Winners of the 2016 IFComp

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1st place

Detectiveland

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Robin Johnson @rdouglasjohnson robindouglasjohnson@gmail.com

New Losago, 1929 - a town full of creeps, clowns, mobsters and, if you know where to look, the occasional honest citizen. Guide private investigator Lanson Rose through a series of puzzling cases: solve the city's liquor supply problem in "Speakeasy Street", track down a missing food scientist in "The Big Pickle", and investigate strange goings-on under a dilapidated mansion in "A Study in Squid".

Includes (optional) music and sound.

This work also won 3rd place in the 2016 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 8.24
Votes Cast 80
Standard Deviation 1.68

2nd place

Color the Truth
A variegated verity

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mathbrush brushton84@gmail.com

Rosalita Morales is dead, and you have to figure out who did it. The four people closest to her had the motive and the means: her partner, her secretary, her ex-husband, and her sister. Re-live their memories of Rosalita's last days to discover what really happened. But be careful: Everyone has something to hide, and everyone will Color the Truth.

Color the Truth is conversation-based murder mystery game that takes roughly 2 hours to finish. It is designed to be accessible to players who have never tried parser games, and comes with adaptive hints accessible by typing HINT.

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Score 8.06
Votes Cast 69
Standard Deviation 1.40

3rd place

Cactus Blue Motel

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Astrid Dalmady @dastridly astrid.dalmady@gmail.com

Somewhere between New Mexico and Arizona, three friends were driving through a barren desert of red rocks, and wide empty skies. It was the end of summer, the end of high school, the end of so many things.

And then they found the Cactus Blue Motel.

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Score 7.73
Votes Cast 104
Standard Deviation 1.67

4th place

Stone Harbor

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Liza Daly @liza liza@lizadaly.com

You're good at what you do: tell tourists pretty lies about love, money, and life after death. That's what people want from a boardwalk psychic, and you deliver. It's not the future you imagined for yourself, though, and sometimes you think you're waiting for your real life to start. That wait ends today.

The curtain is opening, and it's got something it needs you to see.

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Score 7.44
Votes Cast 71
Standard Deviation 1.89

5th place

16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds

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Abigail Corfman @AbigailMoment abigail.corfman@amomentofpeace.net

You're a vampire hunter on your night off.

You're getting a manicure, seeing a movie, and eating fast food.

But there's a vampire in this McDonalds.

If you don't do something, then in one hour it will eat the cashier.

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Score 7.33
Votes Cast 126
Standard Deviation 1.80

6th place

Pogoman GO!

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Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman @dhakajack contact@pogomango.templaro.com

The world is full of Pogomen, and now that you don’t have a job or family to worry about, you might as well get back to it!

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Score 7.13
Votes Cast 53
Standard Deviation 1.71

7th place

Fair

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Hanon Ondricek @hanonondricek hanon.ondricek@gmail.com

As the most famous self-published Science Fiction author residing in Hillview, you are eminently qualified to judge their annual Elementary School Science Fair.

Note: Filfre interpreter is not supported, please use alternatives when not playing online.

This work also won 2nd place in the 2016 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.01
Votes Cast 82
Standard Deviation 1.49

8th place

Night House
It looks different in the dark.

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Bitter Karella @thenewmeat thenewmeat@hotmail.com

You're eight years old. You wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, but you soon realize that not everything is as it seems in the house tonight. Where has everyone gone? Your family is missing and strange things are lurking in the shadows. Night House is an atmospheric text adventure about things that go bump in the night.

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Score 6.76
Votes Cast 51
Standard Deviation 2.03

9th place

Hill Ridge Lost & Found

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Jeremy Pflasterer jep@pflexagon.com

When he fears that a reclusive neighbor’s weird ministrations are leading the locals astray, an old cowboy takes it upon himself to amble back up to Hill Ridge and set things a-right.

Note: This game was designed for the HTML TADS Player Kit (http://www.tads.org/tads3.htm). Another interpreter that appears to support the game is QTads (http://qtads.sourceforge.net/downloads.shtml). Some universal interpreters, including Zoom, Spatterlight, and Gargoyle, do not support this game.

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Score 6.66
Votes Cast 32
Standard Deviation 1.88

10th place

How to Win at Rock Paper Scissors

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Brian Kwak briankwak49@gmail.com

The disgrace and humiliation of last year's defeat is behind you. This time, with the help of the gods, you'll win this competition for sure.

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Score 6.63
Votes Cast 73
Standard Deviation 1.53

11th place

To The Wolves

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Els White @ekwhite ekwhite@outlook.com

Offered up as sacrifice to the wolf-gods of the forest, hunted by beasts and man alike, Ella must find a way to survive.

