Monthly Archives: October 2018

IF Comp 2018: mini-reviews, part 2

Brief notes on Adventures with Fido,  Dynamite Powers vs. the Ray of Night, A Final Grind, The Forgotten Tavern, Intel Mission, Junior Arithmancer, Murder at the Manor, Shackles of Control, and smooch.click. Advertisements

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IF Comp 2018: Grimnoir

Grimnoir is a choice-based supernatural-detective story with an unprepossessing title. It’s not all that grim, or at least not any more grim than you’d expect out of ‘supernatural detective.’ I’m not convinced that it’s all that noir, either, although that’s harder … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Six Silver Bullets

Six Silver Bullets is a parser-based spy game. It’s weird and uncomfortable. It’s an odd duck, difficult to assess. I expect to get at least one game a year completely wrong, and this seems a strong candidate for that. You … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: mini-reviews pt. 1

I am not going to have time to write up detailed thoughts about every game I play in the Comp; with a lot of games I don’t feel as though I have a huge amount to say about them, for … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Canadian Commodities Trader Simulation Exercise

Let’s Explore Geography! Canadian Commodities Trader Simulation Exercise is a game where you have a big truck and a million dollars and you drive around Canada buying and selling stuff. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be an edutainment … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: LET’S ROB A BANK

LET’S ROB A BANK, by Bethany Nolan, is a choice-based game in which you pick a team of criminals – distraction, getaway driver, muscle – and, well, rob a bank. It does not go well. There’s the germ of a … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Animalia

Animalia is a game in which you play four forest creatures who are trying to cover up the ritual sacrifice of a small child by piloting a replica of that small child. You get to choose which animals control the … Continue reading

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