Archive for October, 2011

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IF Comp ’11 – Andrew Metzger’s Fog Convict!

October 31, 2011

I’m back!  Did you miss me?  I missed me.  Let’s play a game.

The blurb on this one makes it hard to tell if it’s a thriller or a comedy.  A thrilledy.  A Phyllis Thriller.

I am ridiculously proud of that last joke.  Moving along!

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IF Comp ’11 – Lutein Hawthorne’s The Guardian!

October 21, 2011

Let’s see, what next?  We could play this thing that bills itself as an entry-level fantasy adventure, sure.  Isn’t lutein one of the fundamental building blocks of DNA?

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IF Comp ’11 – Josephine Wynter’s Vestiges!

October 21, 2011

Let’s take advantage of the daylight and play something creepy-looking.  Hmm, fewer overt horror games on the list than last year, although I don’t trust the Australian hide-and-seek games at all.  They are no doubt working together to lull us into fond complacent nostalgia so they can get their squamous eldritch tentacles all up in our brainpan and feed off our energies and like that.  (Wasn’t that the plot of Needful Things?  I have pretty much zero memory of what went down in Needful Things.)  How about this one?

You awake in a grave, with no memory of who you are or what happened to you. Using the items around you, you must escape the entity pursuing you and uncover the astounding truth of your origin.
That’ll do, peg.  That’ll do.

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IF Comp ’11 – Pam Comfite’s Playing Games!

October 19, 2011

I have not even the remotest idea what this game is about.  This is always an exciting time, filled with potential, but it makes it difficult to RSS-buff.  I should get a cat.  Or have a kid.  No one’s fingers would blister from the blazing speed with which they dialed social services if I had a kid, I’m sure.  I had a houseplant when I lived at the Asymmetric office, a schefflera, but it was sort of unhealthy-looking when I left, and had these furry white cocoons or some shit on its leaves, and I didn’t want furry white God-knows-whats hatching in my new apartment, but I didn’t want to just throw a living thing into the garbage, so I hid it behind a hedge in the front yard and sprinted for it.  I am not sure if me simply not knowing whether it’s alive or dead means it’s in a quantum state or if I actually have to set up a poison vial and a decaying atom, but yeah, I probably shouldn’t have kids, is my point.

What’s your point?

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IF Comp ’11 – Jared Smith’s Luster!

October 19, 2011

In the outskirts of a deserted town, the adventurer carefully explore, looking for rare gems.
If there’s one thing I enjoy in a game context, it’s carefully exploring, looking for rare gems.  Actually, wait, if I only get one thing, I’m’a have to go with setting shit on fucking fire.  Oh, wait, no, unlockable hats!

Maybe I can trade the gems for hats and set them on fire.  Yeah.  That’s bound to be what this game is about.

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IF Comp ’11 – Lynnea Dally’s The Tenth Plague!

October 18, 2011

Why is Lynnea Dally’s name familiar… oh, she did last year’s cheerful zombie hospital game where many of the male players were surprised to suddenly discover they liked boys.  I enjoyed that one well enough.  Hopefully the tenth plague, the plague of cat videos, is equally peppy.

Let’s find out!

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IF Comp ’11 – Anssi Raisanen’s Ted Paladin and the Case of the Abandoned House!

October 18, 2011

Known for your text adventure skills, you have been called in for help to reveal the secrets of a locked, abandoned house scheduled to be demolished soon.
I enjoy the notion that my character is a gifted text-adventure protagonist.  Anssi Raisanen entered an odd, short, vivid puzzler to the competition three years ago back when people cared more about umlauts, and I am interested to see what he’s done now.  I am even interested enough to shut up and start playing the game.

[spoilers begin here]

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