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I've got some strong opinions for someone who's never shown the courage or skill to publish any IF of my own. Nonetheless, I am a big fan of the medium -- which I think is going to be rediscovered by the mainstream at some point -- and I hope you enjoy my reviews.

Here's a brief guide to my rating system. It is unusually harsh:

5 stars -- a piece so incredible it effectively defines the genre or technique that it introduces or perfects. Very, very few works will get 5 stars from me.

4 stars -- a work that is significantly above average and achieves something notable. In general, a game that excels but does not quite reach the apex of its class. A relatively small number of works will get 4 stars from me.

3 stars -- a game that is competently put together and enjoyable to play, but lacks the special something that would make it stand out. Best summed up as "good, not great". Many games will get this rating from me.

2 stars -- a passable attempt that is deficient in one or more qualities that would make it truly enjoyable. Basically, something that could have been a 3-star game but fell short in some way, or otherwise falls into the "blah" category. Many games will get this rating from me.

1 star -- a work that, in my mind, has no redeeming qualities or is so horribly non-functional that any such qualities are not relevant to the playing experience. Very few games will get this rating from me, as I try to find something good about most games.

I am most harsh in my reviews when a work shows little evidence of effort on the part of the author. Conversely, I am inclined to generosity when I feel like the author tried hard to realize an interesting goal, even if he or she was not successful in doing so.

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SpirI7wrak, by Otis T. Dog (2014)

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Improv: Origins, by Neil deMause   February 1, 2023
"There is something deeply endearing about the Frenetic Five franchise to me. If there was anyone out there long-awaiting another episode..." - See the full review

Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry   January 7, 2023
"(Note: Would-be players are well-served by other reviews; this one is for would-be authors.) There aren't really that many works of..." - See the full review

Duck! Me?, by EdwardianDuck   December 1, 2022
"The author of this short adventure bills it as "an old-fashioned 1980's style text adventure" and notes: "[T]his isnít modern IF, itís an..." - See the full review

The Lost Islands of Alabaz, by Michael Gentry   December 10, 2021
"The Lost Islands of Alabaz has been out for more than a decade now, and, while it did make a splash by winning the Spring Thing 2011..." - See the full review

Illuminismo Iniziato, by Michael J. Coyne   November 30, 2021
"Having very much enjoyed Risorgimento Represso, I was eager to play this sequel when it was first released in 2018. It didn't manage to..." - See the full review

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OtisTDog's Played Games List

Wry, by Olaf Nowacki
Absence of Law, by mathbrush
Zero Sum Game, by Cody Sandifer
Attack of the Yeti Robot Zombies, by ōyvind Thorsby
Duck! Me?, by EdwardianDuck

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