Kara Goldfinch's Played Games

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4x4 Archipelago, by Agnieszka Trzaska
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

Adventure waits for you in a procedurally generated Archipelago! Discover strange new lands. Make a fortune from trading. Swing a Really Big Sword at a dragon. Fight wild beasts – or turn them into your...

9:05, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (488 ratings)

The phone rings. Oh, no — how long have you been asleep? Sure, it was a tough night, but... This is bad. This is very bad. The phone rings.

Across The Stars: The Ralckor Incident, by Dark Star and Peter Mattsson
Average member rating: (27 ratings)

In the year 5367 IR, humanity is well established throughout the galaxy. It has been over twenty-thousand years since the Zal'tacs passed through our solar system, trading their technology for our food and...

An Act of Murder, by Christopher Huang
Average member rating: (79 ratings)

Ad Verbum, by Nick Montfort
Average member rating: (127 ratings)

"With the cantankerous Wizard of Wordplay evicted from his mansion, the worthless plot can now be redeveloped. The city regulations declare, however, that the rip-down job can't proceed until all the items...

Afflicted, by Doug Egan
Average member rating: (48 ratings)

This isn't the safest neighborhood. A young woman was abducted near here only recently. But as a city sanitarian you are obligated to complete your annual inspection of the local dive. [blurb from IF Comp...

All Roads, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (145 ratings)

"Wave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread For he on honey-dew hath fed And drunk the milk of paradise." [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
Average member rating: (340 ratings)

You take a deep breath of salty air as the first raindrops begin to spatter the pavement, and the swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky mutter ominous portents amongst themselves over the little...

A Bear's Night Out, by David Dyte
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

"Tomorrow is the big Teddy Bear party, and you must definitely not let your owner forget about it..." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Being Andrew Plotkin, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (55 ratings)

"Zarf? you think to yourself. Could it be? The one and only Zarf? Xyzzy Award winner? IF Competition winner? The mighty Inscruitable One? Gosh. What it must be like to be Zarf... You begin to crawl forward,...

Child's Play, by Stephen Granade
Average member rating: (52 ratings)

It is playgroup day and playgroup day is normally a good day but ever since that little red-haired girl started coming she always wants your toys. She shouldn't get your toys. You tried telling the mom this...

Curses, by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (117 ratings)

"As "Curses" opens, you're hunting about in the attic of your family home, looking for a tatty old map of Paris (you're going on holiday tomorrow) and generally trying to avoid all the packing. Aunt Jemima...

Delusions, by C. E. Forman
Average member rating: (39 ratings)

"A trip into virtual reality: all begins with debugging a VR system, but then things get out of hand. Who is Morrodox, what has he to do with your colleagues, and what is going on?" [--blurb from The Z-Files...

The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (155 ratings)

The Dreamhold is interactive fiction — a classic text adventure. No graphics! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens next. The Dreamhold is designed for people who have never...

The Edifice, by Lucian P. Smith
Average member rating: (78 ratings)

"Something new in your everyday hunter-gatherer routine: where did this strange edifice come from? Dare you enter and explore the secrets of this... thing, or do you try to face your enemies? Like you have a...

Enemies, by Andy Phillips
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

"It will forever remain one of life's mysteries: why should a simple man like yourself get on the wrong side of anybody? You are, after all, just a typical accountant. A little sideline romance with the...
Fear, by Chuan-Tze Teo
Average member rating: (9 ratings)
"The world is suddenly such a frightening place. People are out to get you, and everywhere there is danger, lurking in the dark, even here, in your own home. Can you conquer your own fears before it's too...

Fine-Tuned, by Dennis Jerz
Average member rating: (22 ratings)

"Can Troy, the handsome daredevil autoist, live up to his "sterling" reputation? What secret threatens the career of the talented singer, Miss Melody Sweet? With the help of the mechanical genius Aloysius...

Galatea, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (302 ratings)

Emily Short's description: A conversation with a work of art. "47. Galatea. White Thasos marble. Non-commissioned work by the late Pygmalion of Cyprus. (The artist has since committed suicide.) Originally...

Grandma Bethlinda's Remarkable Egg, by Arthur DiBianca
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Average member rating: (15 ratings)

How do you break out of handcuffs when all you've got is an egg?

Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box, by Arthur DiBianca
Average member rating: (34 ratings)

It's the latest model, and it would really like to play with you.

