Category Archives: parser-based

IF Comp 2018: mini-reviews pt. 1

I am not going to have time to write up detailed thoughts about every game I play in the Comp; with a lot of games I don’t feel as though I have a huge amount to say about them, for … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Birmingham IV

This is a port of an I7 game written in 1988, using The Quill, on a BBC Micro. In the intervening thirty years there have been rather a lot of developments in parser IF, in terms of design as much … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2018: Charming

IF Comp 2018 is upon us. (It’s been upon us for a while, but I was traveling and then sick). I’ve got a blurb-reviewing post brewing, as in previous years, but it’s coming along slowly: accordingly, I’m just going to … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017 Roundup

Voting is closed in the 2017 IF Comp. I made it through all of the top-tier games in my triage system and had time for a scattering of assorted pieces after that; I haven’t played anywhere near every one of the … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Measureless to Man

Measureless to Man (Ivan R) is an Inform game. It’s aiming for a weird-fiction / Lovecraftian horror kind of vibe: a doomed protagonist slouches towards an ominous fate for reasons which never become entirely clear. It’s a plot which is basically ‘weird … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: Eat Me

ME (regarding game list): I… guess I’d better play the vore game. CHORUS: Lord-a-mercy but that vore game is A Lot. ME: Yes. Yes it most certainly is. Eat Me (Chandler Groover) is a limited-parser Inform game. The main verb of … Continue reading

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IF Comp 2017: The Wizard Sniffer

The Wizard Sniffer (Buster Hudson) is an Inform game in which you play a pig guiding a heroic-fantasy Hero. It seems like precisely the kind of game that tends to perform well in the Comp environment: it’s a cheerful and mildly subversive … Continue reading

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