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Grandma Bethlinda's Remarkable Egg, by Arthur DiBianca
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How it was then and how it is now, by Pseudavid
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A Papal Summons, or The Church Cat, by Bitter Karella
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My Gender Is a Fish, by Carter Gwertzman
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After-Words, by fireisnormal
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Cyborg Arena, by John Ayliff
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The Dead Account, by Naomi Norbez
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Weird Grief, by Naomi Norbez
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Choice of Alexandria, by Kevin Gold
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Surface, by Geoff Moore
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Crocodracula: The Beginning, by Ryan Veeder and Harrison Gerard
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Black Knife Dungeon, by Arthur DiBianca
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Asteroid Run: No Questions Asked, by Fay Ikin
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Sovereign Citizens, by Laura Paul and Max Woodring
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Perihelion, by Tim White
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Misty Hills, by Giuliano Roverato Martins Pereira
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Copper Canyon, by Tony Pisculli
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Take the Dog Out, by ell
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Excalibur, by J. J. Guest, G. C. Baccaris, and Duncan Bowsman
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The Wolf and the Seven Kids, by Moritz
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Advent Door, by Andrew Plotkin
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Ritus Sacri, by quackoquack
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After the Storm, by Luiza Alves
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Grunk and Cheese, by Admiral Jota
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Practical Astrology, by Admiral Jota

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After wrestling with Suspended, try this, December 7, 2020
by Sobol (Russia)

A small, silly parody of Suspended where you turn dials and observe, via monitors, how your settings affect the planet.

I think Admiral Jota's SpeedIF output is worth serious scrutiny for those who want to learn making very short but entertaining parser games. Being so brief and written under strict time constraints, his SpeedIFs don't offer deep stories, complex game worlds or clever puzzles; and yet they are fun to interact with.


BOAT PROM, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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Summonr, by Bryce Duzan
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Savor, by Ed Nobody
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Phantom, by Peter Eastman
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Alone, by Paul Michael Winters
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High Jinnks, by M. Nite Chamberlain
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Big Trouble in Little Dino Park, by Seth Paxton, Rachel Aubertin
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A Murder in Fairyland, by Abigail Corfman
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Popstar Idol Survival Game, by CrunchMasterGowon
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SOUND, by CynthiaP
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Quintessence, by Andrea M. Pawley
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Stand Up / Stay Silent, by Y Ceffyl Gwyn
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Babyface, by Mark Sample
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Quest for the Sword of Justice, by Damon L. Wakes
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The Turnip, by Joseph Pentangelo
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BYOD, by n-n
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Jolly Good: Cakes and Ale, by Kreg Segall
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Fight Forever, by Pako
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Chorus, by Skarn
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Sage Sanctum Scramble, by Arthur DiBianca
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What the Bus?, by E. Joyce
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Electric word, "life", by Lance Nathan
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Equal-librium, by Ima
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Congee, by Becci
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The Eidolon's Escape, by Mark Clarke
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The Cave, by Neil Aitken
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Minor Arcana, by Jack Sanderson Thwaite
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Passages, by Jared W Cooper
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A Rope of Chalk, by Ryan Veeder
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Tavern Crawler, by Josh Labelle
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At Night, by Oscar Martinez
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Several Other Tales from Castle Balderstone, by Ryan Veeder
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The Pinecone, by Joseph Pentangelo
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Lovely Assistant: Magical Girl, by Bitter Karella
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The Place, by Ima
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A Calling of Dogs, by Arabella Collins
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Mother Tongue, by Nell Raban
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The Eleusinian Miseries, by Mike Russo
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Captain Graybeard's Plunder, by Julian Mortimer Smith
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Move On, by Serhii Mozhaiskyi
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You Couldn't Have Done That, by Ann Hugo
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Limerick Quest, by Pace Smith
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The Moon wed Saturn, by Pseudavid
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Stoned Ape Hypothesis, by James Heaton
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Amazing Quest, by Nick Montfort
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Doppeljobs, by Lei
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Crème de la Crème, by Hannah Powell-Smith
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Mushroom Hunt, by Polyducks
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Wolfsmoon, by Marco Innocenti
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AI Dungeon, by Nick Walton
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Speed Demons, by Pleroma
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Yeti's Parole Officer, by KT Bryski
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A Player's Heart, by Melissa Scott

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Сhemises, curlicues and craquelins, August 10, 2020
by Sobol (Russia)

A series of scenes from the life of an opera performer (or a backstager, if you choose so) in an alternate reality version of the XIX century where doing opera is traditionally a female occupation - like in Shakespeare's time acting was a male-only profession.

I didn't find the overarching story about your theater's relations with the authorities really exciting, but the writing, the atmosphere and the richness of detail were good; the city of Tristendesande felt alive and interesting.

On the whole, the game was rather relaxing. There are some things at stake for the PC - your performances may prove more or less successful, the Opera may even be closed down - but you mainly go around eating delicious and well-described food, wearing elegant and well-described clothes, riding in carriages, singing in aristocratic salons, talking with mostly pleasant characters (there are no "villains" here, although there are conflicts of interests), casually seducing people and generally having a good time.


The Parenting Simulator, by Matt Simpson
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President Disaster, by Maeve Adams, Marc Faletti
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For Rent: Haunted House, by Gavin Inglis
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Sixth Grade Detective, by Laura Hughes

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Cute and cozy, June 14, 2020
by Sobol (Russia)

If you liked young detective games by Brendan Patrick Hennessy and Felicity Drake, you should probably also try Sixth Grade Detective. It's in the same genre, but with younger characters: the children are around 11 years old, and reading about their fluffy crushes is as sweet as watching Chico and Roberta dance. The mysteries you investigate are accordingly tamer - like finding a missing book in the second episode.

The characters are likeable and have some curious hidden depths; I was particularly surprised by Kyle, the leader of the bullies. And the fifth "case" was really heart-warming.


Binary, by Stephen Granade
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States of Awareness, by Kerry Taylor

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One of the highlights of the festival, April 20, 2020
by Sobol (Russia)

A concise, effective story with a couple of twists and interesting narrative mechanics akin to Common Ground.

It wouldn't work as static fiction. The player has to make choices without having full information and not knowing what to expect next - this experience is important in presenting the character of Nora Curtis. The plot structure doesn't just serve to tell a punchy zombie apocalypse tale; States of Awareness is also about personal relationships, and our current pandemic, and other things.

On my first playthrough, I got the most positive ending - but didn't realize it was the best for the characters until I replayed the game.


