[IF Comp 2017] What Once Was

What Once Was is a parser game by NecroDeath, a pseudonym for Luke Jones.

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Since it is a Quest game, whose downloadable files can only be played in Windows, I played it online. This also means I played the version that was updated on October 1.

Review (with some spoilers) after the cut.

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[IF Comp 2017] The Traveller

The Traveller is a minimally-interactive web-based visual novel by Kaelan Doyle Myerscough. It includes graphics and background music.

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Earth has fallen; the remains of humanity float adrift in space. To them, you are the savior of humanity… but on a routine scouting mission, you are lost, presumed dead. Alone in the vast expanse of space, you are a traveller with no home – and a mother who may never see her daughter again.

Explore five unique planets across time; encounter alien societies and make difficult moral choices; experience radically different themes, narrative trajectories and outcomes with every playthrough.

You can play it online here.

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[IF Comp 2017] The Wand

The Wand is a parser-based game by Arthur DiBianca.

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Explore the wizard Bartholloco’s castle with the help of a versatile magic wand. Can you overcome his challenge? Can you levitate a rock? Can you slice a baltavakia?

(Puzzle-oriented and family friendly.)

You can play it online here until the competition ends, or download it from the comp website.

Review (with some minor spoilers) after the cut.

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[IF Comp 2017] Goodbye Cruel Squirrel

Goodbye Cruel Squirrel is a parser-based game by Extra Mayonnaise.

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You are a gray squirrel in a suburban neighborhood. Your mission is to save your tribe from starvation. Enjoy the characters you meet, and be creative in solving puzzles.

You can play it online here until the end of the competition, or download it from the comp website.

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[IF Comp 2017] The Unofficial Sea-Monkey(R) Simulation

The Unofficial Sea-Monkey(R) Simulation is a web-based CYOA story by B.J. Best.

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Sometime during 1987, your father comes home from work–late, as usual. He tosses a small box onto the kitchen counter. “Here,” he says, “you wanted fish. You get these. Let’s see how you do first, and then maybe we’ll get a real tank.”

You can play it here until the end of the competition.

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[IFComp 2015] GROWBOTICS

GROWBOTICS is a browser-based piece by Cha Holland.

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A new generation in construction and creativity is finally here! No matter who you are GROWBOTICS will help you channel your inner artist.
A short exploration of invention, expectation, learning and context.
Minimal use of sound. Internet Explorer and mobile browsers are not fully supported.

You can play it here until the comp ends.

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