Mike Russo

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Member since October 30, 2020
Last visited July 16, 2024
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Author of Sting and The Eleusinian Miseries.

My super rigorous scoring rubric:

1 star = terminally buggy or otherwise really not worth playing.

2 stars = some real strengths but some flaws too.

3 stars = an enjoyable game that's well worth playing.

4 stars = a great game that might just be lacking a bit of ambition or pizzazz to get it over the top.

5 stars = an amazing achievement that I'll remember for a long time to come.

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Interactive Fiction by Mike Russo

The Eleusinian Miseries, by Mike Russo (2020)
(26 ratings)
Well, isn't this a lark! After solid years of going after old Alky to let you in on that Mysteries wheeze of his, at last tonight's the night. He's dragged you from Athens to Eleusis for the to-do,...

Sting, by Mike Russo (2021)
(18 ratings)
Six bees. Five bags of groceries. A four-pound dumbbell. Three sailboats. One twin. Sting is a puzzleless parser memoir about ordinary days and unexpected interruptions.

'Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, by Mike Russo (2024)
(2 ratings)
You’ve been going about this all wrong. Instead of bemoaning their giantish constitution, you should be planning a giantish substitution. An entry in 2024's REALLY BAD IF Jam.

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Sun And Moon, by David Brain   July 13, 2024
"[This review was written and originally posted on the raif newsgroups at the conclusion of the 2002 IFComp] A year or so ago, Electronic..." - See the full review

Luna Gardens, by Justin Kim   May 20, 2024
"(This is a review of the Spring Thing version of the game; I understand it's since been updated to address some of the implementation..." - See the full review

The Kuolema, by Ben Jackson   May 16, 2024
"(This is a review of the Twine version of The Kuolema, as entered in Spring Thing 2024, followed by a review of the Spring Thing 2023..." - See the full review

The Time Machine, by Bill Maya   May 16, 2024
"(Note: this is a review of the Spring Thing 2024 version of The Time Machine, followed by my original review of its ParserComp 2021..." - See the full review

One King to Loot them All, by Onno Brouwer   May 16, 2024
"(This is a lightly-edited version of a review I posted to the IntFiction forums during 2023's IFComp COMBINED WITH a review of the Twine..." - See the full review

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