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IF Comp 2017 Roundup

Voting is closed in the 2017 IF Comp. I made it through all of the top-tier games in my triage system and had time for a scattering of assorted pieces after that; I haven’t played anywhere near every one of the … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Insignificant Little Vermin

Insignificant Little Vermin (Filip Hracek) is a heroic-fantasy dungeon-crawl; the protagonist is an escaped slave in an orcish stronghold, and must fight their way out while doing as much damage as possible. There are illustrations. These are at their strongest when … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Harbinger

In Harbinger (Kenna May, Twine) you play a talking crow on the run from an unleashed evil; initially isolated, you team up with a witch and her apprentice to deal with the apocalyptic threat. (Gosh, but this is a witchy … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: 10pm

10pm (litrouke) is a Twine piece depicting a single conversation. The protagonist, Bird, is a twelve-year-old boy who only speaks in pictograms (which might represent sign language, though I don’t think this is ever made explicit). His guardian, Ty, understands them … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: a partial list of things for which I am grateful

a partial list of things for which I am grateful (Devon Guinn) is an extremely short Twine piece. Any review of it will inevitably take up more words than are in the actual piece. Its main use of hypertext is … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: The Traveller

The Traveller (Kaelan Doyle Myerscough) is an visual novel about space exploration, alien contact and loneliness. The story is highly Odyssey-influenced, to the point where it might be readable as a very loose retelling: the protagonist is a lost wanderer trying to find … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Hexteria Skaxis Qiameth

Hexteria Skaxis Qiameth (Gabriel Floriano) is a short Twine piece about language. It’s extremely Borgesian, so much so that it’s really best thought of as Borges fanfic. It’s quite good Borges fanfic, with a good ear for the basic tone, and … Continue reading

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