinxter gives each of these two components its full attention, with the result being closer to a novel than to a comic book, and more engaging than your standard video game.
Jinxter's storyline centers around the city of Aquitana-once a paradise, now deteriorating. A magical charm bracelet which protected the town has mysteriously lost its power. Consequently, the once happy inhabitants are now falling under the influence of evil Green Witches. In fact, things are so desperate that the only hope is for you to retrieve the seven charms of the bracelet. To do so, you'll have to travel the land, meet other characters and generally have a great adventure.
Jinxter is first-class all the way. The user interface is elegant, with four highly detailed pull-down scrolls attached to a windowshade-like bar that can be pulled down to reveal as much of the current image as you want, or pushed up to read previous commands and text.
You communicate with the program by using complete sentences which, easing the pain of chronic typos, can be recalled and edited at will. A nice feature lets you assign any command string to each of the 10 function keys, speeding entry of repetitive commands. The lively prose is a rapidly paced narrative that pulls you in. Colorful characters bring the entire world of Jinxter to life.
While the stunning (though static) graphics spice up the game, the text is so descriptive, so engaging, that these images quickly take a back seat to the story. Overall I can recommend Jinxter as a fine work of interactive fiction, one with a sense of humor that will make it a joy to read.-STEVE PANAK
$39.95, color or monochrome. Magnetic Scrolls (Rainbird). Distributed by Activision, 3885 Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. (415) 329-0800.