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IF Comp 2019: Dull Grey

Dull Grey (Provodnik Games, web) is a choice-based game about restricted choices. The protagonist, Kir, is a youth on the verge of adulthood, living in a remote and frozen region of a vaguely-defined but very Soviet-feeling future society. The time has … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Slugocalypse

Slugocalypse (Charlotte Blatchford, Twine) is a disaster story told with Twine. The cover pretty much gives you the setup: giant slugs are attacking small-town Britain. (Although that’s a duck, not an untitled goose. It’s a giant duck and you ride it.) The … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: The Sweetest Honey

The Sweetest Honey (Mauro Couto, Twine) is a choice-based story about depression and fear, originally written for a Spanish-language game jam and translated into English. Anima, the protagonist, is middle-aged and divorced; his ex-wife dislikes him and his son openly loathes … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Faerethia

  Faerethia (Peter Eastman, Twine) is a piece about utopia. Let’s begin with that title. That title is a lot, my dudes. That title is something that a late-Victorian weirdo called E. Stratford Pillwater would have dreamed up for his utopian … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: iamb ici

iamb(ici) (Jo Lourdez, Twine) is a game set in the chatrooms of a poetry website. Most immediately, it’s an idealised portrait of an online art community. The most prominent features: trolls are promptly dealt with; people are generally warm and welcoming … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Truck Quest

Truck Quest (Donald Conrad and Peter M.J. Gross, Twine) is a game about trucking and getting ahead in the world. It’s fully illustrated, typically with animations. I do not love its MS Painty / cheesy 90s Windows game aesthetic, but it … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Girth Loinhammer and the Quest for the Unsee Elixir

Girth Loinhammer and the Quest for the Unsee Elixir (Damon L. Wakes, Twine) is a short fantasy comedy. The protagonist is a dark-lord type, but people only visit his dungeon for kink purposes, and he’s sick of it. There are far … Continue reading

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