Depression Quest, by Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey, Isaac Schankler
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Mud Warriors, by Ryan Veeder
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Napier's Cache, by Vivienne Dunstan
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Braincase, by Dan Lance
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JELLY, by Tom Lento, Chandler Groover
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Another Love Story, by Hélène Sellier
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A Murder In Engrams, by Noah Lemelson
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Khellsphree, by Ralfe Rich
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The Prongleman Job, by Arthur DiBianca
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Quest for the Homeland, by Nikita Veselov
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Catch That Kitty, by Rohan
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Assemblage of Angels, by Els White
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The Land of Breakfast and Lunch, by Daniel Talsky
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composites, by B Minus Seven
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GUNBABY, by Damon L. Wakes
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The Golden, by Kerry Taylor
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4x4 Galaxy, by Agnieszka Trzaska
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Ryan Veeder's Authentic Fly Fishing, by Ryan Veeder
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All World Pro Wrestling, by David Monster and Jim Dattilo
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The Fog Knows Your Name, by Clio Yun-su Davis
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Glowgrass, by Nate Cull
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A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Steve Meretzky
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The Nemean Lion, by Anonymous
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Take, by Katherine Morayati (as Amelia Pinnolla)
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The Northnorth Passage., by Caleb Wilson (as Snowball Ice)
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Additional Tales from Castle Balderstone, by Ryan Veeder
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Meeting Robb Sherwin, by Jizaboz
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Mental Entertainment, by Thomas Hvizdos
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Pas De Deux, by Linus Åkesson
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robotsexpartymurder, by Hanon Ondricek
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The good people, by Pseudavid
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The Milgram Parable, by Peter Eastman
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Arram's Tomb, by James Beck
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Enceladus, by Robb Sherwin
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For the Moon Never Beams, by J. Michael
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Five Scarabs, by Agnieszka Trzaska
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Old Jim's Convenience Store, by Anssi Räisänen
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Turandot, by Victor Gijsbers
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Saint City Sinners, by dgallagher
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Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: The Text Adventure, by Pippin Barr
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Limerick Heist, by Pace Smith
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Slugocalypse, by Charlotte Blatchford
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Extreme Omnivore: Text Edition, by Hazel Gold
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Girth Loinhammer and the Quest for the Unsee Elixir, by Damon L. Wakes
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Chuk and the Arena, by Agnieszka Trzaska
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Planet C, by Mark Carew
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Zozzled, by Steph Cherrywell
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For the Cats, by Lei
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Dungeon Detective 2: Devils and Details, by Wonaglot
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Dull Grey, by Provodnik Games
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Rip Retold, by Hipolito
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Flygskam Simulator, by Katie Benson
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Sirens in the Distance, by Astrid Dalmady
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Night Guard / Morning Star, by Astrid Dalmady
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Skies Above, by Arthur DiBianca
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Lucerne, by Dimitri Kaviani
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The Ouroboros Trap, by Chad Ordway
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Pirateship, by Robin Johnson
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Eye Contact, by Thomas McMullan
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Break Stuff, by Amy Clare Fontaine
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The Surprise, by Candy Meldromon
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The Island, by Ann Hugo
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Behold!, by Admiral Jota

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A Short Game From 2001, November 13, 2019
by Sobol (Russia)

Those planning to participate in the recently announced Emily Short Anniversary Contest might be interested in this 2001 mini-tribute - a SpeedIF by Admiral Jota. Emily is the villain of the game, disrupting the XYZZY Awards ceremony. There's a reference to Metamorphoses and some other in-jokes.

In reality, the next ceremony went without incidents (you can read the transcript here); Emily won the Best NPCs XYZZY for her Pytho's Mask.


Tales from Castle Balderstone, by Ryan Veeder
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Psy High 2: High Summer, by Rebecca Slitt
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Just Bros Being Bros, by Not Safe Or Sane
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One Minute Mysteries, by Michael Gray
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I.A.G. Alpha, by Serhii Mozhaiskyi
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Jason and Medea, by Victor Gijsbers
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The Fourth Riddle, by reconditarmonia
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Monstr (A Dating Site, But For Monsters), by GalaxyKate
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100,000 Years, by Pierre Chevalier
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The Saga of Oedipus Rex, by Jac Colvin
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Trials of the Thief-Taker, by Joey Jones
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Fingertips: Please Pass the Milk Please, by Adri
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WE R THE WORLD, by Dan Hoy and Mike Kleine
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Darkness, by Jeff Schomay
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The Missing Ring, by Felicity Drake
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Writing Program Five, by Dan Cox
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San Francisco, 2118, by Leah Case
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The Devil and the Mayor, by Jonathan Laury
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Dashiell Hamlett: The Blue Dane Meets the Black Bird, by Tony Pisculli
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The Empty Chamber: A Celia Swift Mystery, by Tom Sykes
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Porter Cave Adventure, by Cam Miller
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69105 More Keys, by Andrew Schultz
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Among the Seasons, by Kieran Green
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a short walk in the spring, by Amorphous
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I Will Be Your Eyes And Hands, by Cam Miller
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Our Darkest Thoughts, by Jesse Villa
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Quiet, by Martyna "Lisza" Wasiluk
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The Ballroom, by Liza Daly
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The Martian Job, by M. Darusha Wehm
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The Phoenix Move, by Daniele Giardini
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Cannonfire Concerto, by Caleb Wilson
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The Hero Unmasked!, by Christopher Huang
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Psy High, by Rebecca Slitt
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Cannery Vale, by Hanon Ondricek (as Keanhid Connor)
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Heavenly, by Jim Aikin
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The Moonlit Tower, by Yoon Ha Lee
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The Naughty Neural Net, by Julius Tarng
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Death By Powerpoint, by Jack Welch
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Understudied, by Jonathan Laury
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Tethered, by Linus Åkesson
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Ostrich, by Jonathan Laury
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The Addicott Manor, by Intudia
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Murder at the Manor, by Obter9
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Tower, by Ryan Tan
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Erstwhile, by Aster Fialla, Marijke Perry
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Junior Arithmancer, by Mike Spivey
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Alias 'The Magpie', by J. J. Guest
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The Forgotten Tavern, by Peter M.J. Gross
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Into the Lair, by Kenna
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Ürs, by Christopher Hayes, Daniel Talsky
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A Woman's Choice, by Katie Benson
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Grimnoir, by ProP

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Urban fantasy done right, October 29, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

I had a dream based on Grimnoir after playing it. Don't really know what made this game so engaging; I guess it's just an interesting story, deliberately filled with recognizable clichés but humane and absorbing. It would make a good TV series.

After exploring and interviewing witnesses, at the end of each chapter you are faced with a diagnostic puzzle (in the vein of When in Rome). These puzzles make you read the previous text carefully, searching for clues, and not just skim through the links - which, of course, adds to the experience and makes the game world more vivid in your imagination. The bestiary guidebook you are given is well-researched and, in addition to unavoidable vampires and basilisks, features some rather unusual monsters; I was pleased to see it starting with Alkonost, a lesser-known creature from Russian folklore.


Lux, by Agnieszka Trzaska
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H.M.S. Spaceman, by Nat Quayle Nelson, Diane Cai
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And You May Find Yourself, by VPC
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Terminal Interface for Models RCM301-303, by Victor Gijsbers
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En Garde, by Jack Welch
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Bogeyman, by Elizabeth Smyth
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Re: Dragon, by Jack Welch
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The King of the World, by G.A. Millsteed
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Linear Love, by Tom Delanoy
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Animalia, by Ian Michael Waddell
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The Temple of Shorgil, by Arthur DiBianca
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Time Passed, by Davis G. See
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Shackles of Control, by Sly Merc
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Haywire, by Peregrine Wade
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DazQuest, by Josh Artman, Luke Layden and Peter Zogby
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Within a circle of water and sand, by Romain
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LET'S ROB A BANK, by Bethany Nolan
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They Will Not Return, by John Ayliff

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A PC named PC, October 14, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

The owners of the house are gone; they will not return. But the housekeeping robot still continues to clean dust, make food for them, trim their lawn... Sounds familiar? Yes, the melancholic first part of the game is basically Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains. But then the author takes the premise in a new direction.

They Will Not Return is a short science fiction story in the classical spirit: you should play it if you like Bradbury and Asimov. It's the third game by John Ayliff that features an AI protagonist; and his AIs are wonderful - not too humanlike, not too machinelike, touching and sympathetic. (When playing Seedship, I cared about the player character as much as about the success of its mission.)


smooch.click, by Devon Guinn
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Bi Lines, by Naomi Z (as Norbez)
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Dungeon Detective, by Wonaglot, Caitlin Mulvihill
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I Should Have Been That I Am, by E. K. Wagner
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Adventures with Fido, by Lucas C. Wheeler
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Dreamland, by Tatiana Statsenko (as eejitlikeme)
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Careless Talk, by Diana Rider
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Campfire Tales, by Matthew Deline
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+ = x, by Chandler Groover
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Swigian, by Mathbrush (as Rainbus North)
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Choice of Magics, by Kevin Gold
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The Volunteer Firefighter, by Stefanie Handshaw

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Good, August 5, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

On the first playthrough, I was having fun and experimenting and enacting a fireman fantasy. Then I died. Then I thought about the game for a while, replayed it and adjusted my rating up a star.

