[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.

Review after the cut.

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[IFComp 2015] 5 Minutes to Burn Something!

I just played 5 Minutes to Burn Something! by Alex Butterfield.

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5 Minutes to Burn Something! is sort of a slice-of-life game, if your life is pretty wacky and your morals a bit tenuous. It’s a Z-code game, which I played using Zoom. It was updated almost immediately after the competition started to remove a bug that made the game possibly unwinnable, so I downloaded the updated version.

You’re great at burning bridges and midnight oil, but figurative fire can’t save you now.

Nice blurb.

You can download the game or play it online, both from IFComp.org. (At least while the comp is going on. I’ll try to remember to put in updated download information when the comp ends…)

Spoilers after the cut.

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[IFComp 2014] Tower

Tower, by Simon Deimel, is a parser-based game written in Inform. You can download it from the comp website or play it online here. I played it offline, as I prefer to do with parser-based games. The author has updated the game since the comp began, but I played the original version.

Out of the blue, and into the blue. And there you are, in a chamber, trying to find out what is going on. Everything is so unreal… what has happened to you? TOWER is a short interactive fiction with surreal elements.

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[IFComp 2014] One Night Stand

One Night Stand, by Giannis G. Georgiou, is a parser-based game made with Quest. It can be played online here. (It is not playable offline.) A note: you can play without registering, but if you want the ability to save your game, you have to make a free account with textadventures.co.uk or log in with another service (Google, Facebook, or Microsoft).

After a night of vodka and vague acquaintances, Sandy wakes up in an unknown bedroom, unable to remember the name of the man sleeping next to her.

Spoilers behind the cut.

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[IFComp 2014] Ugly Oafs

Ugly Oafs, by Perry Creel, is a parser-based game written in Inform. You can download it from the comp website or play it online here. I played it offline, as I prefer to do with parser-based games. Also, the author updated the game after the Comp began – the version I played was updated on October 9.

Push back the Wrath Pulse–or find the Fry Gun to destroy it for good!

A wordplay game with several ways to lose deliberately. Source code included.

Spoilers behind the cut.

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