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77th Place - 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2017)
IFComp 2017 Review: The Murder in the Fog by Xiao Ru
I enjoyed the portrayal of schoolkids obsessed with the opposite sex, even when being stalked by an unseen killer. When the player-character receives the first message request, their first thought is either to ask if she's a girl, or ask for "sexy pics". Fengzi, meanwhile, vows to kill the killer, unless he's "handsome". "If he's handsome, maybe I can spare his life." Simple moments of levity in a pretty grim, violent story. On the other hand, the setup is rather contrived.
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This game was one of three translations of Qiaobooks games entered into IFComp 2017. I helped organize people to test this game.
It has a really interesting technical concept: text is typed out on timed intervals with changing backgrounds and timed sound effects/music.
However, some of the execution falls down; the translation, even after a few revisions, is off, as is the typesetting (apostrophes especially have problems). The graphics render the text difficult to read.
More troubling for me is the storyline of this game, which features a fairly sexist protagonist.
I enjoyed the other two Qiaobook games entered in the competition more, although this one was the longest.