The Volunteer Firefighter is probably the most realistic ChoiceScript game I've played. It's set in our present world; the events and characters described are much more mundane than, say, in SLAMMED!; there's very little of extraordinary, over-the-top; no striking plot twists, no clever narrative tricks; you don't even have a chance to do many "heroic" deeds. It's a simple and honest game and it has some simple truths to remind you of.


My Day off Work, by Andrew J. Schaefer
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Möbius, by J.D. Clemens
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Avatar Of The Wolf, by Bendi Barrett
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Imprisoned, by Myth Thrazz
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SCP-3939 [NUMBER RESERVED; AWAITING RESEARCHER], by Croquembouche
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Curse of the Garden Isle, by Ryan Veeder
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Captain Piedaterre's Blunders, by Wade Clarke
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Ghosterington Night, by Wade Clarke
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Absence of Law, by mathbrush
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dripping with the waters of SHEOL, by Lady Isak Grozny
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1958: Dancing With Fear, by Victor Ojuel
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American Angst, by m3g1dd0
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Tuuli, by Daurmith and Ruber Eaglenest
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Six Gray Rats Crawl Up The Pillow, by Caleb Wilson (as Boswell Cain)
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The Sea Eternal, by Lynnea Glasser
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Starship Adventures, by Felicity Banks (editor), Jac Colvin, Eric Moser, and Doctor, and Adrao
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You are a Chef!, by Dan Shiovitz
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Wikipedia: The Text Adventure, by Kevan Davis
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The Roscovian Palladium, by Ryan Veeder
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My Angel, by Jon Ingold
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The Road to Canterbury, by Kate Heartfield

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Educational, April 28, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

I've been waiting for this game for a while. Since the promotional text specifically mentioned the Miller and the Wife of Bath, two of the most larger-than-life Chaucerian characters, I expected The Road to Canterbury to be a light-hearted merry romp through the comical version of Middle Age England - perhaps in the general spirit of Tally Ho and A Midsummer Night's Choice by Kreg Segall (based on Wodehouse and Shakespeare, respectively; Kreg Segall is also one of the beta-testers for The Road to Canterbury).

As it turns out, the game is rather serious, and political, and often reads as an encyclopedia of medieval life and thought. Your character stats, for example, are traditional medieval virtues and the four Hippocratic humors. It isn't particularly light-hearted: some important things are at stake. And while there are some gently amusing moments, the main attraction here are extraordinary many details for those interested in the life and times of Geoffrey Chaucer. Quotes from Virgil, Boethius, etc.; scattered references to the original Canterbury Tales and other Chaucer's works (the Prioress' dog, the name "Blanche", the astrolabe, Saint Christopher's medal, etc.); excursions into the English religious history - and so on.

The story is good and a bit slow-paced, as it fits the source material. The tales pilgrims tell each other are not those from the original book, but condensed versions of other medieval tales (a lay by Marie de France, for instance). Likewise, the characters are new. The Miller, for one, is completely redone and has little in common with Chaucer's Robin; Alyson of Bath, though, is still recognizably Alyson of Bath (and she's romanceable, too!). The most alive of the cast, for me, were two historical figures - Chaucer himself and Philippa.


Sand-dancer, by Aaron Reed and Alexei Othenin-Girard
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Illuminismo Iniziato, by Michael J. Coyne
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Hollywood Visionary, by Aaron A. Reed
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Sherlock Indomitable, by mathbrush
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Nudists Gone Wild, by Hulk Handsome
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The Hunting Lodge, by Hulk Handsome
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Gourmet Gaffe, by Hulk Handsome
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The Great Pancake Detectives - Case #27, by Hulk Handsome
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A Midsummer Night's Choice, by Kreg Segall
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Shapeshifter Scourge!, by Hulk Handsome
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Tally Ho, by Kreg Segall
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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, by Ryan Veeder and Edgar Allan Poe
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The Lurking Horror II: The Lurkening, by Ryan Veeder
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2604, by Admiral Jota
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Go West, by Hulk Handsome
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Zero Bars, by Hulk Handsome
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House, by Karona
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Welcome to Moreytown, by S. Andrew Swann
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Murder on the Big Nothing, by Tony Pisculli
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REALLY, IF / REALLY, ALWAYS, by Dawn Sueoka
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The Eyes That Look Back, by Leno
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The Imposter, by Enrique Henestroza Anguiano
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Roads in Tempest, by Adam Bredenberg
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Zeppelin Adventure, by Robin Johnson
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Confessions of an NPC, by Charles Hans Huang
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Best Gopher Ever, by Arthur DiBianca
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Haiku, by Flaminia Grimaldi
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The Dryad's Riddle, by Avery Moore

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Nice; could use a bit of polish, April 7, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

The most unusual ChoiceScript game I've seen so far: there are no RPG elements and stat-balancing at all, only puzzles to solve.

A child gets transported into a fantasy land and has to answer a series of riddles to return home. The riddles are mostly classical ones and can serve as an introduction to some common puzzle types and themes; I especially liked the riddle about goldfishes - a homage to Fibonacci's Rabbits. (Several puzzles can also potentially give children an introduction to the joys of brute-forcing.) The characters are cute and provide some entertainment between riddles.


Lost and Found, by Felicity Drake
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The Lost Islands of Alabaz, by Michael Gentry
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Choice of Robots, by Kevin Gold
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SLAMMED!, by Paolo Chikiamco
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Cereal, by Brian Kwak
Minimalist humor, February 2, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

You know those moments - when, say, in Lost Pig there's absolutely no reason to type BURN PANTS, and the sensible course of action is quite obvious, but you type BURN PANTS - and are totally happy with the results?

Well, this whole game is one of those moments in the purest form.

It's extremely brief. You can see all possible endings in a couple of minutes.


Choice of the Dragon, by Dan Fabulich and Adam Strong-Morse
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Pretty Sure, by Jim Munroe
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Honeysuckle, by Cat Manning
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Space Pizza Delivery, by Brian Kwak
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Chlorophyll, by Steph Cherrywell
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♥Magical Makeover♥, by S. Woodson
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Coffee and Tea, by Brian Kwak
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little, by chandler groover
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A Beauty Cold and Austere, by Mike Spivey
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Witch's Girl, by Geoff Moore
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Inside the Facility, by Arthur DiBianca
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Creatures Such As We, by Lynnea Glasser
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Get Lost!, by S. Woodson

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Magical, January 5, 2018
by Sobol (Russia)

Besides being amusing, absorbing, excellently written, cozy and generally making you warm inside, the games by S. Woodson also demonstrate an interesting approach to branching in an interactive story.

There's a sort of contradiction in choice-based puzzleless IF. On one hand, linearity is usually considered a drawback; most players want to feel that their choices really matter and substantially affect what happens, want the game to be truly interactive. On the other hand, in a significantly branching story the player will only see a small part of what's written by the author, can easily miss the best bits; the ratio of the player's enjoyment to the author's labor is low.

It would be great to make the players restart the game and explore all the various plot paths; but motivating them to replay many times and read different variations of the same story requires some serious stimulation.

In the games by S. Woodson - this one, ♥Magical Makover♥ and Beautiful Dreamer - different story branches entwine and interact with each other to form a kind of higher unity; some paths throw light on enigmatic elements of the other paths, make you see your previous game sessions in a new way - and even revisit them because, as it turns out, you didn't pay proper attention to something curious. They are all different elements of the same picture, and you want to see the picture whole.

(Narcolepsy by Adam Cadre utilized the same idea, though less effectively: the crazy guy in the university plaza always gives you hints referring to other storylines.)

In both ♥Magical Makover♥ and Beautiful Dreamer, there's one "main" branch - the one which is central to the picture and which the player is most likely to find first.

In ♥Magical Makover♥, it's the one featured on the cover art - the only one where the protagonist's initial goal is reached. If, say, the player tries three different random products on their first playthrough, they get this branch with the probability of 60%.

In Beautiful Dreamer, it's talking to Cephiros about the moth - which has the highest priority among all the topics the protagonist may discover.

Get Lost!, which is much smaller than the former two games, lacks the "main" branch: all the paths are of equal importance.


