Posts Tagged ‘interactive-fiction’

Freeware Garden: You Were Made For Loneliness

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on July 29th, 2014.

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day.

Elizabeth Simins provided You Were Made For Loneliness with a brilliantly evocative opening illustration, that really sets the game’s mood and acts as a first warning of sorts. A warning followed by further trigger warnings for suicide, depression, and psychological abuse.

You Were Made For Loneliness, you see, is definitely not for everyone, but, for those who can brave disturbing scenes in their texty Twine games, it does offer both food for thought and some great, wild prose by Tsukareta*.

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Wot I Think: Heroes Rise: The Prodigy / The Hero Project

By Richard Cobbett on June 26th, 2014.

They say a picture's worth a thousand words, and in my line of work, I should know. For the dame who entered my office just now though, I only need the one. And it's not like it's going to be 'no.'
‘You are the detective, are you not?'
I nod. That's what it says on the door. ‘Course, the side of it she came in from's not seen much footfall these past days. Not had much reason to go out myself, since getting that special on gin.
‘What can I do for you, Miss-‘
The dame holds up a gloved finger. ‘Mrs,' she corrects. ‘Mrs. Pembrose-Amberley.'
‘Pembrose-‘ I know that name. ‘As in Pembrose-Amberley, the Screenshot King?'
‘My husband went missing three days ago,' she says, lighting up a long white cigarette. ‘I don't think I have to tell you what that means.'
She does not. If the Screenshot King is gone, that means the Textual Revolution may finally have made its move against the graphical bourgeoisie.
‘I'll take the case,' I tell her. We both know it's a formality.

Heroes Rise proudly declares itself the first text adventure on Steam. Pffft. Reading words? On a screen? That someone wrote? Who’s got time for that nonsense, eh? What’s that, Graham? I do what for a living? Ah. I have just been informed that I was just kidding. Who needs graphics anyway? But! Do its first two parts have the power to overclock and fully exploit the most powerful gaming processor in the world, the Intel i7 47YOUR MOIST HUMAN BRAIN? Here’s Wot I Think…

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Heroes Rise: Text Adventures Coming To Steam

By Graham Smith on June 18th, 2014.

It’s 2014. Despite the creative rennaissance enabled by the likes of Twine, text adventures and interactive fiction are one of the few genres yet to experience a commercial revival from the rise of new funding models and digital distribution. There’s still hope, though. Choice Of Games, one of the few companies trying to make a living from making such games, have just announced that their Heroes Rise series is coming to Steam. They’re the first text adventures to join the platform.

So what’s your plan of attack?

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S.EXE: Snowblind Aces

By Cara Ellison on June 6th, 2014.

Ah, mes cheries. This week’s S.EXE is a romantic tale of two hot-shots in a clinch. It’s hard to find well-written romance in games, but it’s also hard to find dialogue that’s naturalistic or flowing… Unless you go to the tenderly-kept gardens of the Interactive Fiction forums, where, somewhat ignored by Gamers At Large, the wordsmiths of choice and nuance solder their delicate meanings together, folding out words, opening up new landscapes purely constructed with the master knowledge of parser instructions or hypertext. So today we’re heading that way to the lovely little romance game Snowblind Aces, a short, replayable adventure in the vein of the Saturday afternoon matinee movie. It stays on just the right side of Indiana Jones cheesiness. It’s parser-based, so get ready to type GET YE FLASKE a lot, or MAKE LOVE TO BEYOOTIFUL WUMAN, and have the game stubbornly refuse to laugh. (Not really: this game is as straightforward as interactive fiction gets.) (Come the heck on!)

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Words & Music: Play 33 Text Adventures Inspired By Songs

By Graham Smith on May 29th, 2014.

“I need you to head down to the bad part of town and check out a StepEasy squattin’ in the industrial quarter. Dame across the street said she saw a lady, she thought it shady somehow. A man came through the window and she was struck down (I mean the lady) old dame thinks, to her doom. But listen, can you do this? I mean with all that happened before–”

ShuffleComp is a competition where people were challenged to create interactive fiction inspired by songs. The result is 33 short games, each based upon a single track. The above quote is from Groove Billygoat, a game inspired by Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, and there are other games inspired by Oingo Boingo, Barenaked Ladies, Genesis, The Byrds, Quantic and a lot more. Most of them are even playable with a single click in your browser.

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SLAMMED! Is Interactive Fiction With Kayfabe

By Graham Smith on November 1st, 2013.

The best there is, was, and ever will be?