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Score 6.61
Votes Cast 64
Standard Deviation 1.65

12th place

Ariadne in Aeaea

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Victor Ojuel @victorojuel victor.ojuel@gmail.com

Isle of Aeaea, the eastern Aegean. 3,500 years ago. In the northern wastes, the Achaeans have a new and warlike chieftain. Palace after palace is falling to his armies. On the shores of Crete, the Minoan civilisation awaits at the eve of extinction. At her sanctuary of Aeaea, the cunning Circe struggles to coordinate a political counteroffensive... And somewhere in the sticks, a young Minoan priestess named Ariadne wakes up to a hangover of mythological proportions.

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Score 6.53
Votes Cast 72
Standard Deviation 1.89

13th place

Inside the Facility

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Arthur DiBianca a_dibianca@yahoo.com

Your friend Mike thinks no one can infiltrate THE FACILITY, but you're going to prove him wrong.

A light puzzle game. In the author's opinion, it's totally family-friendly.

(Note: All players should look at the Facility Mapping Kit by clicking the "Walkthrough" button below. It's not hints or a walkthrough, it's a mapping template intended for everyone. If you would like a walkthrough, one is included in the "Download" zip file.)

This work also won 1st place in the 2016 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 6.42
Votes Cast 60
Standard Deviation 2.40

14th place

The Game of Worlds TOURNAMENT!
An interactive strategic card game

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Ade @mikepreston99 mikepreston99@outlook.com

It is a long million, this. The Septem Tower, held in the Manifold by the Tagides Rings, grinds on and on - its grey walls pressing close. The only thing to look forward to is the long, cold, endless Waste.

The Royderlanks in the Body, aloof and cruel, expect too much and give too little. Only the Game of Worlds can take your mind away from the crushing obligations of a Vociferant worker. And finally, a wildcard into the Tournament of the Perfect Aphelion - only held once every ten progressions. This is your chance.

The Cards await. The Tournament begins. The tables are prepared.

(Note: If you have downloaded the zip, the game is played best by launching the index.html file in the browser, but I have included a gblorb so you can play in your favorite 'terp.)

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Score 6.40
Votes Cast 45
Standard Deviation 2.03

15th place

The Queen's Menagerie

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Chandler Groover chandler.m.groover@gmail.com

These beasts won't feed themselves.

A puzzleless exhibition. Ten to fifteen minutes.

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Score 6.39
Votes Cast 82
Standard Deviation 1.82

16th place

Ash

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Lee Grey @mothteeth leegrey.author@gmail.com

Ash is an autobiographical story about the final days of life, and the loss of a parent.

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Score 6.34
Votes Cast 71
Standard Deviation 2.03

17th place

Darkiss! Wrath of the Vampire - Chapter 2: Journey to Hell

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Marco Vallarino @marcovallarino marco.vallarino@gmail.com

Ovranilla: a gloomy land full of traps. And wicked monsters. Carmilla, Millarca and Mircalla: the priestesses of the god Valmar, waiting for you in the devil's hole. Welcome back, Martin Voigt. Will hell be bad enough to stop you?

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Score 6.27
Votes Cast 52
Standard Deviation 1.94

18th place (tie)

The Shoe Dept.

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Aquanet mhrodey@gmail.com

What has two tongues but can't talk and follows us everywhere we go? Our lovely, leathery shoes, of course, the absolute last thing any person would ever expect to harbor a terrible secret. Fifteen-year-old Michael Cherry, for example, has no idea.

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Score 6.04
Votes Cast 56
Standard Deviation 1.77

18th place (tie)

500 Apocalypses
A digital memorial.

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Phantom Williams @phantomwilliams phantom0williams@gmail.com

500 Apocalypses is a web installation memorializing collapsed civilizations from across our universe. This interactive space is designed to allow contemplative engagement with five hundred curated entries from the Encyclopedia Apocalyptica.

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Score 6.04
Votes Cast 85
Standard Deviation 2.45

20th place

The Little Lifeform That Could

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Fade Manley fadeaccompli@gmail.com

A little microbe in the primordial ooze has grand dreams! Dreams of survival, by and large, but small goals lead to large ones. Can you climb your way out of the ooze onto the land, into civilization, and up to the stars? And by the time you reach space, will you be wearing the fanciest of all fancy hats?

[This game file can be opened and run with any browser, but tends to work best in Firefox.]

