Posted by: Ben | October 25, 2014

if: Creatures Such As We

This is a review of Creatures Such As We, a web-based game by 2013 winner Lynnea Glasser, written in ChoiceScript.

The usual disclaimers apply:

  1. No misanthropy intended.

  2. Not your peer group.

  3. Grim = 1-3. Good = 4-7. Great = 8-10.

  4. Content warning: may contain content.

(My earlier review of the same author’s 2010 entry, Divis Mortis.)

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Posted by: Ben | October 12, 2014

if: Excelsior

This is a review of Excelsior, a z-code game in the 2014 Interactive Fiction Competition by Arthur DiBianca.

But first, some disclaimers:

1) Even if I hate your game, I don’t hate you.

2) Your game is better than mine, since I haven’t yet written anything capable of being shown to another human being. Sorry.

3) Ratings are at this stage only on a three-point scale of Great, Good and Grim.

4) This review may include content that some people might not want to read.

5) If you are the author and you want a transcript, please get in touch and ask for one.

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Posted by: Ben | October 11, 2014

if: Origins

This is a review of Origins, a hypertext-based game in the 2014 Interactive Fiction Competition, by Vincent Zeng and Chris Martens.  My standard disclaimers:

  1. Even if I hate your game, I love you.  But not in a creepy way.

  2. Your game is better than mine, since I haven’t written anything capable of being shown to another human being. But criticism is a skill too!

  3. Ratings are on a three-point scale of Great, Good and Grim, which will be finessed into a rating out of ten in time for the competition voting deadline.

  4. This review may contain (a) spoilers right to the end of the game in question, (b) adult themes and (c) material that some people may find offensive.

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Posted by: Ben | October 9, 2014

if: Icepunk

Those IF Comp 2014 disclaimers again:

  1. Even if I hate your game, I love you.

  2. Your game is better than mine, since I haven’t written anything capable of being shown to another human being. But criticism is a skill too!

  3. Ratings are on a three-point scale of Great, Good and Grim, which will be finessed into a rating out of ten in time for the competition voting deadline.

  4. This review may contain (a) spoilers right to the end of the game in question, (b) adult themes and (c) material that some people may find offensive.

On with today’s review, which is Icepunk, a Twine game by Page13oy.

(But first I’d like to take this opportunity to enthusiastically agree with this post by Carolyn VanEseltine on the subject of Twine as Interactive Fiction.)

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Posted by: Ben | October 5, 2014

if: The Black Lily

It’s October, so it’s time for the annual Interactive Fiction Competition, which this year is the twentieth. What a phenomenal achievement by the IF community and the various competition organisers. And to think, some people say video games are still a young medium.

For various unimportant reasons I have barely played an IF game of any description in four years. I expect I’ve missed out on some classics. Consequently if you want an informed perspective on the scene, I am the last person whose reviews you should read. And yet, here they are.

Disclaimers follow:

1) Even if I hate your game, I love you.
2) Your game is better than mine, since I haven’t yet written anything capable of being shown to another human being. But criticism is a skill too!
3) If you want a transcript, please get in touch and ask for one. I reserve the right to edit my own inputs to make myself look better.
4) Ratings are on a three-point scale of Great, Good and Grim, which will be finessed into a rating out of ten in time for the competition voting deadline.
5) This review may contain (a) spoilers right to the end of the game, (b) adult themes and (c) material that some people may find offensive.

Disclaimers out of the way, time for the first game, which is (drumroll:)

The Black Lily, a z-code game by Hannes Schueller.

(Here’s my review of Hannes Schueller’s 2009 entry, The Believable Adventures of an Invisible Man. My younger self gave it a grumpy 3 out of 10 but word on the street is that a later reworked version was better.)

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