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Tuuli (English).zblorb - Post-compo version
Improved version six months after the competition
Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
Tuuli (Spanish).zblorb - Post-comp version
Improved version of the game, but in Spanish
Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
Game File (IF Comp version)
Competition version for the IF Comp 2017
Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
Walkthrough and map
by David Welbourn
International edition at Itch.io
English and Spanish versions of the game available.
Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.

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About the Story

"The old witch, your teacher Mákke, is dead. If you want to save your village you'll have to destroy the raiding fleet that's coming. Can you do it, young Lenne-who-would-be-the-witch?"


Mákke, la vieja bruja del pueblo y tu maestra, ha muerto. Si quieres salvar a tu aldea vas a tener que destruir la flotilla que se acerca por el mar. żPodrás, joven Lenne-que-quiere-ser-bruja?

Cover photo by Benjamin Sloth Lindgreen.

Made during June 2017 for the JAM "Canciones del desierto, la tormenta y el mar". The game is inspired by the song "Tuuli" from the Swedish/Finnish group Hedningarna.

Polished, extended and translated for the 2017 IF Comp.

Game Details


Nominee, Best Setting - 2017 XYZZY Awards

16th Place - 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2017)


So, after six more months of work, I think we have the almost definitive version of Tuuli.

We hope to finish it before the start of the xyzzy awards, but unfortunately, the date came and the first round for voting the nominees for the most important "Oscars kind" awards of Interactive Fiction is open now, so we had to hurry and release it RIGHT NOW!

So, it is probably that there are still some errata and bugs, so if you find something, please contact us. But the game should be "feature complete", and more than better, free of the "design problems" that harmed the IF Comp release, the past September of 2017.

Also, the zblorb files for English and Spanish versions are recently uploaded to If Archive, but those files are "pending", so for playing the improved version, please use the itchio "international edition".

So, please, enjoy the world of Tuuli.


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Editorial Reviews

The Breakfast Review
"Smoked herring on hapankorppu, a small side of viili yoghurt, and strong coffee. Not too heavy, but the flavour of that herring packs quite a punch."
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The Short Game
"The writing is very stark and atmospheric... It has the same quality of A year walk. It feels very Scandinavian and dark and cold."
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These Heterogenous Tasks

"It’s brief and economical, and this allows it to focus on a very sharp, simple character arc while maintaining a sense of urgency and significance. You can imagine it as the climactic sequence of a substantially longer work – but cutting things down to the final act makes a lot of sense. You’re given just enough time to get an appreciation of the situation and the stakes as the crisis builds."
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The Reinvigorated Programmer

"Tuuli is very atmospheric, and that counts for a great deal. It’s the first IF I’ve played in a long time where the writing is actively good, rather than either functional or trying-too-hard. It’s pretty extraordinary that this was not originally written in English, but is a translation. Not only that: the text tells an actual story, and a compelling one at that. It feels convincingly like it’s from a very different culture, perhaps because of its Finnish roots."
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"I enjoyed the rest of the game, and even though I had some difficulty playing it, I thought the game’s overall structure, writing, and atmosphere were strong."
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A Colossal Adventure

"The story is a good one, and the atmosphere is strong. It sets its scene and its characters well. If I had any complaints about the writing, it’s that this is a heavy story, and maybe not in the way I prefer. Tragedies are all well and good, but I came away from this with more of a vague melancholy than a despair. I prefer my tragedies with a little more bite: this is more on the dreary side."
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"It’s suitably haunting, with an evocatively sketched, fascinating setting that I haven’t seen much of in interactive fiction."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
A haunting Finnish tale of a young witch, November 16, 2017
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Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game is chock full of atmosphere, with compelling story and writing. Many 2017 IFComp judges found it compelling, and I predict it will receive at least one and probably several XYZZY nominations.

You play as a young witch in a Finnish village whose mistress has died. A dream has haunted everyone in town: a fighting force of strangers is coming in boats.

The game is fairly short, but well-done. There were a few guess-the verb spots, though. Overall, I recommend it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
One of the best written adventures in Spanish, December 5, 2023

Though it is short, it is still one of the best written adventures in Spanish. It has a great literary level that brings to mind the Kalevala and other Nordic texts, some really suggestive dialogues and a great sense of narrativity. The puzzles are not complicated, although there was a point -right at the end- where it was a bit difficult to find the final key to the ritual, the game mechanics are very satisfactory. I also appreciate the dynamic descriptions, as they bring you the feeling of a living world: the birds, the attitudes the people of the village has toward our character, etc... This eye for detail makes all the difference and makes you dive right into the story. All sorts of things can be examined and there are answers to all kinds of interactions. The version I've played is very well polished.

For me it is a milestone of interactive fiction in Spanish. I still have to replay it to explore other options in dialogues, etc, but it's one of the best I've played.

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