Michael Martin's Played Games

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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.

Ad Verbum, by Nick Montfort
Average member rating: (254 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...

Adventure, by William Crowther and Donald Woods
Average member rating: (90 ratings)

Adventurer's Consumer Guide, by Øyvind Thorsby
Average member rating: (27 ratings)

Aisle, by Sam Barlow
Average member rating: (286 ratings)

"Late Thursday night. You've had a hard day and the last thing you need is this: shopping. Luckily, the place is pretty empty and you're progressing rapidly. On to the next aisle... Aisle started out as a...

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]

All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
Average member rating: (83 ratings)

From the game's about command: "All Things Devours is a short piece of interactive fiction, leaning strongly towards the text-adventure end of the spectrum. It explores an all-too-familiar science fiction...
The Amazing Uncle Griswold, by David Whyld
Average member rating: (2 ratings)
Annoyotron, by Ben Parrish
Average member rating: (16 ratings)
Another Goddamn Escape the Locked Room Game, by Riff Conner
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

Aotearoa, by Matt Wigdahl
Average member rating: (54 ratings)

The Fish of Māui. The Land of the Long Cloud. Aotearoa. An entire continent of untamed wilds, and the last place on Earth where dinosaurs still roam. If only you'd come ashore under better circumstances...

ASCII and the Argonauts, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

In this wonderfully laconic spoof of the Scott Adams style of adventures, you play as Jason of the Argo, tasked by King Pelias to bring the Golden Fleece to him or die. Surprisingly both entertaining and...

Attack of the Yeti Robot Zombies, by Øyvind Thorsby
Average member rating: (29 ratings)

Aunts and Butlers, by Robin Johnson
Average member rating: (43 ratings)

It's 1920, you're a minor aristocrat fallen on hard times, and your wretched Aunt Cedilla is on the warpath. A Wodehousean comedy of manners, manors, mysterious butlers and unfriendly poodles.

Being Andrew Plotkin, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (54 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,...

Being the Little Guy, by Adam Biltcliffe
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

In this short game, you play as a humble farmer boy who lives in an enchanted glade with your friend, Patty the Unicorn. Unfortunately, Patty tells you that the evil and cruel Ogre Lord has another quest for...
Beyond The Blue Event Wall, by Mark Musante
Average member rating: (2 ratings)
In this tiny game, you play as a dashing hero with a sword in a damp corridor infested with badgers. Go find something heroic to do, hero.

The Bible Retold: Following a Star, by Justin Morgan
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

You are Balthasar, a magus from Babylon. You and your companions, Gaspar and Melchior, are about to embark on a journey to Judea, a client kingdom of the Roman Empire, to venerate a newborn king. You'll need...

The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep, by Ben Pennington
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

There is dissent in the ranks! One of your sheep makes a run for the next field, jumping gracefully over the hedgerows. You stand up quickly and collect your crook. You need that sheep!

The Blind House, by Amanda Allen
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

I scarcely know the woman at my side. I don't even know why she was the one I turned to. I can only hope that we haven't been followed, that she won't ask too many questions. The only choice left to me now...

The Body, by Sean Barrett
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

In this rather linear game loosely based on the Stephen King novella The Body, you play as a kid named Gordie Lachance. One of your friends found out about a dead body by the tracks outside of town, so a...

Bronze, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (260 ratings)

When the seventh day comes and it is time for you to return to the castle in the forest, your sisters cling to your sleeves.

Carmen Devine: Supernatural Troubleshooter, by Rob Myall
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

'The jet lands smoothly in Harbin. The stink of the city and the bite of the ice-cold air assaults you as you disembark, but your destination is a long jeep ride north, so you'll have to suffer through the...

Centipede, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

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...

The Chronicler, by John Evans
Average member rating: (21 ratings)

A short game with a few interesting tricks.
Coke Is It!, by Lucian P. Smith, Adam Thornton, J. Robinson Wheeler, Michael Fessler, Dan Shiovitz, David Dyte
Average member rating: (18 ratings)
"Ahhhh! Another can of refreshing Coca-Cola! You sigh in contentment as you partake of the sweet carbonated beverage, so recently purchased. But what's this? The dispenser light is still on! You can select...

