Robin Johnson

Edinburgh, Scotland

Member since December 1, 2015
Last visited April 6, 2023
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I write browser-based IF using my own Javascript engines - so far I've written the parser games Hamlet, Aunts and Butlers, Portcullis and The Xylophoniad, and parser-choice-hybrids Draculaland, Zeppelin Adventure and IFComp 2016 winner Detectiveland.

You can support my games on Patreon if you like, and receive exclusive feelies in return.

I also make theatre, music and tweets.

I'm not the Robin Johnson who wrote Alice in Wonderland.

I've also written, as far as I know, the only playable Inform 7 meta-sonnet:

Will's Study is a room. The desk is here.
A hastily handwritten note is on it.
Description is "It's from your friend Shakespeare:
'I've gone to lunch. You'll have to write the sonnet.'"
Composing is an action applying to nothing.
The quill is a thing that is in the study.
Understand "write sonnet" as composing.
Description of the quill is "Old and cruddy".
Instead of composing when the player
does not have the quill, say "You've no quill."
Instead of composing, say "And... done. 'Heya',
says Will, returning. You say, 'Hello, Will!'
Says Shakespeare, 'Thank you for the time you've taken!
You really are a pal, Sir Francis Bacon.'"

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Interactive Fiction by Robin Johnson

Detectiveland, by Robin Johnson (2016)
(52 ratings)
New Losago, 1929 - a town full of creeps, clowns, mobsters and, if you know where to look, the occasional honest citizen. Guide private investigator Lanson Rose through a series of puzzling cases:...

Draculaland, by Robin Johnson (2016)
(27 ratings)
A terse, comic horror puzzle game based loosely on Dracula, faithfully reimagining several characters and ignoring most of the original plot. Guide Jonathan Harker on a trip through Transylvania,...

Zeppelin Adventure, by Robin Johnson (2018)
(12 ratings)
Piloting a tea-zeppelin on Mars is a lonely job, but this run is nearly over and then you're due for a holiday. That's unless you get sucked into a puzzly adventure involving pterodactyls, robots,...

Gruesome, by Robin Johnson (2021)
(11 ratings)
As a grue, it's your duty to keep the underground kingdom safe from vandalism by sorcerers, swordspeople, and other ugly monsters who keep invading the dungeon in hopes of stealing a sackful of...

Aunts and Butlers, by Robin Johnson (2006)
(41 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.

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And Then You Come to a House Not Unlike the Previous One, by B.J. Best   February 25, 2022
"Firstly, I wish I'd played this before reading any reviews of it; even a few lines gave something away that would have been an amazing..." - See the full review

Amazing Quest, by Nick Montfort   January 1, 2021
"Look, I pride myself on not being a gatekeeper. I'm not up for arguments about what is or isn't IF, or a game. This is a game that tests..." - See the full review

OK Boomer: The Game, by E.I. Wong   December 3, 2019
"I played this game because of the apoplectic one-line reviews it was generating here. It's not exactly nuanced but it expresses its anger..." - See the full review

Roberta Williams Eats a Sandwich, by Bitter Karella   May 2, 2017
"This is a funny parody of convoluted puzzle adventures, in which you have to go through bizarre plots in order to make a sandwich, only..." - See the full review

Inside the Facility, by Arthur DiBianca   November 16, 2016
"The only commands this game accepts are NORTH, EAST, SOUTH, WEST, WAIT, LOOK and STATUS, with actions like picking things up and giving..." - See the full review

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