There's a wealth of content here, four complete stories in Inform cleverly linked by a framing story created in Twine. One of the best of the Balderstone series.
J. J. Guest
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This is an excellent game. Tightly and solidly implemented, with an engaging story and some very original puzzles, it's one of Brian Rushton's best. While the game is a homage to the works of Chandler Groover, you don't need to have played all of Groover's games to enjoy it, and in spite of the setting it remains quintessentially Rushton, with themes and elements that recall the author's previous games such as Absence of Law and The Origin of Madame Time. Originally intended for IFComp, Grooverland is one of the largest games in the competition, and I found it so absorbing that it's been hard to tear myself away to try the other entries. Recommended.
This is a game of contrasts. The introduction is beautifully written and illustrated with pixel art, while the main game is sparsely written and illustrated with photographs. Two very different fonts are used for the intro and the main game.
I preferred the more lavish writing, the more legible font and the photographs. It's clear that the author was inspired by the landscape in the photos and it was interesting to play a game based around a real place. I'd like to visit it myself!
The game is short and the puzzles fairly easy, with the exception of one where I had the right idea but couldn't guess the right syntax. There were a few things I didn't have time to do in the endgame, so I will be playing it again. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.
This was interesting, it was impossible not to be reminded of the thematically similar M. Night Shyamalan film of the same name. I think I found a winning ending. It was a bit of a struggle to restart the game and do it differently, due to the lack of a start again option.
After playing this and the Pumpkin Pie game I had to double check that this competition didn't have a cookery category! I enjoyed the mechanic of gradually building a page of cookery blog, but there was a bit too much to read before you get to the punchline.
There's some interesting imagery in this creepy tale, but I would have liked more choices and more endings. There were one or two typos and grammatical errors, but it was an otherwise solid game.
This game is quite linear, and resisted all of my attempts not to be a maniac. It's a game about gun violence, but it doesn't offer much of a commentary on it. Not my cup of tea at all, I'm afraid.
This game is beautifully implemented and hilarious. Like dgtziea, I threw everything into the bowl before I found the recipe, but I also couldn't figure out the oven so the pie came out raw even after hours of cooking. I now have no soul, and should probably just give up baking.
I enjoyed playing this one. I went through it twice and found two different endings. It was atmospheric and mysterious and I liked that it leaves you to draw your own conclusions (or did I miss something?) There were a few unimplemented scenery objects, some of which seemed like they might be important, but for a first game, it's great!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to announce that Alias 'The Magpie', a parser-based interactive fiction game, has now been launched on itch.io. Written in Inform 7, Alias 'The Magpie' is a comedy crime caper inspired by P. G. Wodehouse and the Pink Panther films.
Sir Rodney Playfair, gentleman thief, has a simple plan: impersonate a psychiatrist, infiltrate a country house, steal a priceless Egyptian scarab and make it back to London in time for cocktails. All in a day's work for the illustrious 'Magpie'.
WINNER of IFComp 2018: 1st Place overall; 1st Place, Miss Congeniality - 24th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2018)
Here's what the critics said:
"It’s all about the text, which absolutely sparkles. Beautifully, professionally done – superbly implemented. Funny, clever and delicious." - McT's Interactive Fiction Reviews
"Alias ‘The Magpie’ plays like one of the best games from the Infocom era, but with a rich setting, motivated puzzles, and memorable characters." - IF Comprehensive
"Alias 'The Magpie' drew me in quickly, with its very English tone and sense of humor. I found it cleverly-written, well-implemented, and a lot of fun to play." - Mike Spivey, IFDB
Play or download it here: https://j-j-guest.itch.io/alias-the-magpie
Well, tinkerty-tonk, old fruit!
- J. J. Guest