Colours, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

"Out of the TextFire "12-pack", this is an April's Fool game "demo" all about colours - you need to change the sterile world you're in into a truly blue experience." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue] This...

The Corn Identity, by Carl Muckenhoupt, Serhei Makarov, Tama Wise, J. Robinson Wheeler, A O Muniz, Admiral Jota, Andrew Schepler, Jacqueline A. Lott, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Dan Shiovitz, John Cater, Duchess, and Mark Musante
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

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...

A Day for Fresh Sushi, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (91 ratings)

No time for fantasy. Must feed fish.

The Day I shot ..., by Marius Müller
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

You play as Alex, a young gay man attending a New Year's Eve party at your boyfriend Paul's. Paul would just love to host a perfect party, but he keeps running into unexpected problems, like this mouse in...

Dead Cities, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (30 ratings)

The letter you received from Arkwright's nephew Carter was clear enough: when the old man dies the inheritance tax will be too great. It's certain ruin, much like the estate itself. To raise some capital the...

Deadline Enchanter, by Alan DeNiro
Average member rating: (56 ratings)

Death off the Cuff, by Simon Christiansen
Average member rating: (52 ratings)

They all stare at you expectantly, like children waiting to be told a bedtime story. Who can blame them? You are, after all, Antoine Saint Germain, the great French detective. No criminal has ever been a...

Divis Mortis, by Lynnea Dally
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

The infection has spread. They are coming.

East Grove Hills, by XYZ
Average member rating: (21 ratings)

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...

The Epitome of Toastlessness, by Jason Love
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

In this very short game, you play as someone in the land of No TOAST. There is NO TOAST here. Can you do something about it?

The Erudition Chamber, by Daniel Freas
Average member rating: (25 ratings)

First Things First, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

You’ve just arrived at home from your nightly visit to the science and invention section of the local public library, where you spend each night dreaming your dreamy dreams of one day inventing a time travel...

Flight of the Hummingbird, by Michael Martin
Average member rating: (28 ratings)

Dr. Sinister is at it again! The Concordance of Powered Response isn't entirely clear on what it is he's planning, but it's big. This is clearly a task for one of the world's mightiest champions!

For a Change, by Dan Schmidt
Average member rating: (106 ratings)

"The sun has gone. It must be brought. You have a rock." [--blurb from Competition '99]

Fætt Tiw, by Michael Martin

Gigantomania, by Michelle Tirto and Mike Ciul
Average member rating: (21 ratings)

Living under the Stalin era, in four parts.

Goose, Egg, Badger, by Brian Rapp
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

The Gostak, by Carl Muckenhoupt
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (71 ratings)

"Finally, here you are. At the delcot of tondam, where doshes deave. But the doshery lutt is crenned with glauds. Glauds! How rorm it would be to pell back to the bewl and distunk them, distunk the whole...

Gris et Jaune, by Jason Devlin
Average member rating: (24 ratings)

She wanted answers. He wanted a cure. You just wanted to live.
Heated, by Timothy Peers
Average member rating: (18 ratings)
Get to work early, don't get too angry and get your raise. You've been a slacker for long enough, and this is your one opportunity to really wow the boss!

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...

Large Machine, by Jon Ingold
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

Leadlight, by Wade Clarke
Average member rating: (33 ratings)

15-year-old Belinda Nettle is studying at Linville Girls High School in Australia's Blue Mountains. After falling asleep in the library one afternoon, she wakes from her mundane existence into a nightmare......

Legion, by Jason Devlin
Average member rating: (21 ratings)

Letters from Home, by Roger Firth
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

"Centuries of ancestry, decades of memories, years of decline; now, barely two hours in which to reflect on the glorious past, that bygone golden age when nostalgia really meant something... " [--blurb from...

