Category Archives: interactive fiction

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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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: Sugarlawn

Sugarlawn (Mike Spivey, Inform) is a puzzle game set in a Louisiana plantation mansion. It’s a timed optimisation puzzle – basically Captain Verdeterre’s Plunder, but bigger and without the good funny rat, plus it’s a gameshow. It’s pitched as an escape room. 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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IF Comp 2019: Jon Doe – Wildcard Nucleus

Jon Doe – Wildcard Nucleus (Olaf Nowacki, Inform) is a James Bond pastiche; a computer scientist is mysteriously dead, his daughter is dating the head of a sinister corporation, and M15 sends you to investigate. James Bond parodies, as a … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Summer Night City

Summer Night City (ghoti, Twine) is a piece about paranoia, covert resistance and bartending. For unclear crimes, the protagonist has been captured and blinded by the oppressive Republic; he is now in a halfway house and employed as a bartender, but … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Eye Contact

Eye Contact (Thomas McMullan, Twine) is a short conversational game. The conversation is accompanied with photographs of the principal NPC, cropped to just the eyes.

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IF Comp 2019: Fat Fair

Fat Fair (AKheon, Glulx). I’m going to quote from the ABOUT text: The character of Borsch was adapted from some crude comics me and friends drew back in high school. So, if you were wondering about the humor being slightly juvenile … Continue reading

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