Category Archives: cyoa

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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IF Comp 2018: The Master of the Land

Next up in the Comp: The Master of the Land, a choice-based thing by Pseudavid. This is an intrigue-at-the-fancy-party game, set in a fictional Mediterranean nation early in the C19th. It’s Burburum Day, a kind of Carnival or Saturnalia, a … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Devotionalia

I started playing Devotionalia over lunch. Lunch was cheesy ramen. I had to stop within five minutes because the two experiences were not aesthetically compatible. Like a lot of weird fiction, this is a mood piece rather than a plot … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Abbess Otilia’s Life and Death

Next up in the Comp: Abbess Otilia’s Life and Death by A.B., a choice-based game presented as a medieval illuminated text. This is a work that was very obviously inspired by Harmonia (although it’s made in Twine rather than Windrift): it’s presented … Continue reading

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