Gumshoe, by Mike Oliphant
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

As the owner of a debt-ridden detective agency in the 1920's, you have to find some way of keeping afloat. The case involving suspected infidelity should help with the finances, though... [--blurb from The...

Hadean Lands, by Andrew Plotkin
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Average member rating: (55 ratings)

Marooned in an alien, airless wasteland -- your starship fractured -- your crewmates missing. Can an apprentice alchemist learn how to survive?

Heist, by Andy Phillips
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

Your unloved uncle has died. At his funeral, you are given a curious note from him, asking you to finish his dream for him. But what is it he wants you to do? One thing is clear: it won't be easy. The choice...
Heroine's Mantle, by Andy Phillips
Average member rating: (15 ratings)
The Jewel of Knowledge, by Francesco Bova
Average member rating: (4 ratings)
"A somewhat traditional cave crawl." Possession of the long-lost Jewel of Knowledge is said to bring fame, wealth, power, and of course knowledge, but you'll have to beat the extraordinarily high mortality...

Jigsaw, by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (77 ratings)

New Year's Eve, 1999, a quarter to midnight and where else to be but Century Park! Fireworks cascade across the sky, your stomach rumbles uneasily, music and lasers howl across the parkland... Not exactly...

Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
Average member rating: (433 ratings)

Pig lost! Boss say that it Grunk fault. Say Grunk forget about closing gate. Maybe boss right. Grunk not remember forgetting, but maybe Grunk just forget. -- IFComp 2007 blurb

Mother Loose, by Irene Callaci
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

It's been one of those days. It started out bad and just got worse: You're seven years old and in trouble a lot. You try to be good and to do as you ought, but nothing, it seems, goes exactly as planned. For...

Not Just an Ordinary Ballerina, by Jim Aikin
Average member rating: (28 ratings)

Photopia, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (512 ratings)

"Will you read me a story?" "Read you a story? What fun would that be? I've got a better idea: let's tell a story together."

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
Average member rating: (100 ratings)

Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (378 ratings)

"A one-room game set in your apartment." [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]

She's Got a Thing for a Spring, by Brent VanFossen
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Average member rating: (27 ratings)

It's been a hectic year, and it's time to get away. He told you that, and you agreed. Now you're here, in a grove of aspen, and long for a good, long bath in the nearby hot spring. [--blurb from The Z-Files...

Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (272 ratings)

A vacation in our lovely country! See the ethnic charms of the countryside, the historic grandeur of the capital city. Taste our traditional cuisine; smell the flowers of the Old Tree. And all without...

SPIRITWRAK, by D. S. Yu
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

Set in the universe of Zork, this game starts off in a monastery. The evil Anabis fools Brother Joseph into releasing him from his prison. He shatters the Rod of the Ancients, and the only way to save the...
Theatre, by Brendon Wyber
Average member rating: (79 ratings)
Your job as a real estate agent brings you into contact with many old buildings, but none are quite like the old theatre that has stood deserted for almost thirty years. After visiting it with some...
Travels in the Land of Erden, by Laura Knauth
Average member rating: (5 ratings)
When you arrive in the Land of Erden, thriving for adventure, you learn that the most dangerous enemy of the land is already defeated. A challenge less, but there is still the tale of the beautiful ruby,...

Veiled, by Michael Thomét

There's always been stories about the Atterson Street House. Someone died there. It's built on top of a cemetary. The house is haunted. But you don't care about any of that. Through a series of events, the...

Wearing the Claw, by Paul O'Brian
Average member rating: (28 ratings)

A traditional fantasy quest in which you and your village have been cursed with a slow transformation into various animals. The only way to stop the curse is to retrieve the Pendant of Elinor from the...

The Weight of a Soul, by Chin Kee Yong
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In a world of arcane mysteries, a young doctor's apprentice unravels a conspiracy most grim. The Weight of a Soul is a mystery-horror interactive novel inspired by IF classics like Blue Lacuna and...

The Wizard Sniffer, by Buster Hudson
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You were recently acquired by the brave Ser Leonhart and his squire to sniff out the evil shapeshifting wizard. Unfortunately, you are not a wizard sniffer (if such a thing even exists). As far as you can...

Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
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For over 20 years, I dreamed about an alternate universe I called the Higher World. For three of those years, I poured almost all of my creative energy into a novel-length story set in that universe. Worlds...


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