The Art of Deception

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The Art of Deception
Author(s) she's long gone
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 17-Jul-2006
Authoring system Inform 6
Platform(s) Z-code 5
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

The game begins with a menu, offering the player the choice to start a new game, read the manual, or read the credits. Starting a new game offers a new menu to select the difficulty level, one of Rookie, Veteran, or Ghost. Then there is a screen that explains your choice. The fourth screen displays the title card:

The Art of Deception
Scene One: Paintings and Pistols.

You are (presumably) a male secret agent, carrying your cellphone and passort, and wearing your suit and a watch. Not a hair out of place. You are on the sun deck of a cruise yacht between Osaka and Korea. You see some listless models lounging on chairs by the pool, a well-dressed crowd gathered by the steps down, and a bartender serving drinks behind the bar. You are waiting for your contact.

Notable Features

  • The choice of difficulty levels:
    • Rookie: access to hints, game cannot be made unwinnable.
    • Veteran: no access to hints, game cannot be made unwinnable.
    • Ghost: no access to hints, game can be made unwinnable (e.g: no safety net).


Release 1

Note: The story file for this game is art.z5.