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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.…

The Basics of Otome

I had no idea what Otome games were but a friend of mine told me she played them and when I asked her what they were she said they were typically romance games and you tried to have fill the love meter as high as you could with the person you chose so reach the best possible ending. When I…

Olly Olly Oxenfree

Go to the App store on your phone and search for Oxenfree. You will see an icon with a cartoon girl with Blue hair on it. This is Alex and she is your window into this game. You control what she says, where she goes, and how her night on an old, nearly forgotten island, ends. You join Alex, her…

12 Labors from the Past

While scrolling around the Electronic Literature Organization’s website, I came across a fairly interesting game titled “12 Labors of the Internet User” (or “Les 12 Travaux de l’Internaute,” if you’re using the original name). It’s a flash game playable on Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera if you’ve got it, and was put together by a team of seven people back…

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…

Are you hiding anything? Let’s find out.

Ever wish to be a hacker? In Hackers Quest, you can play as a hacker to uncover people’s dark secrets. This game was released in July of 2015 and can be downloaded and played on both Apple and Android products. Konya Kristen is the artist behind this fun and addicting game and sadly I could not find out more about…

A New Language? You Lingot it!

For many people, learning a new language can be a hassle if it’s not incorporated into our everyday lives. Taking a language course through school can be either a hit or a miss depending on how the individual learns best. There are so many variables to consider when learning a language in class, including: the teacher, the way it’s taught,…

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…