Victor Gijsbers

The Netherlands

Top 10 Reviewer
Member since December 30, 2007
Last visited June 21, 2022
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)
(36 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)
(62 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)
(154 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)
(47 ratings)

Terminal Interface for Models RCM301-303, by Victor Gijsbers (2018)
(18 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 - 73 votes for 28 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 - 31 votes for 16 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

Cyborg Arena, 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 review

I 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 review

Anno 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 review

Time 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 review

Nightmare 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

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

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)
Regel het voor Dries: De kunstroof, by Ketnet (in cooperation with pure communication)

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