As other reviewers have noted, there's a lot of boring and pointless walking backwards and forwards and back again in this game. Similarly, some dialogue could use work: some opening conversations were relevant earlier in the game, but are bizarre when they're repeated. Surely it wouldn't have been too difficult to throw in a generic greeting?
Those are fairly minor squibbles - or should be. The walking, though: slow, frequently illogical, and at times frustrating enough to make me question whether it was even worth continuing. As the lead character thinks later in the game: "This is going to be a long game." He forgot to add "needlessly".
There was some jarring change in artwork at one point late in the game, for what amounted to an extremely lame joke (or at least, that's the only reason I can think of); and I'm still not sure what happened in the grand final scene, other than by imputation: it's almost as if there's a part of the scene missing.
On the plus side, the eyecandy is great - Joe Phillips is always reliable! - the humour generally good, and the storyline interesting enough to keep me playing - with enough "I didn't see that coming"s to keep me on my toes. Some of the puzzle solving, while usually logical, can take a bit of nutting out (although some others are telegraphed a bit too much).
On balance, thumbs-up wins - but it was a close-run thing. And the sad part is, the things that brought this game down were easy fixes. If the game testers had done their job properly, or the developer followed up on their advice, this could have been a MUCH better game.
All that said, though, I look forward to the already-overdue next project from this developer: it's nice to have a gay-themed game that is not embarrasingly over-the-top (Joe Phillip's artwork aside, but I happily forgive him that). Sure, some of the dialogue is corny - I'm looking at you, lift - but overall the game is not nearly as corny or stereotyping as some reviewers would have you believe.
Having unlocked the alternative play version, will I play the game through again?
Yes - but not for a while.