[IF Comp 2019] Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: The Text Adventure

Turns out having a three-year-old doesn’t leave me with the same kind of leisure time I used to have in 2014 or so. I also felt a bit daunted by the number of games in the comp. So here it is, just a few days before judging ends, and I’m trying a few. For the first time, though, I’m not playing the games in a random order, but just playing one that intrigue me. I’m also only going to play parser-based games; I know there are some good CYOA-types, but I personally find bad choice-based games much more annoying than bad parser-based games, so this feels like a safer gamble with my limited time.

Let’s see if I can get through five games before the deadline!

Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: The Text Adventure, by Pippin Barr, is a short parser-based piece based on Greek myths.

You’re dead, but you’re not on Charon’s list.

Impersonate mythological Greek figures (and Zeno!) and suffer eternal punishment in Hades in their place, for better or worse. Okay, it’s definitely for worse.

Review (with minor spoilers) after the cut.

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[IF Comp 2018] Dream Pieces 2

Dream Pieces 2: The Lego Box, by Iam Curio, is an online word puzzle game.

Cover art for Dream Pieces 2

Sequel to Dream Pieces.

You got trapped in a dream again before your birthday. Now you are a figurine toy and everything is made of lego!

Escape a series of rooms with puzzles by playing with pieces of words.

Review (with minor spoilers) after the cut.

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[IF Comp 2018] Adventures with Fido

Adventures with Fido by Lucas C. Wheeler is a choice-based online game written in Twine.

Cover art for Adventures with Fido

“You are a Corgi in a sunny backyard.” A simple premise becomes a world of opportunity in the paws of your protagonist. Explore your humble beginnings, and unlock worlds of wonder and intrigue as you complete quests, achieve objectives, earn currency, and build friendships. From a trip to the clouds to a haunted mansion to an underground kingdom, how much can a Corgi like you really get up to while exploring a backyard?

You can play it online here.

Review (with spoilers) after the cut.

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[IF Comp 2018] the anticipation

(distracted from work, obsessively refreshing ifcomp.org …)

Ah, there it is!

77 games this year. Whew. The first time I judged IF Comp (ten years ago!), there were 24, and I didn’t make it through all of them in the judging period. Even if I didn’t have a toddler running around my house, I’d put my odds of playing all the games this year at slim to none. Said toddler takes the “slim to” out of that.

Still, I’m very excited to get to the end of my work day and dive in! As of right now, I’m planning to play games in my randomly-generated order, though I reserve the right to stop playing a game very early if it’s not holding my attention. I’ll also do my best to review everything I do play – my success rate on that has generally been about 90%, so we’ll see how that goes, too.


[IF Comp 2017] Land of the Mountain King

This isn’t an actual review of Land of the Mountain King by Kenneth Pedersen, because I can’t play it. It’s an ADRIFT 5 game, which can only be played by downloading ADRIFT 5 or via a Windows executable file. And ADRIFT 5 only works on Windows, also. The ADRIFT site suggested I could also perhaps download Mono, which seems to be an emulator of some kind, but it mentioned that this was untested for the Mac version of Mono.

At this point, it became too complicated for me, especially since the game sounds like it focuses on random combat, which is not really my jam. Sorry, Kenneth Pedersen. It’s not personal.

If you ARE into random combat, and DO own a Windows machine (or are more tolerant of fiddling with new software than I am), you can find Land of the Mountain King here.

[IF Comp 2017] The Murder in the Fog

The Murder in the Fog is a browser-playable, choice-based story by Xiao Ru.


On a freezing night,the classroom was surrounded by fog.A girl sent you a wired picture ,saying that she’s in danger and ask for your help. She was the one you had affection with. What would you do ?

You can play the game online here, though the author recommends “Please download this game for the best experience.”

Review after the cut.

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