Dead Cities, by Jon Ingold
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Sub Rosa, by Joey Jones, Melvin Rangasamy
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The Second Floor, by litrouke
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Industrial Accident, by John Ayliff
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10pm, by litrouke
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Fake News, by Mike Sousa
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The Cube in the Cavern, by Andrew Schultz
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Will Not Let Me Go, by Stephen Granade
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Domestic Elementalism, by fireisnormal
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Crocodracula: What Happened to Calvin, by Ryan Veeder

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Mysterious, November 4, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

Crocodracula supposedly recreates the feel of American TV shows for kids from the '90s; having little familiarity with those, I was instead reminded of the recent hit series, Gravity Falls. There are similarities: two young protagonists in a small town full of various supernatural stuff, a creepy swamp, a climbable water tower, a helpful book about magic and dark secrets, a cryptogram... There was a cute plot and some good kid-friendly spooky moments.

Games by Ryan Veeder generally feature lots of optional details, glimpses of a backstory, digressions (like, for example, the tale of Homeschooled Gwen in Robin & Orchid) which add to the atmosphere and give you the feeling of inhabiting a rich world. In a game like this, which encourages you to look everywhere, search for hidden content and don't do what the NPCs tell you to do, these many optional details turn into red herrings. After helping the sheriff and playing through three different endings I'm still not sure I've seen it all. Is there a way to open that door with a Latin inscription? What is the significance of the Old Tree? Or the verb "ululate"?.. Perhaps some mysteries of Opasassa are never to be unveiled.


The skinny one., by Annie Z.
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8 Shoes on the Shelves, by Marc Duane
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Étude Circulár, by Adam Black
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Inevitable, by Matthew Pfeiffer
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Unit 322 (Disambiguation), by Jonny Muir
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Rainbow Bridge, by John Demeter
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Harmonia, by Liza Daly
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The Very Old Witch and the Turnip Girl, by Megan Stevens
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Something, by Linus Lekander
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My night, by Ivsaez
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a partial list of things for which i am grateful, by Devon Guinn
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The Wizard Sniffer, by Buster Hudson
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Rage Quest: Disciple of Peace, by John Ayliff
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The Adventure of Esmeralda and Ruby on the Magical Island, by Marco "Erik108" Anastasio
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Black Marker, by Michael Kielstra
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The Wand, by Arthur DiBianca
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Hexteria Skaxis Qiameth, by Gabriel Floriano
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Nyna Lives, by Sarah Rhiannon Nowack
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Salt, by Gareth Damian Martin
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Haunted P, by Chad Rocketman
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Insignificant Little Vermin, by Filip Hracek
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The Dragon Will Tell You Your Future Now, by Newsreparter

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The Dragon Won't Tell You Anything, October 3, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

You were going to meet a dragon, but you're stuck at a door which won't open. I looked through the code - seems like there's no way to get in. So, it's either unfinished or an unwinnable joke game (having one among the entries feels now like a good old IFComp tradition). Probably the latter. There were a couple of mildly amusing moments, though.


Eat Me, by Chandler Groover

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Cool in a grotesque way, October 3, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

A fruitful idea: taking one common action verb and building a whole game around it. We already had SMELL: The Game by the same author, KILL: The Game, GO NORTH: The Game together with GO WEST: The Game, last year's TAKE: The Game, and even USE - I mean, UNDERTAKE TO INTERACT WITH: The Game. Now it's EAT: The Game.

I often have hard time relating to the games by Chandler Groover with their aesthetics of abhorrent, but this one turned to be not as revolting as I initially expected. The puzzles were satisfying, the images vivid; the game is cruel (I think it should be the first one to boast both "child protagonist" and "evil protagonist" tags at IFDB at once), but not particularly repulsive to my taste - mainly because of two reasons:

1. A strong fairy-tale atmosphere that smoothes everything, gives an unreal, dream-like feeling (and excellently fits in with the game mechanics, as many classic children's tales are obsessed with food - Hansel and Gretel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, etc.).

2. Many food descriptions were pleasant and genuinely appetizing (e.g. cheeses in the armory).

All in all, not a "don't play it while eating" kind of game.


Alice Aforethought, by Hanon Ondricek
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Grue., by Charles Mangin

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A good enough first effort, October 2, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

The game feels a bit unfair, but it's so short and your options as a grue are so limited that it isn't hard to win; in-game hints are also available. There are several nice atmospheric touches like referring to the human NPC as "it", the description of the starting location, some customized responses, etc. And even many standard responses - e.g. the infamous "hollow voice" - seem completely at home in this setting.

I'd like to see more parser games from the author. Hopefully with some more polish - this one doesn't list beta-testers and is kind of rough.


Deshaun Steven's Ship Log, by Marie L. Vibbert
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Sex on the Beach, by Hanon Ondricek
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Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me, by Mike Sousa and Jon Ingold
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Eh what drink did you order?, by chintokkong
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A Study in Porpentine, by chintokkong

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A surreal meditation, August 14, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

A Study in Porpentine is a text game about making a text game. I initially expected something like Last Minute, where you make several choices of what your game will feature and then play the result.

As it turned out, the essence is roughly the same, but the game is... very different.

You explore a small multiverse of nested worlds, seek for inspiration in various sources and collect parts of your game - its "skull" (the main idea? your game can have two skulls and more), its "bones" (game structure?), its "flesh" (writing?), its "skin" (appearance?), its "hair" (?) - until the whole organism is complete; even when it's not, you can try to play what you've got (don't fear to use "Entwine" - you won't lose anything).

There's repetition. There's confusion. There's irritation. How many parts do you need? You don't know.

But I liked it.

The ending was beautiful.


Priapism, by Soda51
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Get The Whole Online Experience By Trying Our Internet Simulator, by ClickHole
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Sleepover At Brynna's, by ClickHole
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Machine of Death, by Hulk Handsome
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Can You Escape From Hell?, by ClickHole
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You’re Tiny People. Can You Open The Fridge And Get The Lemon?, by ClickHole
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DJ This Party, by ClickHole
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Known Unknowns, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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Lord Bellwater's Secret, by Sam Gordon
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Death Attends The Matinee, by ClickHole
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In The Shadow Of Two Fangs: A Harrowing Tale Of Vampiric Terror, by ClickHole
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The Temple of No, by Dominik Johann, William Pugh, Crows Crows Crows
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Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0, by Caroline M. Yoachim
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Endure, by Emily Short
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The Statuette, by Ian Ball
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Stranded: The True Tale Of A Shipwrecked Sailor, by ClickHole
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Inventory, by Joey Fu
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Floatpoint, by Emily Short
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Demon Mark: A Russian Saga, by Lorraine Fryer and Vladimir Barash
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Zymurgy, by Roger Carbol

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Religious yeast, July 6, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

The PC is a yeast cell.
Who practices a religion.
And saves the Universe.
And the game takes place inside a large bottle.
And UP and DOWN are the only directions.
And the game's title is one of the very last words in English dictionaries.
What's not to like?


RPG-ish, by Stuart Lilford
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The Ascot, by Duncan Bowsman
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The Last Dark Day, by Bob Reeves
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Code Name Silver Steel, by SpecialAgent
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You’re 8 Years Old. Can You Acquire Wine Without Getting Arrested?, by ClickHole
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Can You Survive The Great Journey Out West?, by ClickHole
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Worldsmith, by Ade McT
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A hypertext night, by chintokkong
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Can You Find The Mole In This Spy Organization?, by ClickHole
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It's Your First Day At A New High School. Can You Become Popular?, by ClickHole
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Fight For The Glory Of Rome!, by ClickHole
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You’re A Computer. Can You Pass The Turing Test?, by ClickHole
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Would You Survive A Bear Attack?, by ClickHole
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Epitaph, by Max Kreminski
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Large Machine, by Jon Ingold
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'Mid the Sagebrush and the Cactus, by Victor Gijsbers
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An Abbreviated Night Before Christmas, by Adam Thornton
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Beet the Devil, by Carolyn VanEseltine
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Beautiful Frog, by Porpentine
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Before the Storm Hits, by JY Yang
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Roberta Williams Eats a Sandwich, by Bitter Karella
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Best of Three, by Emily Short
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Bigger Than You Think, by Andrew Plotkin
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When in Rome 2: Far from Home, by Emily Short
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The Cavity of Time, by Sam Kabo Ashwell
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Save the World in 7 Moves, by chintokkong

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A peculiar experience, May 1, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

So, you have 7 moves to thwart an apocalypse. That's not much time, not enough to leave the building you are in. You explore the building for a very short while, learn something about the game world, then you die, and start anew; it resembles, for example, Rematch.

