Victor Gijsbers

The Netherlands

Top 10 Reviewer
Member since December 30, 2007
Last visited May 31, 2023
Profile ID (TUID): fzkruakfu53h20do

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.

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Interactive Fiction by Victor Gijsbers

Turandot, by Victor Gijsbers (2019)
(41 ratings)
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)
(64 ratings)
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)
(156 ratings)
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)
(50 ratings)

Terminal Interface for Models RCM301-303, by Victor Gijsbers (2018)
(19 ratings)
A text terminal interface for interacting with your model RCM301-303 remote controlled mech.

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Innovative Interactive Fiction - 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 - 102 votes for 43 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 - 35 votes for 19 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 - 58 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

I've Attached My CV And Cover Letter, by Jaime Monedero March   February 20, 2023
"I've Attached My CV And Cover Letter is a short game in which you... write a cover letter. The idea is quite brilliant. You're given a..." - See the full review

Zymurgy, by Roger Carbol   February 20, 2023
"Zymurgy is a SpeedIF game, which means that it was written in a short period of time to fit a certain prompt. In this case, the prompt..." - See the full review

IRL: The Game, by Julia Makivic, Chris Stedman   February 19, 2023
"IRL: The Game was written by Julia Mkivic and accompanies a book by Chris Stedman. I haven't read the book, but it supposedly explores..." - See the full review

How do we approach the singularity?, by Mark Cook   February 19, 2023
"How do we approach the singularity? is a choice-based game written in Quest. At the time of writing this review (February 2023) the..." - See the full review

ANDROMEDA 1983, by Marco Innocenti   February 18, 2023
"I'm not particularly given to nostalgia for old school adventure games, but ANDROMEDA 1983 gets it right. The graphics and music are..." - See the full review

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Victor Gijsbers's Play Lists

Played Games

Perihelion, by Tim White
9/21: My Story , by Kronosaurus, Yersinasaurus
Triune, by Papillon
80 DAYS, by inkle, Meg Jayanth
Pirateship, by Robin Johnson

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Wish List

Orchesterprobe, by Nena Ost
OK Boomer: The Game, by E.I. Wong
IFDB Spelunking 2, by sam Kabo Ashwell
Jacqueline, Jungle Queen!, by Steph Cherrywell
Karel of de Elegast, by Tom Hermans (@Auroriax)

See all 244 entries in the Wish List