Category Archives: parser-based

IF Comp 2019: Randomized escape

Randomized escape (Yvan Uhlmann, I7) is a procedurally generated survival horror game; an amnesiac protagonist explores an abandoned city and is menaced by creepy things.

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IF Comp 2019: Skybreak!

Skybreak! (William Dooling, ADRIFT) is a CRPG-ish science-fantasy space adventure. As a wandering adventurer, you will fly to dozens of systems and spend only a little time on each before moving on. There’s actually quite a few examples of this sort … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2019: Enceladus

Enceladus (Robb Sherwin, Hugo) is a madcap action-adventure parser game where the crew of a grimy spaceship tangle with an old rival and have to put down on a backwater moon. If you’ve ever played a Robb Sherwin game, you’ll be … Continue reading

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IF Comp 19: For The Moon Never Beams

For The Moon Never Beams (J. Michael) is a nostalgic parser adventure where your girlfriend turns into a werewolf and you’ve got to deal with it instead of going to prom. So, OK, I get a bit tired by the continual … Continue reading

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Introcomp 2019

Introcomp, one of interactive fiction’s long-running annual events, is out, with eleven entries. The past few Introcomps I have either missed or only looked at briefly, and I think I’ve got an expectations mismatch going on. I think that the value … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Recommendations

Voting in the IF Comp is concluded for this year, so before we get the actual results, here are the works of interactive fiction that I’d encourage people to play. This year I didn’t really have a single clear favourite … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Alias ‘The Magpie’

Alias ‘The Magpie’ is a parser comedy in which you’re a gentleman jewel thief who has infiltrated a country manor. For some reason I was expecting a Wodehousian comedy; the time period feels about right for that, although the game … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Bullhockey!

Bullhockey! is a puzzly scavenger-hunt game. It’s considerably long – longer than anyone is likely to finish in the judging period without heavy use of the walkthrough. The protagonist wakes up to find that his girlfriend has left him, his apartment … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018 mini-reviews, pt. 3

More capsule reviews of games that I don’t have a full review for: Awake, HMS Spaceman, Instruction Set, I Should Have Been That I Am, Nightmare Adventure, Space Punk Moon Tour and The Stone of Wisdom.

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IF Comp 2018: mini-reviews, part 2

Brief notes on Adventures with Fido,  Dynamite Powers vs. the Ray of Night, A Final Grind, The Forgotten Tavern, Intel Mission, Junior Arithmancer, Murder at the Manor, Shackles of Control, and smooch.click.

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