But, unlike Rematch, which is a parser game, Save the World in 7 Moves is choice-based. Therefore, you don't have to invent some complex and unobvious actions in order to win - all the options are explicitly given to you, and at first it seems that you can solve the puzzle by simple "lawnmowering": just go everywhere and try all the links - sooner or later you'll find the winning one, right?

Wrong. This game experiments with the choice-based format, uses a few rather unusual ways to conceal information from the player and makes you do things you rarely need to do in a Twine game.

Also, it's funny, light-hearted and somewhat absurdist.

I'd recommend (Spoiler - click to show)listening to The Song right after you finish playing.


Eclosion, by Buster Hudson

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Why this is a good one-puzzle game, April 27, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

1) The puzzle is neither too easy nor too hard. You can beat the game in several minutes - but it gives you a surprising amount of satisfaction for such a short playtime.

2) The sequence puzzle perfectly fits the choice-based format. When all the options are laid out openly in front of the player and they don't have to guess the right actions - how can you make the player think, create the element of surprise? By making them guess the right sequence of the given actions, of course.

3) The choice-based format perfectly fits the xenobiology puzzle. Imagine if you had to type commands you need here - like DISENGAGE CREMASTRAL HOOK - again and again in a parser game; Twine mercifully lets us just click the links.

4) The game gives you interesting feedback when you do things in a wrong order. There are 7 different ways to kill a pharate; there are 94 losing paths through every game cycle and only one way to win. But when your plan goes south, you always learn something new and put together a new plan in the light of fresh information.

5) The game's horrific nature is not just for the sake of horror. It suits another purpose: the creatures are so monstrous, evil and repulsive that the player isn't likely to feel sympathy and get attached; so they can experiment freely and sacrifice as many pharates as they like while trying to understand the logic of the puzzle.

6) It's well-written. Laconic phrases and preteritions let the player's imagination run wild; that's one of the strengths of interactive fiction, an effect which is hard to achieve in a graphic game.


Niney, by Daniel Spitz
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If You're Here, by Serene Sherman
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A Fly On The Wall, by Peregrine Wade
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Bobby and Bonnie, by Xavid
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Back Then, by Janelynn Camingue
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Refugee, by Mark C. Marino
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Ishmael, by Jordan Magnuson
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GOOD BOY!, by Bailie Karcher
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The First Quest, by Matthew Mayr (with some help from Mike Bryant)
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GNOEM, by Joyce Lin & Matthew Reed
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left/right, by chandler groover
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Happy Pony Valley Riding School, by Lynda Clark
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brevity quest, by Chris Longhurst
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Get Seen Tonight, by Hannah Powell-Smith
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Seedship, by John Ayliff
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Bad Machine, by Dan Shiovitz
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Killer Commute, by Jim Munroe
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Bolivia By Night, by Aidan Doyle
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Utopian Jam, by Astrid Dalmady
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Discover the World, by Adri
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The Mundane Tale of the Morning After, by Adri
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The Legend of the Missing Hat, by Adri
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The Story of the Shinoboo, by Adri
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Mrs. Pepper's Nasty Secret, by Jim Aikin and Eric Eve
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Kotodama, by Aidan Doyle
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Winter Wonderland, by Laura Knauth
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A Change in the Weather, by Andrew Plotkin
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Another Day, Another Sea Monster, by Dan Schmidt
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Three-Card Trick, by Chandler Groover
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Briar, by Hanon Ondricek
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Nevermore, by Nate Cull
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A Dark Room, by Michael Townsend
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The Game Formerly Known as Hidden Nazi Mode, by Victor Gijsbers
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Varicella, by Adam Cadre
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Strange Geometries, by Phillip Chambers
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First Draft of the Revolution, by Emily Short, Liza Daly and inkle
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Damnatio Memoriae, by Emily Short
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Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short
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Headless, Hapless, by Geoff Moore
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Bell Park, Youth Detective, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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Being Andrew Plotkin, by J. Robinson Wheeler
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I-0, by Anonymous
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Christminster, by Gareth Rees
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Metamorphoses, by Emily Short
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The Djinni Chronicles, by J. D. Berry
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Banana Apocalypse and the Rocket Pants of Destiny, by Emily Short
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Marble Madness, by Emily Short
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The Last Sonnet of Marie Antoinette, by Emily Short
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The Crescent City at the Edge of Disaster, by Emily Short
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Teeth and Ice, by Hannah Powell-Smith
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You Will Select a Decision, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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The Periwink, by Jedediah Berry
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A Checkered Haunting, by Andrew Schultz
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Because You're Mine, by Owlor
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What to Do When You're Alone, by Glass Rat Media
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Lowell Prison, by Emily Short
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Hoosegow, by Ben Collins-Sussman, Jack Welch
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The Thing About Dungeons, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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The Mirror, by Kim McAuliffe
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Fair, by Hanon Ondricek
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Mlp love is magic!, by mlp Rainbow Dash
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Ariadne in Aeaea, by Victor Ojuel
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Toiletworld Omega, by Brian Kwak
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16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds, by Abigail Corfman
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Pogoman GO!, by Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman
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Bring Me A Head!, by Chandler Groover
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Psychomanteum, by Hanon Ondricek
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You’re The World’s Most Successful Pickup Artist. Can You Have Sex With The President Of The United States?, by ClickHole
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Ash, by Lee Grey
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The Skyscraper and the Scar, by Diego Freire, Ruber Eaglenest
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Riot, by Taylor Johnson
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Evermore, by Adam Whybray and Edgar Allan Poe
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The Game of Worlds TOURNAMENT!, by Ade
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Cinnamon Tea, by Daffs O'Dill
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Snake's Game, by Nahian Nasir
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How to Win at Rock Paper Scissors, by Brian Kwak
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Attack of the Yeti Robot Zombies, by Øyvind Thorsby
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Color the Truth, by mathbrush
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Yes, my mother is..., by Skarn
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Letters, by Madison Evans
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Rite of Passage, by Arno von Borries
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SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD!, by Xalavier Nelson Jr.
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The God Device, by Andy Joel
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The Little Lifeform That Could, by Fade Manley
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Sigil Reader (Field), by verityvirtue
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500 Apocalypses, by Phantom Williams
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Take Over the World, by Marie L. Vibbert
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Fallen 落葉 Leaves, by Adam Bredenberg and Danial Mohammed Khan-Yousufzai
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Ventilator, by Peregrine Wade
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To The Wolves, by Els White
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Night House, by Bitter Karella
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You are standing in a cave..., by Caroline Berg
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Black Rock City, by Jim Munroe
Weird in a good way, October 6, 2016
by Sobol (Russia)

Black Rock City gave me the same relaxed feeling as did Beautiful Dreamer by S. Woodson.

The PC doesn't have any clear goals, they just have some time to spend at Burning Man festival before a dust storm hits. There are no right or wrong choices, no pressure; you explore different branches of the game, learn things about the bizarre city and its inhabitants, feel free to try even ill-advised actions like (Spoiler - click to show)jumping from a flying carpet.

The game has 2^6=64 endings and a considerable variety of possible actions across the branches; in addition to standard adventure verbs like "examine", "talk to" and "kiss", sometimes you can choose "believe", "sass", "admire", etc.


