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Heart’s Medicine: Time to Heal

It’s commonplace for a time-management game to feature character-driven plot, but Time to Heal sells itself really hard on narrative. The intro frames it as an original story. The game’s bumf is really focused on storytelling (and, in particular, that most irritating qualifier … Continue reading

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T.I.M.E. Stories

T.I.M.E. Stories is an adventure game in glossy board game packaging. Like Pandemic Legacy, it’s a one-shot board game, near-pointless to replay once you’ve won; you’re engaged in investigation, uncovering fixed, scripted information. (Unlike Pandemic Legacy, the process of play doesn’t … Continue reading

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Cannonfire Concerto

Cannonfire Concerto (Caleb Wilson) is a Choicescript fantasy piece about intrigue, music and war. It’s very good; if you’re mostly interested in the more writerly end of the Choicescript oeuvre, in courtly intrigue or in evocative worldbuilding fantasy, I thoroughly recommend it. … Continue reading

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IF Comp ’16: Cactus Blue Motel

Cactus Blue Hotel (Astrid Dalmady, Twine) is a southwestern-surreal coming-of-age road trip story. Three high-school graduates are on a road trip across the Southwest; they stop at a motel, which turns out to be a magical wainscot or polder, and early on it’s … Continue reading

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IF Comp ’16: Labyrinth of Loci

Labyrinth of Loci (anbrewk, Unity) is a choice-based dungeon-crawl, with atmospheric music and art design. It appears to be incomplete or buggy: my first two playthroughs both ended after a pretty short time with a big white rectangle in the middle of … Continue reading

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IF Comp ’16: The Queen’s Menagerie

The Queen’s Menagerie (Chandler Groover, Texture) is a shortish piece about feeding monsters. It’s highly Gothic; the closest comparison I can think of is Mervyn Peake, although the thematics are very much in the same general territory as With Those We Love Alive. Menagerie … Continue reading

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IF Comp ’16: Yes, my mother is…

Yes, my mother is… is a piece of near-future social SF, focused on n/a, a social movement with the impossible aspiration of completely sui generis identity and presentation. The protagonist, an n/a counselor and the daughter of a prominent figure in the early … Continue reading

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