Ratings and Reviews by Stephane F.

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Noir d'Encre, by Nathanaël Marion
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An Abbreviated Night Before Christmas, by Adam Thornton
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The Blind House, by Amanda Allen

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
An experience more than an adventure, September 24, 2020
by Stephane F. (Nancy, France)

Maybe it's because I'm not a native English speaker, but I didn't understand much of the story. Apart from this minor drawback, The Blind House is a very well written interactive fiction, with descriptions that are both sober and striking, and that manage to distill a real unease, a heavy, mysterious atmosphere, where one constantly expects things to go very wrong. The house offers a significant number of objects to examine and manipulate, the few puzzles are not complicated enough to be really frustrating, and generally speaking the flow of the game is very good. An experience more than an adventure.

My transcript here :

http://me-myself-if.blogspot.com/2020/09/transcript-of-blind-house-by-amanda.html

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Peut-être est-ce dû au fait que je ne suis pas nativement anglophone, mais je n'ai à peu près rien compris à l'histoire. En dehors de cet inconvénient mineur, The Blind House est une fiction interactive très bien écrite, aux descriptions à la fois sobres et frappantes, et qui arrivent à distiller un réel malaise, une ambiance pesante, mystérieuse, où l'on s'attend sans cesse à ce que les choses tournent très mal. La maison offre un nombre appréciable d'objets à examiner et manipuler, les quelques puzzles ne sont pas assez compliqués pour être vraiment frustrants, et d'une manière générale le flow du jeu est très bon. Une expérience plus qu'une aventure.


The Curse of Rabenstein, by Stefan Vogt

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Great game, May 9, 2020
by Stephane F. (Nancy, France)

Great writing, doubleplus great graphics, honest puzzles (I mean : not made for making you feel less intelligent than the author). A must play.


Basket-ball, by Auraes
Un superbe exemple, March 13, 2020
by Stephane F. (Nancy, France)

... de ce que l'amertume peut conduire à faire, pour au final ne faire que polluer une base de données. Continue comme ça, camarade !


Guilded Youth, by Jim Munroe
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And You May Find Yourself, by VPC
A promising start, January 29, 2020
by Stephane F. (Nancy, France)

As it has already been written here, this game is incomplete. It offers about 5 minutes of reading, and is rather well written and interesting. Impossible to tell if it's a psychological novel, a fantasy story, science fiction, or something paranoid à la Philip K. Dick (which certain themes or characters made me think of). Hopefully the author will finish his work one day.


Three More Visitors , by Paul Stanley

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Casual and moving, January 4, 2020
by Stephane F. (Nancy, France)

I found the game moving and very well-written. The descriptions are not only "descriptive" but also very narrative, which gives a litterary feeling.

We are very passive at several moments of the story, but it is emblematic of the whole game: we know what to do, we know what actions will make the story progress. We can speak of interactive fiction as "participatory reading" or "engaging reading" when the actions are limited, simple, ultra-obvious, simply allowing the player to read a story while having the pleasant impression of collaborating in its unfolding. It is like turning pages, but more active; we act in an intradiegetic way instead of simply acting on the very object that is the support of the work.

This is almost more a short-story with slight participation of the reader, than an actual "text game". For example, (Spoiler - click to show)the key is useless: you have it from the beginning of the game, with no reason to lose it, and no reason not to be able to open the door (unless you drop the key before trying to enter; but why to do such a thing?). The author could just as easily have connected the "Courtyard" room and the inside of the house, without a door in between. I interpret the fact that he chose to implement a door and a key as the will to stick to Interactive Fiction standards. The objects and the organization of space are not necessary, but correspond to a tradition.

That said, there are a few embryonic puzzles — (Spoiler - click to show) I would never have thought to give this coin to the Chinese if the ghost hadn't suggested it to me... This is the first "puzzle" of the game, and although it is the simplest ever conceived (there is no other possibility than to give this piece to the man) it surprises relatively because until then the story was progressing more or less on rails. The fact that the author felt the need to suggest what to do to the player suggests that he was aware that he was creating a break, however small it might be. — that didn't diminish the pleasure I had reading/playing Three More Visitors.

Longer review here : https://me-myself-if.blogspot.com/2020/01/three-more-visitors-by-paul-stanley.html


Une conversation avec Bruno Mortamet, by big-benny
Où comment polluer l'IFDB, October 9, 2019
by Stephane F. (Nancy, France)

Je ne mets pas de note, ce truc ne mérite pas 1 sur 5. Ni même de review, finalement.


Récits de grand-père, by Rémi Verschelde (Akien)
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