Toiletworld, by Chet Rocketfrak
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Manlandia, by Rob Chateau
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Detectiveland, by Robin Johnson
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Stuff and Nonsense, by Felicity Banks
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Stone Harbor, by Liza Daly
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Tentaculon, by Ned Vole
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All I Do is Dream, by Megan Stevens
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Cactus Blue Motel, by Astrid Dalmady
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The Queen's Menagerie, by Chandler Groover
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Mirror and Queen, by Chandler Groover
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The Axolotl Project, by Samantha Vick
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Nadia's Late, by Jim Munroe
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Moon-Shaped, by Jason Ermer
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Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe
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Garden of the Dragon, by Admiral Jota
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Pass the Banana, by Admiral Jota
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A Monkey Stole Your Toast!, by Admiral Jota
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Plaque, by Admiral Jota
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Bears, Bears, Bears, by Admiral Jota
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Reality Railroad, by Admiral Jota
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Doomsday, by Admiral Jota
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Nightfall, by Eric Eve
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A Tale of the Cave, by Snoother
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Open Sorcery, by Abigail Corfman
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Carnival, by Admiral Jota
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Beautiful Dreamer, by S. Woodson
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A Freak Accident Leaves Seattle Pantsless III: Endgame, by Admiral Jota
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Fail-Safe, by Jon Ingold
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Wearing the Claw, by Paul O'Brian
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Aotearoa, by Matt Wigdahl
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Snowquest, by Eric Eve
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Mite, by Sara Dee
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Escape From Summerland, by Joey Jones and Melvin Rangasamy
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Escape From Santaland, by Jason Ermer
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Open Up!, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser
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Her Majesty's Trolley Problem, by Buster Hudson
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Fragile Shells, by Stephen Granade
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4K Adventure, by John Metcalf
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The Race, by Andy Why
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Open That Vein, by Chandler Groover
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Tailypo, by Chandler Groover
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A Tenuous Hold, by Stephen Granade
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Pumping!, by Stephen Granade
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Invasion, by Cat Manning
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Witches & Wardrobes, by anna anthropy
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Child's Play, by Stephen Granade
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Zugzwang, by Magnus Olsson
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Flexible Survival, by Nuku Valente
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Light My Way Home, by Caelyn Sandel (as Venus Hart)
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You are Standing at a Crossroads, by Astrid Dalmady
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Investigative Journalism: A Welcome to Night Vale Fan Game, by Astrid Dalmady
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Tangaroa Deep, by Astrid Dalmady
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Beware The Faerie Food You Eat, by Astrid Dalmady
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Dino Hunt, by Admiral Jota
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The Mary Jane of Tomorrow, by Emily Short
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Dial C for Cupcakes, by Ryan Veeder
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Blue Chairs, by Chris Klimas
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The Case of LeAnne's Missing Bunny, Wendy, by Ryan Veeder
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Portcullis, by Robin Johnson
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Delphina's House, by Alice Grove
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An Evening at the Ransom Woodingdean Museum House, by Ryan Veeder
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Reference and Representation: An Approach to First-Order Semantics, by Ryan Veeder
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Draculaland, by Robin Johnson
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Limp, by Ryan Stevens
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Starborn, by Juhana Leinonen
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Hana Feels, by Gavin Inglis
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Eidolon, by A.D. Jansen
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Someone Keeps Moving My Chair, by Ryan Veeder
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Skull-Scraper, by chandler groover
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Yesterday, You Saved the World, by Astrid Dalmady
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Dig My Grave, by Ryan Veeder
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First Person, by Buster Hudson
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You've Got a Stew Going!, by Ryan Veeder
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Boogle, by Buster Hudson
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Foo Foo, by Buster Hudson
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The Tiniest Room, by Erik108
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Rough Draft, by Erica Kleinman
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Evita Sempai, by Florencia Rumpel Rodriguez
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Sisters of Claro Largo, by David T. Marchand
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The Domovoi, by Bravemule
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Ms. Lojka or: In Despair to Will to Be Oneself, by Jordan Magnuson
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Superhero Stress, by Michael Yadvish
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Superluminal Vagrant Twin, by C.E.J. Pacian

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
The joy of discovery, April 10, 2016
by Sobol (Russia)

Currently the biggest, most complex and most polished game by the author, Superluminal Vagrant Twin is a space trading simulator - an old and noble genre including such classics as Elite, but tragically underrepresented in IF until now. There's a huge universe waiting for you to explore with lots of different planets to visit, people to meet, goods to buy and sell, side quests to complete.

You can rush through the main plot fairly quickly, but there are many other things to discover (even after getting all the achievements) - which I naturally won't spoil here. And, of course, rushing through this game would be completely missing the point, because the best part of it is not making the money but savoring the wonderful descriptions - terse and colorful, poetic without being pretentious; closing your eyes and trying to visualize all the various worlds you travel to (Spoiler - click to show) (there were 53 of them in the beta version I played).

My favorite character was the deep space explorer on Splinter. I instantly imagined Ursula K. Le Guin.


The Xylophoniad, by Robin Johnson
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Famous Baby, by N.C. Kerklaan
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Shipwrecked, by Andrew G. Schneider
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Down, the Serpent and the Sun, by Chandler Groover
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The Invisible Argonaut, by Jacqueline A. Lott
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The Griffin and the Minor Canon, by Frank Stockton, Chandler Groover
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ASCII and the Argonauts: Astral Plane, by Anonymous

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Nothing much, but still entertaining, March 27, 2016
by Sobol (Russia)

Far less known than its namesake from the same SpeedIF competition, this easy one-puzzle game may still prove a pleasant bite-sized diversion. The way the PC moves through the game world is of a particular interest; and "ASCII" of the title plays here a somewhat bigger role than in the game by J. Robinson Wheeler.

After figuring out how to win, for an additional challenge, try to win in as few moves as possible. I managed to find a solution in 42 moves; I wonder if there's a shorter one.


Six, by Wade Clarke
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Invisible Parties, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (as Psychopup)
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Captain Verdeterre's Plunder, by Ryan Veeder
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Toby's Nose, by Chandler Groover
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Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box, by Arthur DiBianca
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Barroom Brawl, by Mathbrush
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Lime Ergot, by Caleb Wilson (as Rust Blight)
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The Veeder, by Christopher Brent
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Cheesed Off!, by Hulk Handsome
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The Ascent of the Gothic Tower, by Ryan Veeder
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Oppositely Opal, by Buster Hudson
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Chemistry and Physics, by Caelyn Sandel (as Colin Sandel) and Carolyn VanEseltine
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Firebird, by Bonnie Montgomery

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Never thought I'll visit the island Bouyan in IF, February 23, 2016
by Sobol (Russia)

A curious mix of Russian folklore and American humor. Being a Russian, I was delighted to see familiar fairytale motives and phrases like "speedily a tale is spun, with much less speed a deed is done" (скоро сказка сказывается, да не скоро дело делается), "are you here to shirk a task or to find one?" (дела пытаешь аль от дела лытаешь?), "three times nine" (тридевять), etc.

The game is rather old-school - even for 1998. The world is sparingly implemented, there are some minor guess-the-verb moments - but it's funny and light-hearted, the puzzles aren't hard, there are multiple solutions (be sure to check the AMUSING section), and the "good" ending really has a naïve fairytale charm (while the "evil" ending - the one where you (Spoiler - click to show)side with Katschei the Deathless - is, um...). There's a big maze in the game - but you won't need mapping it.

P. S. I was able to kiss almost everyone from the bear to Baba Yaga without anybody protesting. Well, I suppose being a prince has its benefits.


Under, In Erebus, by Brian Rapp
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Hallowmoor, by Mike Snyder
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Ex Nihilo, by Juhana Leinonen
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What Fuwa Bansaku Found, by Chandler Groover
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The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
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Rape, Pillage, Makane!, by Chandler Groover
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Jetbike Gang, by C.E.J. Pacian

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Live fast. Die young, December 8, 2015
by Sobol (Russia)

A peculiar and amusing approach to the Twiny Jam constraints.

