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Posts tagged “text-adventure”

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Stories Untold review

Gosh, we’re living in brilliant times for interesting games. It seems barely a month goes by now without something novel and fascinating appearing, pushing at the edges, upcycling old ideas for new minds, and messing with our brains. The latest that fits all these categories is the really very splendid Stories Untold [entirely pointless official site], ostensibly a collection of four novella-like adventures linked by…

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Have You Played… MST3K Presents: Detective?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Many years ago, there was a truly terrible IF game called "Detective". But that's not really what's important. What matters is what happened next. Inspired by the wonderful TV series Mystery Science Theatre 3000, currently returning to us via Kickstarter, another player set…

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Book ‘Em: Make It Good Is IF About An Alcoholic Detective

"Word is: if you don't crack this one, you're out of a job." I've previously established that Where's An Egg? is the best game about being a detective, but Make It Good is probably the best text adventure about being an alcholic detective. It was released in 2009 but I only discovered it this past week. It's free and you can play it right now…

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SLAMMED! Is Interactive Fiction With Kayfabe

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…

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The Text Adventure Evolved? CYPHER

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…

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Endless, Nameless review

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…

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Milliways: The Lost Infocom Game

As it happens, I've recently been playing some Infocom text adventures. Guess what: Infocom were really rather good. Guess what else: there was one rather significant game they never released. And you can play some of it. In a remarkable find by waxy.org (linked via the magics of QT3), amongst a complete archive of Infocom's work is the game Milliways: The Restaurant at the End…

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The Baron

A while back Emily Short posted a link on Play This Thing to adventure game, The Baron, created by Victor Gijsbers. I've always had a deep-set love for text adventures (I'm sure the term "interactive fiction" makes everyone feel very intelligent, but they're text adventures, and that's how it should be). I remember sitting with my dad at the age of 10, helping him playtest…

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