I'm not sure I'd call 'Shade' a fun or entertaining game, but it is complex and provocative, with much to appreciate about it. I'd recommend it to just about anyone, and the ending is very clever. It's creepy, but not horror, and a little tricky to solve, but not crammed with puzzles. (Sometimes IF can be a little too puzzle-dense? Or is that just me?) It's definitely going to give me some weird, freaky sand related dreams tonight; I played this game a little past 1 am, not being able to sleep.
It's written very well, and everything works, it's creepy and atmospheric and clever and more than a bit odd.... but it wasn't all that fun to play because every interaction leads to exactly the same result.
A very unique game, and a chilling (or rather, sweltering) story. For every action that progresses the story, the player is lead to assumption after assumption. For some reason I could imagine the reality of the dream, or the dream of the reality. It was all so surreal and the conclusion left me in deep thought. As the previous review states, all the player needs to do is find a way to continue to plot using the hints the author gives.
I highly recommend this game based on its uniqueness and ease of gameplay. Great job!