Lock & Key, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (74 ratings)

Lord Bellwater's Secret, by Sam Gordon
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (67 ratings)

Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
Average member rating: (432 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

Madam Spider's Web, by Sara Dee
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet, by Graham Nelson (as Angela M. Horns)
Average member rating: (49 ratings)

Another day wasted as guest of the Empress, a wretchedly long tour of the breath-taking Boreal Falls, conducted as ever by the Lady Amilia. As if she weren't bad enough, an honour guard of soldiers, their...

Mite, by Sara Dee
Average member rating: (32 ratings)

In this small fantasy adventure game, you play as Mite, a pixy lad, who is carrying an egg-shaped jewel dropped by a cloaked thief who you tripped that morning. The gem belongs to the Fairy Prince! You must...
A Monkey Stole Your Toast!, by Admiral Jota
Average member rating: (5 ratings)
You just made some delicious toast! Yum! Then a monkey stole your toast! Oh no! YOU MUST GET IT BACK.

Narcolepsy, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (57 ratings)

Nazi Mice, by Ricardo Dague
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

Need! More! Toast!, by Adam Biltcliffe
Average member rating: (4 ratings)
In this one-room game, you play as someone who's made eight slices of toast and put them all, from largest to smallest, on one of two plates glued to the counter. Naturally, you must sit to eat, and of...
Ninja's Fate, by Hannes Schueller
Average member rating: (16 ratings)
Sent by his village elders to retrieve a stolen gold idol, a ninja finds himself in a Panksian world. Little does he know his true destiny is waiting for him here...

Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It, by Jeff O'Neill
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (53 ratings)

You are standing at the edge of a barren field. A steady wind, having secreted away the topsoil, is now drifting sandy dirt across the plain. A scant sign of life here is a freshly-burrowed molehill on the...

Not the Same Old Lang Syne, by Jacqueline A. Lott
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Orevore Courier, by Brian Rapp
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

Oxygen, by Benjamin Sokal
Average member rating: (24 ratings)

An explosion rattles the Aegis mining station and the oxygen tanks are leaking. Who gets the remaining oxygen and who will perish? The choice is up to you, a lowly technician trapped in an access conduit.

Pen and Paint, by Owen Parish
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

In this game, you play as a writer, waking up after hearing something downstairs. You and your wife Eleanor soon discover there's been an intruder and her paintings are infected! You'd better find your pen...

The People's Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game, by Taylor Vaughan
Average member rating: (51 ratings)

Sure, there's only five of you against a world full of reactionaries, but you have Revolutionary Spirit! You can't possibly fail. Nothing can stand in your way! Now if only you could find your Revolutionary...

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
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (100 ratings)

Pirates and Ninjas and Aliens, Oh My!, by John Cater
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
In this game, you play as a child who wakes at night, sensing something wrong. Your stuffed Kermit the Frog warns you that they'll be here soon, and then your window blows in, revealing something floating...
The President, The Democrats, and Smelly Pete, by David Cornelson
Average member rating: (2 ratings)
In this short silly game, you play as a president who lives in a white house with some Democrats and a man named Smelly Pete. But today, things will change. It all begins when you're lost in the woods with a...
Press [Escape] to Save, by Mark Jones
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

A Quiet Evening at Home, by Anonymous
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

They say you should write what you know. Sorry.

R (Pron: Arrr...), by therealeasterbunny
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

Ye be the Dread (but handsome n' quite nice on occasion) Pirate Goattybeard. Ye quest? Why, it be t'get the treasure and rescue ye wench o'course! There be sharks, grog, caves, bones, an' all manner o'...

Reality Show, by Anonymous
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

In this short game, you play as one of five players in a TV game show, but only one of you is real. Explore the vicinity and earn points by discovering what is real and what isn't real. The first player to...
Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots, by Benjamin Mullins
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Rogue of the Multiverse, by C.E.J. Pacian
Average member rating: (70 ratings)

Congratulations, convict 76954! You have been selected for scientific experimentation! You will be matter-transmitted to exotic non-Treaty worlds - where opportunities abound to take in fantastic sights and...

