IF 2009 – Gleaming the Verb

October 3, 2009

Gleaming the Verb

I would give the blurb, but there seems like there is none.

Okay, full disclosure here, I read about 4 reviews of this before I played.  Maybe that colored my impression, but I seriously doubt it.  There’s just not a lot here to impress.

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IF 2009 – Byzantine Perspective

October 3, 2009

Byzantine Perspective

Burb says: Your task is simple enough. Just nab the chalice.

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Interactive Fiction 2009 Judging

October 3, 2009

So, I was inspired to start judging the annual Interactive Fiction contest again.  I’ve been playing IF for a long time now, but I’ve never entered the contest or, really, made a game.  Well, made a game that wasn’t hello world.   Anyway, you should see them here.   I judged 2 years ago, and I seem to remember that most of the games were pretty bad, but if they were all good, would that be as fun?

Blogs that inspired me to do this to myself:

http://minimumsafedistance.org/

http://emshort.wordpress.com/

http://pissylittlesausages.wordpress.com/

http://nitku.net/blog/

http://jeremyfreese.wordpress.com/

I let the IF site give me a random list to review, because who know if I’ll make it through all the games.   Here’s the first few I’ll be doing:

  1. Trap Cave
  2. Interface
  3. Byzantium Perspective
  4. The Believable Adventures of an Invisible Man
  5. The Ascot
  6. Earl Grey

IF 2009 – Interface

October 3, 2009

Interface

The blurb says: What happens when your favorite Uncle, a successful electronics company owner, has you try out his latest invention? Of course, something goes amiss and you must struggle to set it all right or suffer the consequences. Deliberately “Old School” romp.

I don’t have a lot to add that’s not spoilerish….  So without further ado.
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IF 2009 – Trap Cave

October 3, 2009

Trap Cave

I’ll try and post enough filler or other non spoiler comments at the top here, and such to avoid accidental spointers, and I’ll break before I get into my play by play thoughts on the game, but if you don’t want to be spoiled, you should probably stop reading now.

Trap Cave seems to be the only custom engine game this year.   Usually custom engine games are a bit of a red flag.   The blurb doesn’t inspire confidence, mentioning that it is a demo for his engine.
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