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IFComp 2014: Ending comments   Leave a comment

I have finished reviewing every game from IFComp 2014, so have collected links to every review as a page on this blog.

You can check that page for just the list, but I reproduce it here along with some general comments about the competition:

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Posted October 29, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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IFComp 2014: Transparent   2 comments

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The camera flash reveals, for an instant, a pale arm reaching out of the dirt.

Transparent by Hanon Ondricek is a parser game that involves exploring a manor while wielding a camera. There is supposed to be a second unit helping take photographs, but they seem to have gone missing.

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Posted October 28, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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IFComp 2014: Sigmund’s Quest   2 comments

One morning, a messenger arrives from Götaland, bearing a letter from Siggeir.

The letter reads, “Dear Sigmund, Signý and I hope this letter finds you well. We would like to invite you and your family to the harvest festival, here in Götaland. We hope to see you and your marvelous sword there.”

Sigmund’s Quest by Gregor Holtz is perhaps the most graphical of the IFComp entries this year, having scenes in a pixellated style:

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Posted October 28, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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IFComp 2014: The Secret Vaults of Kas the Betrayer   Leave a comment

Attempts to locate the party failed, primarily because of poor villagers being paid for their silence by Kas’s crew.

The few reports that did reach the King’s court consisted of rumors about a dwarf who split the mountain and built a palace filled with riches before the sunset on a single day.

A.E. Jackson’s The Secret Vaults of Kas the Betrayer goes for fantasy heft straightaway with its title. I kept a running “word map” of all the references, because in this sort of game I find it easy to get lost in a sea of names. (I did end up finding the fantasy backstory to have the right amount of thickness; not too dense, not too implausible.)

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Posted October 27, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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IFComp 2014: Tea Ceremony   3 comments

“And now you presume to speak to one of the hrrugh without a proper introduction? Insolent blorg!” (Great. Apparently your translator module is faulty.) “I cannot hold a grrbog under such conditions. Produce your rrha or cease wasting my time.”

Naomi Hinchen’s Tea Ceremony involves some awkward and under-prepared diplomacy with an alien.

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Posted October 26, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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IFComp 2014: AlethiCorp   Leave a comment

Immanuel Kant taught us that it is important to obey authority, so that your actions will follow a consistent general rule. He even demonstrated that it would be wrong to lie to the police, if they want to know where your friend is hiding. Always keep that in mind, and you will have a great career at AlethiCorp :).

Simon Christiansen is the wag who last year entered a PDF gamebook into the competition, instructing judges to print it out. This year he asks us to apply for a job at Alethicorp.

TRIVIA: Did you know pictures of eyes can reduce cheating on tests, and make people contribute more to an honesty box?

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Posted October 26, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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IFComp 2014: Following Me   Leave a comment

Tia Orisney’s Following Me is of a style I thought I might be seeing more of: the classic Choose Your Own Adventure book. (Caveat: As fas I know none of the originals involved fleeing from serial killers.)

I should probably explain: our mom took her intuition to a higher level by believing that a finding a black ribbon on the ground meant that someone was going to die. The “theory” behind that had something to do with how, when her father had died, she’d worn a black ribbon around her arm for a year. This was too far into the world of hoodoo nonsense for me, but for a moment when I’d seen that glove I’d been frozen by panic. Aria must have thought the same thing, she hadn’t wanted to go anywhere near it.

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Posted October 25, 2014 by Jason Dyer in Interactive Fiction

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