The game has a relatively substantial story set in a vivid futuristic world - but tries to tell it in as few words as possible. Believe it or not, it has 11 different endings (see: time cave structure).

Like all games by this author, it's well-planned and well-written - but, first and foremost, it's just fun. You always wanted to be a member of a jetbike gang, didn't you?

Worth the (extremely short) time it takes to play it.


Ka, by Dan Efran

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A mood piece, really, December 7, 2015
by Sobol (Russia)

Ka is a puzzle game; as the other reviewers pointed out, its overall aesthetics are quite close to some works by Andrew Plotkin.

And the puzzles are good. The last one felt particularly satisfying: "Oh my, a riddle. What the answer could be? Is it some common and well-known thing? Something specific to Ancient Egypt?.." - and then it dawned on me. (Spoiler - click to show)Kudos to the monster for not eating me up after the first wrong guess - like the Greek Sphinx used to do.

But the best thing about playing Ka is not the puzzle-solving, but the mood - and in this aspect, I think, it sometimes even out-Plotkins Plotkin. The familiar feeling of solemn loneliness, being surrounded by indifferent mechanisms, the calm and melancholy dream-like atmosphere - are mixed with a strong sense of transition, of leaving everything behind, untying all the bonds, abandoning your past and your earthly possessions which don't matter anymore; standing on a threshold of some new spiritual life.

We don't get to see this new life of the protagonist: that's left to our imagination. But we get a wonderful finale, in which, for one move only, the soul gets to interact with non-mechanical characters - and is no more alone. A short glimpse of divinity; making it longer would have marred the experience.

There are many interesting details along the way. The rhymed sestains are well-written and in the general vein of spells from the real Egyptian funerary texts; and typing >WEST in this game always feels special because of the symbolic significance of the West in Egyptian religion.


Wrenlaw, by Ryan Veeder
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The Colder Light, by Jon Ingold
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Hadean Lands, by Andrew Plotkin
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The Art of Fugue, by Victor Gijsbers, Jimmy Maher, Dorte Lassen, and Johan
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City of Secrets, by Emily Short
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Summit, by Phantom Williams
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KING OF BEES IN FANTASY LAND, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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Fuck That Guy, by Benji Bright
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Endless, Nameless, by Adam Cadre
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GROWBOTICS, by Cha Holland
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Crossroads, by Cat Manning
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Forever Meow, by Moe Zilla
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Ether, by MathBrush
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Taghairm, by Chandler Groover
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Arcane Intern (Unpaid), by Astrid Dalmady
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J'dal, by Ryan Kinsman
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Robin & Orchid, by Ryan Veeder and Emily Boegheim
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Map, by Ade McT
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Nowhere Near Single, by kaleidofish
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In The Friend Zone, by Brendan Vance
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Birdland, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
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The King and the Crown, by Wes Lesley
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The Island of Doctor Wooby, by Ryan Veeder
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my father's long, long legs, by michael lutz
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Are You Racist?, by Soda51
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Nautilisia, by Ryan Veeder
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The Statue Got Me High, by Ryan Veeder
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And the Robot Horse You Rode in On, by Anna Anthropy
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Taco Fiction, by Ryan Veeder
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That Sinister Self, by Astrid Dalmady
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Downtown Tokyo, Present Day, by John Kean
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Tentacles Growing Everywhere, by Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky)
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So, You've Never Played a Text Adventure Before, Huh?, by Ryan Veeder
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Mother Loose, by Irene Callaci
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Yes, Another Game with a Dragon!, by John Kean
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Orevore Courier, by Brian Rapp
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Mere Anarchy, by Bruno Dias
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HUNTING UNICORN, by Chandler Groover
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Mystery House Possessed, by Emily Short
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The Recruit, by Mike Sousa
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Uncle Zebulon's Will, by Magnus Olsson
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Almost Goodbye, by Aaron A Reed
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The Intercept, by Jon Ingold and inkle
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The Shadow in the Cathedral, by Ian Finley and Jon Ingold
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Riverside, by Jeremy Crockett and Victor Janmey
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The Absolute Worst IF Game in History, by Dean Menezes
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The Horrible Pyramid, by Ryan Veeder
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Tea Ceremony, by Naomi Hinchen
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howling dogs, by Porpentine
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Murder at the Aero Club, by Penny Wyatt
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the uncle who works for nintendo, by michael lutz
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Bellclap, by Tommy Herbert
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Contrition, by Porpentine
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The One That Got Away, by Leon Lin
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Beat the Devil, by Robert M. Camisa
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Deep Breathing, by Admiral Jota
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Narcolepsy, by Adam Cadre
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Final Selection, by Sam Gordon
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1981, by Anonymous
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Small World, by Andrew D. Pontious
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First Things First, by J. Robinson Wheeler
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Sunset Over Savannah, by Ivan Cockrum
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Tales of the Traveling Swordsman, by Mike Snyder
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Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin
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Don't Pee Yourself!, by Hulk Handsome
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Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
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The Button, by Paul Corriveau
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Moon Over Jupiter, by Admiral Jota
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The Twelve Heads of St. John the Baptist, by Jake Wildstrom
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Ragnarok: Twilight of the Gods , by Admiral Jota
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The Awakening, by Dennis Matheson
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Gourmet, by Aaron A. Reed and Chad Barb
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Janitor, by Peter Seebach and Kevin Lynn
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Kaged, by Ian Finley
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Gardening for Beginners, by Juhana Leinonen
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She's Got a Thing for a Spring, by Brent VanFossen
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Byzantine Perspective, by Lea Albaugh
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Snack Time!, by Hardy the Bulldog and Renee Choba
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Endgame, by Samuel T. Denton
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The Apocalypse Clock, by GlorbWare
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The Edifice, by Lucian P. Smith
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No Room, by Ben Heaton
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Robot Finds Kitten, by David Griffith, Leonard Richardson
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Toonesia, by Jacob Weinstein
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Adventurer's Consumer Guide, by Øyvind Thorsby
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69,105 Keys, by David Welbourn
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Augmented Fourth, by Brian Uri!
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Weird City Interloper, by C.E.J. Pacian

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Clever and captivating, November 30, 2014
by Sobol (Russia)

Weird City Interloper is a fairly small conversation-based game.

Perhaps "conversation-based" is an understatement: there is literally nothing but conversation here. No conventional IF narrator telling you what is there, and how it looks like, and what is happening: only the direct speech of the NPCs. No "examine", or "inventory", or "go north": all you can do is talk.

And yet there is wonderful scenery in the game, and eventful journeys through the strange and colorful city of Zendon, and exciting adventures. Playing it reminded me of Elizabethan drama: no stage sets in the theater, almost no stage directions in the text; and then somebody says something like "But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, / Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill" - and you get the picture.

Above all, the game has vivid and memorable NPCs. I think even Gun Mute, another work by Pacian with a magnificent NPC cast, in this respect pales before Weird City Interloper. Each one of the fantastical and amusing characters would be enough to make a whole game centered on them. You could write an entertaining game about Lissa Ratdaughter, our trusty streetwise guide - and I would definitely play such a game, because I found Lissa interesting. You could write a nice game about Zook Spiralhouse, an innkeeper (who also happens to be a gigantic snail), charming in her grandmotherly way. And here there are not one or two, but a dozen of them - funny, mysterious, grotesque, different, each with their own unique voice and world-view.

There are no difficult puzzles (I don't think anyone can get truly stuck in this game, even without hints from (Spoiler - click to show)the rat queen) - just exploring, going through different topics of conversation, discovering things about the city and yourself; "lawnmowering", if you wish to call it such. But I never thought "lawnmowering" could be so enjoyable.


