|The great thing about IF? The graphics.|
Now, I haven't played them yet, let alone formulated opinions about them. (I'm not exactly the most dedicated IF fan) But no time like the present! Since I don't know how long these games are, I'm going to pace myself. We'll do a review a week. Or at least that's the goal I'll be shooting for. But don't hold me to anything, you jokers! And by jokers, I mean the web-crawling spider-bots which according to the statistics Blogger.com gives me about this blog, represent my core demographic.
I have scrupulously avoided spoilers and I have no idea which entry won. You can download the games at the competition's website, but be warned that near the top of the page they post the winners, so if you'd prefer to remain unspoiled like I do, I suggest you close one eye, put your left hand in front of your computer screen and scroll all the way down. At least that's the high tech method. Also if you haven't played these types of games before I suggest you download one of the free and awesome interpreters as you won't be able to play any of the games without one. I'll be reviewing them in reverse alphabetical order so if you want to play along we'll be doing:
1st - Wetlands by Clara Raubertas
2nd - The Promise by Sean Huxter
3rd - Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis by One of the Bruces and Drunken Bastard
4th - The Lost Islands of Alabaz by Michael Gentry
5th - Hallow Eve by Michael Wayne Phipps Jr.
6th - Bonehead - By Sean M. Shore
Despite the fact that one of the authors chose to go by the ignominious pseudonym "Drunken Bastard" (and let's not even go into that game's name) every entry is a Glulx game of a hefty size (for an IF game that is), which is a good sign. So I'm excited. Obviously I wasn't excited enough to play them when they were actually released back in March or April but better late than never, right? Anyway, if you're interested, join me later as we check out these hopefully awesome entries.