The 2011 Interactive Fiction Competition, often referred to as IF Comp, is underway! If you’re totally unfamiliar with the concept, now I can introduce to you another one of my random gaming passions. The IF Comp judges modern-day text games. These are new games, written in a style frequently associated with old games, where one simply reads and types text to interact. The topics of the games range across the board from adventure, to horror, to romance, from puzzle-filled riddle games to interactive novellas, so don’t just expect the well-known dungeon quest format.
I’ve been a judge in the competition before, and it’s a lot of fun playing the new games. Participation is free; all you have to do is be willing to learn the languages common to the various interactive fiction parsers, and download the games and/or play them directly on the web. Since the topic is so niche, I’m unlikely to post my detailed impressions of the individual game titles here at Tap, but most of the fun is checking them out for yourself. If you are curious, just go to The IF Comp website.
(Pictured above: a screenshot from Rover’s Day Out, 2009”s winner. Old competition games are also available from the site.)
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