Help! My Vacuum Cleaner Is Broken, by Admiral Jota
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ASCII and the Argonauts, by J. Robinson Wheeler
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The Cabal, by Stephen Bond
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Pytho's Mask, by Emily Short
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All Alone, by Ian Finley
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The Tale of the Kissing Bandit, by J. Robinson Wheeler
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Polendina, by Christopher Lewis
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Coming Out Simulator 2014, by Nicky Case
A miniature masterpiece, November 20, 2014
by Sobol (Russia)

Half-humorous, half-sad, half-fiction, half-autobiography, half-silly, half-serious, half-trivial, half-profound; hard to categorize, hard to point what exactly makes this little game so good. Sincerity, perhaps.

A must-play for those interested in LGBT themes in IF (and especially for teens considering coming out to their parents), Coming Out Simulator 2014 also touches a lot of other topics: art as a mode of communication, truth and lies... The author's approach to interactivity is quite clever; the characters do remember everything you say, and the game cunningly traps you in more and more awkward situations.


Horse Master, by Tom McHenry
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A Dark and Stormy Entry, by Emily Short
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A AAAAA AAAAAAAAA, by AAAA AAAAAAA

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Nice idea, too short, November 20, 2014
by Sobol (Russia)

The Gostak taken to the extreme; still, it isn't terribly hard to get the gist and win in a few minutes. I think the "AAAAAAAAA" in the title stands for "Adventure"; if so, I wish this adventure was longer and had more puzzles.


HIGH END CUSTOMIZABLE SAUNA EXPERIENCE, by Porpentine
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The Chinese Room, by Harry Giles and Joey Jones
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To Hell in a Hamper, by J. J. Guest
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Bedtime story, by Marius Müller
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climbing 208 feet up the ruin wall, by Porpentine
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Begscape, by Porpentine
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Sisyphus, by Theo Koutz

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An accurate simulation of being Sisyphus in Hades, November 17, 2014
by Sobol (Russia)

Which means there's no escape from your monotonous labor and the game is an unwinnable annoying waste of time.

True art moves people, and so did this tiny joke game at IFComp 2006: some judges were amused, many irritated. I see no reason to play it nowadays, though.


Bliss, by Cameron Wilkin
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Little Blue Men, by Michael S. Gentry
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Deadline Enchanter, by Alan DeNiro
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Draw Everything You See That's Mine and Yours, by kaleidofish
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Dual Transform, by Andrew Plotkin
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Fate, by Victor Gijsbers
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The Incredible Erotic Adventures of Stiffy Makane, by Mark Ryan
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Figaro, by Victor Gijsbers
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You Find Yourself in a Room., by Eli Piilonen
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Stiffy Makane: The Undiscovered Country, by Adam Thornton
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Alabaster, by John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, Ziv Wities
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Grief, by Simon Christiansen
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Death off the Cuff, by Simon Christiansen
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Being There, by Jordan Magnuson
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Common Ground, by Stephen Granade
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Bronze, by Emily Short
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Madam Spider's Web, by Sara Dee
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Threediopolis, by Andrew Schultz
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The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
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Indigo, by Emily Short
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Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
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Pick Up the Phone Booth and Aisle, by David Dyte, Steve Bernard, Dan Shiovitz, Iain Merrick, Liza Daly, John Cater, Ola Sverre Bauge, J. Robinson Wheeler, Jon Blask, Dan Schmidt, Stephen Granade, Rob Noyes, and Emily Short
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Suveh Nux, by David Fisher
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Nemesis Macana, by Herman Schudspeer, Victor Gijsbers
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Even Cowgirls Bleed, by Christine Love
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Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, by One of the Bruces and Drunken Bastard
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Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
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Stupid Kittens, by Marc Valhara
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The Gostak, by Carl Muckenhoupt

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A rorm and snave halpock, October 23, 2014
by Sobol (Russia)

It's tavid to doatch about this halpock without fargishing scurm-brolges; let's just doach it's very snave, rorm and dobbly... if somewhat dunmile.


Glass, by Emily Short
I like it, October 23, 2014
by Sobol (Russia)

The game clearly belongs to the escape-the-one-room genre. The winning ending - the one where you become a pirate - is hard to find, since there are so many red herrings: princes, witches, slippers, etc. But it feels very satisfying when you finally manage to free the player character from people who clip its wings, lock it in a cage and ridicule it.


Kerkerkruip, by Victor Gijsbers
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their angelical understanding, by Porpentine
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My Evil Twin, by Carl Muckenhoupt
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Faithful Companion, by Matt Weiner
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Following Me, by Tia Orisney
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HHH.exe, by Robot Parking
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Missive, by Joey Fu
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> by @, by Aaron A. Reed
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Unform, by S. Elize Morgan
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Krypteia, by Kateri
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With Those We Love Alive, by Porpentine and Brenda Neotenomie
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The Urge, by PaperBlurt
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Origins, by Vincent Zeng and Chris Martens
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Venus Meets Venus, by kaleidofish
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Fifteen Minutes, by Ade McT
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Caroline, by Kristian Kronstrand
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Raik, by Harry Giles
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Zest, by Fear of Twine (Richard Goodness, lectronice, PaperBlurt)
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Laterna Magica, by Jens Byriel
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Excelsior, by Arthur DiBianca
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Enigma, by Simon Deimel
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The Black Lily, by Hannes Schueller
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The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher
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Degeneracy, by Leonard Richardson
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Whom The Telling Changed, by Aaron A. Reed
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The Play, by Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky)
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Guilded Youth, by Jim Munroe
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I'll, by Sean Barrett
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rendition, by nespresso
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Lock & Key, by Adam Cadre
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Insight, by Jon Ingold
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Beyond, by Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi, and Alessandro Peretti
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Delightful Wallpaper, by Andrew Plotkin ('Edgar O. Weyrd')
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Aisle, by Sam Barlow
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Ad Verbum, by Nick Montfort
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A Day for Fresh Sushi, by Emily Short
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Pick Up The Phone Booth And Die, by Rob Noyes
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Violet, by Jeremy Freese
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Vicious Cycles, by Simon Mark
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Aayela, by Magnus Olsson
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Opening Night, by David Batterham
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Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
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Guess the Verb!, by Leonard Richardson
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For a Change, by Dan Schmidt
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The Matter of the Monster, by Andrew Plotkin
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Ollie Ollie Oxen Free, by Carolyn VanEseltine
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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
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The Underoos that Ate New York!, by G. Kevin Wilson
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Trapped in Time, by Simon Christiansen
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Arthur, by Bob Bates
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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
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The Lesson of the Tortoise, by G. Kevin Wilson
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Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It, by Jeff O'Neill
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Bee, by Emily Short
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When in Rome 1: Accounting for Taste, by Emily Short
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Annoyotron, by Ben Parrish
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Kicker, by Pippin Barr
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A Killer Headache, by Mike Ciul
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Last Minute, by Ruderbager Doppelganger (A.K.A. Hulk Handsome)
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Conan Kill Everything, by Ian Haberkorn
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John's Fire Witch, by John Baker
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In a Manor of Speaking, by Hulk Handsome
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The Lift, by Colin Capurso
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Transit, by Shaye
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Eurydice, by Anonymous
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Rameses, by Stephen Bond
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Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
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All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
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9:05, by Adam Cadre
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Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, by Andrew Plotkin
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Cold Iron, by Andrew Plotkin (as Lyman Clive Charles)
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Constraints, by Martin Bays
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Episode in the Life of an Artist, by Peter Eastman
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Galatea, by Emily Short
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Guitar of the Immortal Bard, by Jason Burns
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Labyrinth, by Samantha Casanova Preuninger
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Lists and Lists, by Andrew Plotkin
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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
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Undo, by Neil deMause
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The Warbler's Nest, by Jason McIntosh
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Wurm, by Cedric Knight
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An Act of Murder, by Christopher Huang
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All Roads, by Jon Ingold
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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
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Operation Extraction, by Ming-Yee Iu
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Snowblind Aces, by C.E.J. Pacian
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Walker & Silhouette, by C.E.J. Pacian
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Rogue of the Multiverse, by C.E.J. Pacian
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Six-Chamber Champion, by C.E.J. Pacian
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Love, Hate and the Mysterious Ocean Tower, by C.E.J. Pacian
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