I didn’t grow up in a house where wrestling was ever on TV, so WWF was only ever this strange thing that made my friends want to “choke slam” and “clothesline” me, or otherwise do unpleasant things to one another. Yet still I’ve picked up enough residual love from Craig to think this is cool. SLAMMED! is an interactive fiction game about wrestling, and it has a kayfabe stat.
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Mostly Indescribable: Depression Quest

By Adam Smith on February 14th, 2013.

The new interactive fiction game from Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey and Isaac Schankler begins with a quote from David Foster Wallace and a warning. Both of them tightened the knot in my stomach and made me feel a little less sure of myself. I decided that now is not the time to click ‘Begin’. I’ve never lived with depression, at least not my own, but I’ve experienced it through others and know that at least one of those people would be extremely anxious but hopeful when faced with that button. This is ‘game’ as communication, comfort and tool of understanding. I’ll share thoughts on Depression Quest soon. You can play for free or donate, both to the developers and to iFred

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Interacting With Fictions: Guilded Youth

By RPS on December 13th, 2012.


RPS friend and ally Leigh Alexander writes a short series about Interactive Fiction. This is part two.

Oh my god, the sound of a modem dialing.
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Typeface: 2012 Interactive Fiction Competition

By Adam Smith on October 2nd, 2012.

None of the games in this post are about shooting people, even though it contains links to many games that you can play right now. One of them is about making the final payment on your mortgage, an event that becomes a tragicomic fiasco. Another is the exploration of a life through study of a last will and testament. How about picking through a claustrophobic dystopia that might feel disturbingly close to your own midnight thoughts? Getting lost in a world made of puns? No? None of that appeals? Have a zombie then. Be a zombie, a hungry zombie in a world that has a severe brain shortage. Aren’t games imaginative and great? These are all entries in the 2012 Interactive Fiction competition. More details below.

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The Text Adventure Evolved? CYPHER

By John Walker on September 3rd, 2012.

The text adventure, as we’ve known it for years, is finally beginning to evolve. It’s adding graphics, using new techno… hang on, it’s not 1984. And yet, it’s fair to say that the thriving world of Interactive Fiction primarily focuses on the purest form of the genre – just the text, ma’am. Now, I’m not nearly knowledgeable enough about the scene to know if the claims made by CabreraBrothers are definitely the case, but they’re arguing CYPHER is the first text adventure made using Unity3D, and they’re calling it “the comeback of commercial text adventures”.

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The Legend Ascends: Heroes Rise

By Adam Smith on July 19th, 2012.

DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU ARE OVER THE AGE OF 18 AND NEVER WANT TO BE AROUSED AGAIN

From the same stable as Choice of the Dragon, which gobbled up a swathe of Alec’s free time back in 2010, comes Heroes Rise: The Prodigy. It’s a textual choose your own adventure game with character stats, customisation and combat, taking place in a world of advanced technology and celebrity superheroes. You can play a great deal for free but the full version will set you back the half pint price of £1.99. But did it distract me from listening to imaginary Bane and Batman voices having a gruff-off?

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Wot I Think: Endless, Nameless

By John Walker on July 18th, 2012.

Troll. DO YOU SEE?

I’m so glad I don’t review books for a living. When discussing a game, you have to be careful to avoid both narrative and mechanical spoilers as best you can, but generally there’s a great deal to talk about around these. But I’m not sure the editors of the Times Literary Supplement would take kindly to my describing how easy it is to turn a book’s pages, as I desperately find ways to avoid ruining the story for anyone who might want to read it. I often feel in a similar situation when reviewing adventure games, and never more so than when talking about interactive fiction. Yes, there are mechanics to discuss, of course. But really, with text on a screen, it’s tougher. And when that game has a crucial twist in the opening hour, er, you’re screwed. So it’s with this in mind that I suggest you go play Adam Cadre‘s Endless, Nameless before you read beyond the point I’ll clearly mark below. I’ll not ruin the entire game, of course. But, well, play it first.

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Absent Heroes: Choose Your Own Interview II

By Cara Ellison on July 16th, 2012.

I had a sweet time making the last Choose Your Own Interview, so this time I collaborated with long time Interactive Fiction heroes Adam Cadre, Emily Short and Andrew Plotkin to make you something special. The following is a heady mix of RPS fanfic, Interactive Fiction love letter, and slight autobiographical tendencies. Your secret content this time comes courtesy of a guest appearance by someone we all know and love. Enjoy, and keep me updated on your own adventures in text. Now let’s get really drunk. There must be a bar around here somewhere?

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