Category Archives: interactive fiction

IF Comp 2019: Valand

Valand (Ann Hugo, Twine) is a young adult fantasy adventure. The protagonist is washed up on a tropical island and finds themselves adopted by witches and also there’s a tiger and a mermaid?

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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: Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: The Text Adventure

Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: The Text Adventure (Pippin Barr, Inform) is a short concept/joke piece. Pippin Barr has made a whole bunch of small games on this theme. All of them seem to be riffs on the same basic idea … 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: Citizen of Nowhere

Citizen of Nowhere (Luke A. Jones, Inform) is a light puzzle game set in a fictional kingdom. It reads very much like children’s fantasy: there is an assortment of odd but friendly characters, an animal companion, and a pleasant if not … 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: Extreme Omnivore: Text Edition

Extreme Omnivore: Text Edition (Hazel Gold, Inform) is a short apartment game about being very hungry and wanting to eat things that are not food.

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IF Comp 2019: Zozzled

Zozzled (Steph Cherrywell, Inform) is a lightly-puzzly comedy adventure game. It’s Prohibition; ghosts have invaded a Seattle hotel, turning all the booze into water. As flapper Hazel Greene, you’re getting to the bottom of this. By drinking (wait for it) spirits.

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