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Title: Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
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(Date Posted:02/12/2011 15:14)
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Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale

by: Reflexive Entertainment

Available:  HERE 




Become the heroine of Jane Austen's most popular novels! Create your own storyline from the intersecting stories of 3 of Miss Austen's books as you pick your daily routine and choose your own path to happiness and fortune. With 9 different endings to be discovered, Matches & Matrimony can be played again and again as you create your own classic tale of romance.

Features:
  • 9 Different endings!
  • Hours of replayability!
  • 6 suitors to pursue!
  • 3 Novels in one game!
  • Thoughtful & provocative gameplay!
  • Emotionally stirring Music!





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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:02/12/2011 18:34)

I saw this last night on Gamezebo (and then on Reflexive's site) and was so disappointed that it's only available on Amazon.  I hope that Reflexive will sell it through some other places soon, because it looks interesting.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:02/12/2011 19:07)

It will eventually be at the game portals, but yes, being available only through Amazon to start is unhelpful for us OS folks!
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:02/13/2011 16:25)

What a fascinating looking game! Pity I can't buy it.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 03:15)

Rather interestingly, it's a soft release on BFG today.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 03:34)

As PR already said, but with a link and all that:

Now available from BFG


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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 07:03)

I took a closer look at the game and was quite surprised Reflexive did a Ren'Py-driven visual novel/life sim game. Not mine, but it's not bad.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 10:27)

I'm quite taken with this game.  Having read all of Jane Austen's novels (and I have) makes this experience more enjoyable, although it's certainly not mandatory.  Some of the dialogue is lifted directly from the novels, as well.  I will probably use a game credit on it this month.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 10:34)

I'm glad to hear this, Howatch.

I'm afraid I lack knowledge of the Jane Austen novels (but then, there are different 'classics' to read over here in Germany). I might give this another look sometime, but not right now (I'm still replaying the Vera Blanc visual novels) and not from BFG. And I might remedy that missing knowledge sometime soon, too (that's what free classics as e-books are for, after all).

EDIT: I just took a look at the site above (in the first post) and think the help section might come in useful for play - if you want to experience all ends and all storylines.


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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 15:09)

I haven't come across any typos/misspelled words yet either, which is a relief and a pleasure:  It would really detract from the game if such things were present, especially considering the subject matter. :)

Thanks for pointing out that help section, b00k. smiley74
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 15:39)

I bought it virtually sight unseen (well, used one of my hanging coupons at BF), because I stupidly let the hour demo run while doing other things with kids and house that needed doing.  :P  Anyway, I knew I wanted to try it, and in all probability the demo wouldn't have gotten me to the part that I will tell about here.

Short version - This game bugs me! 

Longer version - Let me just say that I have nothing against visual novels, although they're not my favorite form of entertainment.  But since this had to do with Jane Austin and P&P, I had to give it a go.  I was introduced to her books rather later in life than most but absolutely love them!  A little backstory to my frustration here - last night/early this morning I just finished reading a spin-off/adaptation novel revolving around P&P.  I came away thinking that the story would have been fine had the author decided to use different characters.  But, and this is just my opinion, it smacks of plagiarism when you take another's story no matter how well known and loved and add a few details and plot twists here and there to make it different.  Again, I know this is just my opinion, as there are others who love the "adaptations."  I'm, also, one of those people who thinks that a badly-made, book-based movie had either better been left on a desk with an "I refuse to commit this travesty" sticky note from the director attached to it OR made into a film titled completely different than the book if the filmmakers refuse to stick pretty close to the based-on book.

However, I was not distressed to find that the game lifted much text from Jane Austin's book (or should I say BOOKS).  After all, it's not a book.  It's a game.  What bugged me was precisely the fact that Reflexive tried to incorporate so many of Jane Austin's books and storylines that the game is very difficult for me to follow.

*SPOILER* (please, highlight the text below to read it)
Since when, in Miss Austin's works, did Elizabeth ever meet Colonel Brandon or Captain Wentworth?  And is it just me, or did she NOT have a sister named Lidianne or however they spelled it?  Wickham and Willoughby combined?  I was mildly annoyed when Sense and Sensibility sneaked into the story, but when Persuasion (which happens to be my favorite Austin title) suddenly made an appearance, I lost it. 

The urge to yell at my computer came over me, but (precious little) good sense and the presence of my children held me back.  I wanted so badly to like this game, and I AM still playing it (have only gotten 2 endings so far); but why did they have to put P&P in the title if it wasn't going to be based on that work?  Couldn't they have said something more like "Matches & Matrimony: A new take on Jane Austin and her works"?  Yes, I know that's too long for an already long game title, but you get my drift.  smiley132  Perhaps my dislike of the game was influenced by last night's read; perhaps not.  In short, there may be many who are not bothered by the blender treatment of Miss Austin's novels, but it seriously turned me off to this game.