Samurai Tea Room, by Ricardo Signes
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

You play as a young Samurai, ready to prove his skills. You have your katana. The Apprentice's Toaster and a loaf of bread stand ready. The Master waits to see if you can pass this final challenge.
A scurvy gift for Bosn Chuck, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

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

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

Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (159 ratings)

The Sisters, by revgiblet
Average member rating: (14 ratings)

After crashing your car to avoid hitting a mysterious young girl you awake to find yourself drawn to an abandoned mansion.

Slap That Fish, by Peter Nepstad
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (30 ratings)

This time, those fishy bastards are finally going to get what's coming to them.

Slouching Towards Bedlam, by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
Michael Martin's rating:
Average member rating: (195 ratings)

In the beginning was the Word, and it was hungry. ...

The Sons of the Cherry, by Alex Livingston
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

SpeedIF #2, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (4 ratings)
speedif zombie, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

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...

Splashdown, by Paul J. Furio
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

The Stars Are Right, by Michael C. Martin
Average member rating: (2 ratings)
Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin
Average member rating: (31 ratings)

Suveh Nux, by David Fisher
Average member rating: (203 ratings)

An entry in the 2007 One Room Game Competition. You play a magician's servant who gets trapped in your master's vault; you'll need to learn some of his tricks if you want to get out.

The Tale of the Kissing Bandit, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (46 ratings)

Tales of the Traveling Swordsman, by Mike Snyder
Average member rating: (45 ratings)

You are the traveling swordsman; the strong and silent stranger; the wandering vanquisher of villainy. Damsels swoon for you. Good men respect and envy you. Scoundrels learn to fear you. Even so, you are but...

The Tenyaka Memorial of Vegreville, by Roger Carbol
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

In this small game that parodies Teletubbies, Pokemon, and Scientology, you play as a Knight of Xenu, sworn enemy of Thetans. Your quest has led you to the world's largest Easter egg in Vegreville, Alberta....

The Tower of Beef, by Ricardo Signes
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

In this short game against the clock, you play as a beef courier who wants to destroy Mr. McBeefy's Beef Imporium from within before the Beef Flu finally destroys you from within. You don't have much time...

Ugly Chapter, by Sam Kabo Ashwell
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

In this short story, you play as Leti, a rich woman and a patron of the arts, who travels from Hawaii to Mars, as told by an angry and bitter male poet who knew her. What you did in the most ugly chapter of...

Under, In Erebus, by Brian Rapp
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

Board that Drain-Bound El for an adventure that could only happen in Erebus.

Vacationing in Scotland, by Duchess
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

In this very short game, you play as a tourist visiting McCain castle in Scotland. You somehow got separated from your tour group who are probably waiting for you in the foyer. You just need to find your way...
Vespers, by Jason Devlin
Average member rating: (162 ratings)
It has been five days, now. Five days since I made the choice. Five days since I closed the gate. Really, there was no choice. Rovato was damned when the first spot appeared: when the first bloody cough...

The War On New Year's, by Sam Kabo Ashwell
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

The Warbler's Nest, by Jason McIntosh
Average member rating: (82 ratings)

Surely the reed bank counts as a wild place. While it gives you so much, you've never tended it, not really, not like you do with your garden. It's something like the forest, then, but much safer to search...

Weishaupt Scholars, by Michael C. Martin
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

Take on the roles of Hal, Benj, and Janet -- the three newest members of the shadowy conspiratorial group known only as the Weishaupt Foundation. Vie against rival conspiracies and your own baffling...

What Dreams May Come, by Jake Wildstrom
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

In this tiny game, you begin as a gopher in a busy maze of cubicles. Co-workers keep giving you envelopes to deliver, but you can never reach your destinations in time. And why is a jester following you...
Wish, by Edward Floren
Average member rating: (12 ratings)
Wormwood Days II: The Aftermath, by Caleb Wilson
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
In this short surreal game, wormwood has contaminated the world's water supply. Death and disarray are everywhere as agents, both good and bad, travel throughout time to promote their faction's survival....
You are a Chef!, by Dan Shiovitz
Average member rating: (46 ratings)
Your Choice, by J. Robinson Wheeler
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

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