Victor GijsbersThe Netherlands
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Member since December 30, 2007
Last visited January 17, 2022
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I have authored The Baron, Fate, Figaro, most of The Art of Fugue, The Game Formerly Known as Hidden Nazi Mode, 'Mid the Sagebrush and the Cactus, Kerkerkruip and Nemesis Macana. I have also written a large Inform 7 extension called ATTACK.
A note on my ratings: I am mapping stars, numerical values and prose evaluations onto each other in roughly the following way.
1 star = 1 to 4 numerical rating = a bad game; not worth playing.
2 stars = 5 to 6 numerical rating = either does something interesting, but in flawed way; or is solid but truly unremarkable; might be worth playing if the premise interests you.
3 stars = 6,5 to 8- numerical rating = an interesting and solid game that nevertheless lacks something that would make it thoroughly successful; definitely worth playing, but not 'must play'.
4 stars = 8 to 9 numerical rating = a very good or great game that shines in almost every way.
5 stars = 9+ to 10 numerical rating = an (almost) perfect game, a fantastic example of what interactive fiction is capable of; something to play and replay.
Interactive Fiction by Victor Gijsbers
|Turandot, by Victor Gijsbers (2019)|
An operatic performance. A tale of atonement. A dating sim with a crocodile pit. Content warnings: sex; sexism and other gender issues; suicide; torture; homophobia; xenophobia.
|Kerkerkruip, by Victor Gijsbers (2011)|
Kerkerkruip is a short-form roguelike in the interactive fiction medium, featuring meaningful tactical and strategic depth, innovative game play, zero grinding, and a sword & sorcery setting that...
|De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers (2006)|
An evil nobleman, a kidnapped daughter and a father who wants to rescue her at any cost--that is not the way life works. Something much darker, something much more human, lies underneath.
|Fate, by Victor Gijsbers (2007)|
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- 7 items January 2, 2008
Much Interactive Fiction, and some of the best, quite obviously descends from Zork and other early Infocom text adventures. But some of...
Polls by Victor Gijsbers
The great puzzlefests
- 64 votes for 26 games; created August 9, 2018
Playing Curses!, I started wondering which games belong to the canon of great puzzlefests. With this term I mean puzzle based games that...Villains
- 30 votes for 15 games; created September 1, 2010
"[T]he thief [in Zork] is important to the development of interactive fiction because he functions as a true villain, not simply an...Games with "logical" puzzles
- 55 votes for 27 games; created October 6, 2009
Some puzzles--like chess problems or sudokus--can be difficult even though you know all the rules. I'm looking for IF games with this...
Reviews by Victor Gijsbers
, by John Ayliff October 27, 2021
"Here’s what I like most: the fact that we’re playing a variant of rock-paper-scissors where you are told in advance what the opponent’s..." - See the full reviewI Should Have Been That I Am
, by E. K. Wagner March 28, 2021
"I Should Have Been That I Am is a short game, but it has a surprising amount of variability in its text: as the robot protagonist follows..." - See the full reviewAnno 1700
, by Finn Rosenløv March 28, 2021
"Anno 1700 is clearly a labour of love. It is the story of a guy who really loves pirate stories written by someone who, I suspect, really..." - See the full reviewTime Passed
, by Davis G. See March 28, 2021
"This is the third game I played in the 2018 IF Comp in which the protagonist’s not being (strictly) heterosexual is important, making it..." - See the full reviewNightmare Adventure
, by Laurence Emms, Vibha Laljani March 28, 2021
"Nightmare Adventure comes an an executable file that has to be opened, at least under Linux, in the terminal. A bit weird, but it works...." - See the full review
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Victor Gijsbers's Play Lists
, by Tim White9/21: My Story
, by Kronosaurus, YersinasaurusTriune
, by Papillon80 DAYS
, by inkle, Meg JayanthPirateship
, by Robin Johnson
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Wish ListOK Boomer: The Game
, by E.I. WongIFDB Spelunking 2
, by sam Kabo AshwellJacqueline, Jungle Queen!
, by Steph CherrywellKarel of de Elegast
, by Tom Hermans (@Auroriax)Regel het voor Dries: De kunstroof
, by Ketnet (in cooperation with pure communication)
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