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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 19:00)

I was prepared for the blending of Austen's books into one game but only because I read a review that explained that the game incorporates three different novels.  I do understand why it would bother you, cyndisa, and I agree that it would have been more agreeable if they had stuck to one book and one book only.  Still, I'm just inordinately pleased that Jane Austen's books would be the subject of a game.  It must have been a labor of love for the developers, because obviously this would not be the route they would have taken were they only trying to make good money off a casual game.   I'd say this game is for a niche market inside a niche market, so to speak. smiley36
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/04/2011 20:26)

You're right, Howatch, I wasn't at all prepared for the three books to be thrown together.  (And, bless you for not calling attention to my shameful misspelling of Jane Austen's name!  I do have a sad but good reason for that which I won't bore you with.)  :P  I love the idea of the game just not the execution.  Perhaps it was a labor of love.  Maybe the game designers felt that one novel simply didn't have enough variety and material for a game.  I don't know.  All I know is that when Captain Wentworth popped into a scene that was nearly straight out of Sense and Sensibility in a game that is purported to be about Pride and Prejudice, the shock to the always-be-faithful-to-the-book part of my mind (already struggling with the mixture of the two novels) was intolerable and my jaw about hit the floor.  :D  LOL!  I'll get over it though, I'm sure.  :P
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/05/2011 02:19)

I guess from this point of view it would have been easier for me to play this game - I downloaded the novels yesterday, but they're on my 'soon' list rather than on my 'immediately' list. I could probably play the game without noticing where the stories blend into each other and without asking 'wasn't he supposed to be in this novel?' every time a new guy turns up.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/05/2011 02:37)

Now available from Amaranth Games



(edited: the link goes to BFG, but still, the game turns up at Amaranth...)


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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/05/2011 08:06)

I played the game through twice yesterday and the first time I ended up married to Mr. Collins and the second time I was left a spinster.  Hooking up with Mr. Darcy is proving to be elusive indeed.

When Colonel Brandon showed up, that did seem off kilter (a character from Sense and Sensibility).

Towards the end of one of my sessions I did see an "it's" that should have been an "its," and enlightenment was spelled as enlightment.  Nevertheless the game did a much better job than many games in regards to taking the time to proofread properly.  I'm well aware that many folks don't care about this sort of thing but there are some who do, and I always notice things of this nature. 

I'm both curious and determined as to what path will lead me to further (and ultimately positive) involvement with Mr. Darcy, so I do see myself playing this game multiple times.  I have a lot of games competing for my attention (to say the least) , so I would rate this game as a success.  I would give it a B+/A-.


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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/05/2011 08:24)

Those are the same two endings and in the same order I've gotten, Howatch.  After ending up a spinster, I gave up for the day and decided that Mr. Darcy could wait.  :P
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/06/2011 01:04)

It's getting trashed on BFG by the short attention span types who obviously don't get that if it's based off three novels and is a visual novel/life sim then there might be some reading in it.

I played it and my choice of mate was Mr. Collins, the vicar.  Bleh.  I would have preferred the spinster ending.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/06/2011 01:16)

It's probably the same mob that trash a game because it is a TM, eddy. 

I like games with good stories and will play it when it comes out at GameHouse.  I have not read any of the novels so the mix of the books wont matter to me.
It looks like a charming game.

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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/06/2011 01:58)

It IS a charming game, gove; I think you will enjoy it.  smiley74
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Reply to eddyatwork (03/06/2011 01:04)

It's getting trashed on BFG by the short attention span types who obviously don't get that if it's based off three novels and is a visual novel/life sim then there might be some reading in it.

I played it and my choice of mate was Mr. Collins, the vicar.  Bleh.  I would have preferred the spinster ending.

I was surprised, first and foremost, to see BFG carry a visual novel type game - that's not what they offer normally. This sort of game is more likely to be found at Amaranth Games (and they link to BFG for download/buy WTF?!).

I have to admit that by now, after reading all your comments, I rather think about getting it, too, one of these days - should it come to Gamehouse or another place I buy from. You don't get visual novels all that often.
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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/06/2011 02:40)

Thanks, Howatch.  I will look forward to playing it.  smiley74



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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/23/2011 01:21)

Now Available

GameHouse 

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RE:Matches & Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
(Date Posted:03/27/2011 09:47)

Now available for Mac at

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