Steve Meretzky

Posted by Philip Jong.
First posted on 03 May 2001. Last updated on 22 September 2011.
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The revolution and evolution of the adventure genre owe much to Steve Meretzky. Fans of interactive fiction should recognize Meretzky as a member of the Infocom Implementors. He is the father of such classics as Planetfall, Sorcerer, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (with Douglas Adams), A Mind Forever Voyaging, Stationfall, and Zork Zero, as well as the Leather Goddesses of Phobos and the…

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After having sat on my shelf for years, I recently played and finished Grim Fandango. It was authored by the same guy who did Full Throttle. I was surprised to see that neither game is on your review page.
How surprising. I think Full Throttle and Grim Fandango have to be among the best adventure games ever written. Grim Fandango, in particular, is brilliant in its execution. The dialog, the graphics, the gameplay, the puzzles - all excellent. It has its foibles, but has far fewer of them than any other adventure game I've ever played.

I liked your reviews with Dave Lebling and Steve Meretsky. Dave Lebling and Marc Blank were heroes of mine growing up.

You should interview the guy who wrote Grim Fandango and Full Throttle. I hear he's on his own now, though without LucasArts to back him it might be difficult for him to do another game like that. Just the acting talent alone must have cost a lot of $$$.

By Chris • On 23 July 2001 • From Somewhere