Winners of the 2002 IFComp

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1st place

Earth and Sky 2: Another Earth, Another Sky

Cover art for Earth and Sky 2: Another Earth, Another Sky

Paul O'Brian

This work also won 2nd place in the 2002 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.60
Votes Cast 100
Standard Deviation 1.78

2nd place

Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me

Cover art for Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me

Mike Sousa and Jon Ingold

Dr. Taylor's looking worried. Dr. Kurner's looking exhausted. Zak is grinning with glee. Today is the big day, and you're about to try out the crowning experiment of your life, and in AtlantisLab's chequered history. It's just a shame that it's not going to work. And you're unlikely to stay alive through the consequences. TILL DEATH... and then some.

This work also won 1st place in the 2002 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.34
Votes Cast 114
Standard Deviation 1.72

3rd place

Photograph: A Portrait of Reflection

Cover art for Photograph: A Portrait of Reflection

Steve Evans

Photograph is a story-driven, almost puzzleless work about a man obsessed with what he perceives to have been a wrong turn in his life. The story has dark themes with elements that are either fantasy, or delusion on the part of the protagonist (depending on your view).

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Score 7.21
Votes Cast 125
Standard Deviation 1.94

4th place

The Moonlit Tower

Yoon Ha Lee

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Score 7.14
Votes Cast 110
Standard Deviation 1.87

5th place

Janitor

Peter Seebach and Kevin Lynn

This work also won 3rd place in the 2002 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 6.78
Votes Cast 114
Standard Deviation 2.19

6th place

The PK Girl

Robert Goodwin, Helen Trevillion, Nanami Nekono, and Oya-G

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Score 6.56
Votes Cast 66
Standard Deviation 2.08

7th place

Tookie's Song

Jessica Knoch

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Score 6.42
Votes Cast 106
Standard Deviation 1.71

8th place

Fort Aegea

Francesco Bova

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Score 6.41
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 1.83

9th place

The Temple

Johan Berntsson

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Score 6.36
Votes Cast 102
Standard Deviation 1.82

10th place

Jane

Joseph Grzesiak

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Score 6.33
Votes Cast 116
Standard Deviation 2.14

11th place

MythTale

Temari Seikaiha

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Score 6.26
Votes Cast 114
Standard Deviation 1.67

12th place

Unraveling God

Todd Watson

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Score 6.19
Votes Cast 70
Standard Deviation 1.89

13th place (tie)

Identity Thief

Rob Shaw-Fuller

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Score 5.96
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 1.81

13th place (tie)

Augustine

Terrence V. Koch

St. Augustine, Florida is a city rich in history. Touted as the Oldest City in the United States, tourists flock to her to learn something of the nation's earliest settlers and get a sense of what life was like in the past.

But there is another side of St. Augustine that reveals itself when the sun goes down. It is a city steeped in legends of the supernatural, as evidenced by the many ghost tours that are offered along the city streets.

While on one of these tours you realize that the many stories are more than legends, they are chronicles of events that hold personal significance for you. In fact, your seemingly innocent decision to take the tour sets off a chain of events that trigger painful memories for you, endangers the life of an attractive tour guide, and brings you face to face with an ancient enemy.

Will questions that have haunted you for years be answered? Will an ancient curse be lifted? Will a 600-year-old conflict be resolved? These are questions you hope to find answers for tonight . . . in Augustine!

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Score 5.96
Votes Cast 110
Standard Deviation 1.88

15th place

Rent-A-Spy

John Eriksson

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Score 5.51
Votes Cast 113
Standard Deviation 1.80

16th place (tie)

The Granite Book

James Mitchelhill

IFComp 2002 entry.

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Score 5.41
Votes Cast 103
Standard Deviation 2.15

16th place (tie)

Eric's Gift

Joao Mendes

Eric's Gift - A short interactive story about painting the future.

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Score 5.41
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 1.82

18th place

When Help Collides

J. D. Berry

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Score 5.40
Votes Cast 108
Standard Deviation 2.25

19th place (tie)

Evacuate

Jeff Rissman

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Score 5.33
Votes Cast 82
Standard Deviation 1.81

19th place (tie)

Constraints

Martin Bays

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Score 5.33
Votes Cast 125
Standard Deviation 2.48

21st place

Sun And Moon

David Brain

Not a text adventure -- closer to an alternate reality game, with puzzles strewn across various web sites, comprising diaries by fictional characters, press releases by fictional companies, and so on.

The game is no longer playable as intended, as much of these resources have disappeared from the web. Some additional information is archved at its IFDB page.

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Score 5.16
Votes Cast 62
Standard Deviation 2.46

22nd place

Not Much Time

Tyson Ibele

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Score 5.14
Votes Cast 97
Standard Deviation 1.48

23rd place

Hell: A Comedy of Errors

John Evans

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Score 5.12
Votes Cast 122
Standard Deviation 1.90

24th place (tie)

Out of the Study

Anssi Räisänen

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Score 4.92
Votes Cast 73
Standard Deviation 1.92

24th place (tie)

Color and Number

Steven Kollmansberger

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Score 4.92
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 1.84

26th place

BOFH

Howard A. Sherman

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Score 4.83
Votes Cast 113
Standard Deviation 2.21

27th place

The Case of Samuel Gregor

Stephen Hilderbrand

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Score 4.79
Votes Cast 98
Standard Deviation 1.54

28th place

A Party to Murder

David Good

In financial difficulties, you go to meet with a neighbor during a party. However, he seems to be missing. Where could he be? And who are these mysterious party guests? Watch out for the police, they seem to be suspicious of you!

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Score 4.73
Votes Cast 63
Standard Deviation 1.48

29th place

Screen

Edward Floren

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Score 4.69
Votes Cast 117
Standard Deviation 1.53

30th place

Concrete Paradise

Tyson Ibele

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Score 4.43
Votes Cast 103
Standard Deviation 1.77

31st place

Scary House Amulet!

Ricardo Dague

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Score 4.30
Votes Cast 114
Standard Deviation 1.98

32nd place

Coffee Quest II

Dog Solitude

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Score 4.14
Votes Cast 103
Standard Deviation 1.71

33rd place

Four Mile Island

Chris Charla

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Score 3.86
Votes Cast 73
Standard Deviation 1.81

34th place

Moonbase

Mike Eckardt

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Score 3.74
Votes Cast 91
Standard Deviation 1.69

35th place

Koan

Esa Peuha

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Score 3.59
Votes Cast 133
Standard Deviation 1.88

36th place (tie)

Ramon and Jonathan

Daniele A. Gewurz

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Score 2.87
Votes Cast 111
Standard Deviation 1.37

36th place (tie)

Terrible Lizards

Alan Mead and Ian Mead

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Score 2.87
Votes Cast 98
Standard Deviation 1.45

38th place

Blade Sentinel

Mihalis Georgostathis

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Score 2.25
Votes Cast 67
Standard Deviation 1.33