[IFComp 2012] Sunday Afternoon

[IFComp 2012] Sunday Afternoon

I start Sunday afternoon (on a Monday afternoon) and the writing style is immediately familiar to me. The game is by Virgil Hilts and the game lists the author as a pseudonym. I’m an almost-ten year old who is stuck inside on a warm Sunday afternoon and it turns out that Aunt Emma and Uncle Stephen … Continue reading

[IFComp 2012] howling dogs

[IFComp 2012] howling dogs

I started howling dogs by Porpentine, and the title is inspired by a quote by Kenzaburō Ōe, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1994. “One morning at dawn the nurse shook him awake because his sobs were being heard in the next room. Once he was awake he could hear that not only was … Continue reading

[IFComp 2012] Changes

[IFComp 2012] Changes

You wake and see blood. There’s blood everywhere. So much blood, that at first you don’t realise there’s a figure behind the blood. It’s alive, just; there’s a face, twisted with pain, and more blood that bubbles from its mouth as it breathes, and a hand that spasms as it tries to paw at the thing projecting from … Continue reading

[IFComp 2012] Lunar Base I

[IFComp 2012] Lunar Base I

Lunar Base I by Michael Wayne Phipps Jr. is his second IF game and the last one for today. I am a captain of a spaceship and kind of a short dude. My even shorter friend and I land on the moon and are going to be installed on the lunar base, but it appears … Continue reading

[IFComp 2012] J’Dal

[IFComp 2012] J’Dal

J’dal  by Ryan Kinsman opens me up to Drunk Jack’s Tavern, and I immediately think I will like this Drunk Jack. It turns out I never get to meet Drunk Jack, and the waitress won’t let me order a beer. Sad face. Meanwhile, the game is telling to look and eat and wait. This is a very bossy game. … Continue reading

[IFComp 2012] Guilded Youth

[IFComp 2012] Guilded Youth

The opening screen to Guilded Youth by Jim Munroe, who submitted Everybody Dies for the 2008 IF Comp. I literally clapped my hands in glee at the set up. It turns I’m a teen thief who also is in a guild. A manor destined to be demo-ed beckons me, and as I’m a thief looking for stuff, … Continue reading

[IFComp 2012] The Sealed Room

[IFComp 2012] The Sealed Room

The Sealed Room, on the Alan platform, is by Robert DeFord. He’s written several other games, including The Egg and the Newbie and Negotis: Book 1. This was a very simple little game. Essentially, your character meets a strange old man who poofs you to a room with a dragon and a unicorn. Through talking … Continue reading

IF Comp 2012

IF Comp 2012

Ahhhh. October. My favorite time of the year and the opening of the 2012 Interactive Fiction Competition. Reading the reviews are always part of the fun and this year marks my first year reviewing. The rating system is 1 (lowest) – 10 (highest). My ratings will try to mirror how Emily Short rated the 2011 IFComp: … Continue reading