Monthly Archives: October 2017

IF Comp 2017: Harmonia

Harmonia (Liza Daly) is a choice-based story about college mysteries and 19th-century utopian communities. In its general outlines, the story looks very much like something that could have come out of parser IF in the late 90s. It is a disappearance … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: The Living Puppet

The Living Puppet  (Liu Zian) is a short choice-based horror piece. The protagonist, Li Shaoxian, is the partner of a penniless puppeteer, Wu Sheng, who, down on his luck, somehow acquires a puppet ‘no different from the living’, with which … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Nightbound

Nightbound (ProP) is a heroic-fantasy CRPG made with Twine. The blurb promises “an inventory system, turn-based combat, and class and leveling systems”, and that’s what it’s mostly focused on. A compelling, tactically non-trivial, balanced, well-paced CRPG combat system is difficult and … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Day of the Djinn

Day of the Djinn (paperyowl) is a Twine fantasy story. Its setting looks, at a first pass, much like the modern world, but it contains a substantial number of magical elements. Some of these are ordinary everyday things, and it’s not always … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Transient Skies

Transient Skies (dgtziea) is a Twine space-exploration game. My initial impressions were not good. There’s a fairly substantial chunk of intro, and it’s aiming at a tone that it doesn’t entirely manage to hit. You were sitting at the edge of … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Tuuli

Tuuli (Daurmith, Ruber Eaglenest) is an Inform game about a Finnish girl who has to take over the role of a dead witch to protect her village from Vikings. I am super into this premise and had high expectations. It’s brief … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Textcraft: Alpha Island

Textcraft: Alpha Island is a parser survival game made in Java. The protagonist is marooned on an islet for a bet, and has to survive for seven days without calling for help; in a standard twist, communication breaks down and you … Continue reading

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