Category Archives: interactive fiction

IF Comp 2019: The Shadow Witch

The Shadow Witch (Healy, RPGMaker) is a short game in which you’re a mean witch and go around being a jerk. I really don’t like RPGMaker. I realise, as an appreciator of parser-based IF, that I don’t have too much ground to hate … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: A Blue Like No Other

A Blue Like No Other (Dan Cox, web) is a short piece told through an education game. The idea is that you’re doing digital archaeology on an old piece of unpublished language-teaching software, but All Is Not As It Seems.

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IF Comp 2019: The Four Eccentrics

The Four Eccentrics (Mild Cat Bean, Inform) is a surreal fantasy adventure set in a dream city; things have gone awry and the protagonist has to sort them out. It’s a pretty large game, and opens on a large map … Continue reading

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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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