Tag: interactive fiction

Even Captain Jumbo Can’t Save You

At first glance, Captain Jumbo seems to be a bright, sunny, and sweet game where you explore the world through the eyes of a toddler. Pretty early in the game you start realizing it is quite the opposite and it turns your world upside down. It is a brutal but important story to tell and it takes you in a direction…

Unraveling Stories With Yarn (or my time as a magical intern)

While making my weekly App Store rounds, I came across this newish app called Yarn. It had a pretty interesting description, boasting “thrilling, interactive stories on your device, for free. Solve puzzles, help characters make important decisions, and decide how stories end.” So I decided to go ahead and download it.   At first glance I found it pretty nice looking.…

An Interactive Fiction Wonderland

For this analysis of a specific interactive fiction game I decided to look at a Twine game that was published on the Interactive Fiction Database. Although I have played some of the games made by my peers, I was intrigued by the idea of playing a game that was created by someone I didn’t have any connection to. Someone who…

The Act of Misdirection: Look Over There!

In the interactive fiction game The Act of Misdirection by Callico Harrison, you play as The Great Meldellevo, a woman mastered in the arts of misdirection and slight-of-hand, performing a show in Victorian London. Once you figure out how to get the show going you amaze the audience with your magic, all the while taking note of the fact that they’re only…

Pugs & Romance

I want you to picture this: You go to a speed dating event. You sit down and wait for it to start only to learn all your potential partners are pugs. Best situation or Best situation? George Batchelor’s Hot Date puts you right in the middle of this scenario, matching you up with various precious pugs to chat with. Each pug…

Stranded: Can You Escape the Beach?

Interactive Fiction can take many forms, from being the very simple Zork (though the gameplay is anything but simple) in terms of technological advancement to the text adventure I’m going to introduce you all to today:  Beached!  This version of the game is in its early stages, posted on the Interactive Fiction Database for feedback so minor bugs could be worked…

The Disaster Date

“Dinner with Andre” is an interactive fiction game created by Liza Daly in 2000. The game received recognition as a nominee for Best Puzzles for the 2000 XYZZY Awards and scored 18th place in the 6th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition in 2000. The game has it’s own personality of being quirky and cute and is essentially a romantic comedy. The…

Open Sorcery: Some People Just Want to Watch the World Burn

Open Sorcery by Abigail Corfman is a science fiction interactive fiction game made with Twine and was published on May 5, 2016. The game follows the development of an “Elemental Firewall” (a creature described as being made of magic and C++ code), created by the characters Decker and Janet, as it protects a variety of people and places from harmful spirits. The player guides…

Interactive Storytelling: The Walking Dead

We are currently in an age where interactive stories are becoming increasingly popular. Every year new mainstream media TV shows, movies, and comics are becoming part of the interactive storytelling world. A good starting point in entering this world and learning about interactive storytelling (in my opinion) is the first season of TellTale’s The Walking Dead game. The Walking Dead (which…

Interactive Stories On The Go: Choice Of Games

Have you ever wished you could read/play some interactive fiction type games while your stuck in traffic or from the comfort of your bed? Yes? Ok, great. Cause it’s totally possible. See what I’m talking about is this awesome game company by the name of Choice of Games. Their a small Californian company with a variety of titles out. I personally came…

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