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Score 6.03
Votes Cast 87
Standard Deviation 1.51

21st place

Eight characters, a number, and a happy ending

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K.G. Orphanides kg@wyrdsmith.co.uk

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

As you wake to find yourself on the acceleration couch in Control, you can expect the muscle memory of your training to come back first: the product of intensive drills designed to prepare you for both combat and the stresses of command. The reintegration of your memory framework follows: your years at the academy and all that came before.

Finally, critical mission data will be directly encoded to your mind, giving you the most recent status reports available, for all that you weren't even aware of your own existence during the ship's long journey to this distant star.

This is what you trained for. This is what you are. So why don't you know what you're supposed to be doing here?

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Score 5.98
Votes Cast 41
Standard Deviation 1.75

22nd place

Mirror and Queen

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Chandler Groover chandler.m.groover@gmail.com

Your mirror never lies.

A puzzleless reflection. Fifteen to forty minutes.

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Score 5.96
Votes Cast 76
Standard Deviation 2.12

23rd place

A Time of Tungsten

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Devin Raposo @dtraposo devinraposo@gmail.com

The walls are high, the hole is deep. She is trapped, on a distant planet. Watched. She may not survive. But, she did live.

(When playing the online version of this game or downloading it from this website, there will be a ~minute or so-long loading time. This is normal - it is loading all the audio upfront for a seamless experience. If you prefer, you can download an offline version of the game (different from the downloadable from the competition page) which includes all the sounds in a zip file. For the smaller size .ogg audio version (45 MB) which does not work with Internet Explorer, download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6V5SSq3s80nVUJoSlFXUVIxVW8/view?usp=sharing ; for the larger size .mp3 audio version (109 MB) which works in Internet Explorer, download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6V5SSq3s80neDR6bXM2U213M1E/view?usp=sharing . You may have trouble playing this game with the Microsoft Edge browser - if you do, Chrome and Firefox work 100% of the time, and Internet Explorer seems to work well most of the time. Thank you for your understanding.)

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Score 5.86
Votes Cast 42
Standard Deviation 2.47

24th place

SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD!

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Xalavier Nelson Jr. @WritNelson videogamesandthebible@gmail.com

SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD! is a game about puns, rampant drug use, learning to enjoy life despite uncertainty, and elderly women in attack helicopters.

Also - bears.

[Note: game contains strong language, and brief scenes depicting familial abuse.]

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Score 5.81
Votes Cast 77
Standard Deviation 2.14

25th place

Stuff and Nonsense
Making a Great Exhibition of Myself

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Felicity Banks @FBanksBooks fellissimo@hotmail.com

The year is 1860. The place is Bearbrass, Australia: a sprawling metropolis of tin, steel, brick, stone and brass.

Queen Victoria is visiting Bearbrass for Australia's own Great Exhibition. All the sharpest minds of the colony have worked day and night to perfect their devices and displays.

An infamous rebel named Emmeline Muchamore has declared her intention to gain independence for the state of Victoria.

The two powerful women meet in the marvellous, magical heart of Bearbrass.

Rating: PG

You can play it online at http://philome.la/FBanksBooks/stuff-and-nonsense/play

The images will not work if the game is played offline, but the game will still function.

If you use the back button more than once in a row, you'll be stuck in an eternal loop. Make your choices wisely.

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Score 5.67
Votes Cast 54
Standard Deviation 1.43

26th place (tie)

Letters

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Madison Evans mevans7@mit.edu

A twine game where the reader explores a stack of letters left on their desk from someone they cared about. She has hidden herself inside her words, and all you can do is read between the lines. Can you find her?

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Score 5.66
Votes Cast 70
Standard Deviation 2.06

26th place (tie)

Rite of Passage

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Arno von Borries

A comedy in four parts about exciting games of instinct and wits, set in childhood. Not necessarily for children.

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Score 5.66
Votes Cast 47
Standard Deviation 1.84

28th place

Take
One joke, until expiration.

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Katherine Morayati @morayati ameliapinnolla@gmail.com (writing as “Amelia Pinnolla”)

You are battle-weary. Your armor is scanty and your countenance is loathsome; you tire of the swords flicking at your neck. But you have a duty. There is nothing you can't take.

(Content warning: Violence, implied adult themes, fameballs.)

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Score 5.65
Votes Cast 75
Standard Deviation 2.11

29th place

This is My Memory of First Heartbreak, Which I Can't Quite Piece Back Together

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Story, Art, & UX Design by Jenny Goldstick, Development by Stephen Betts & Owen Roberts mail@jennifergoldstick.com

A graphic memoir exploring the author’s memory of her first heartbreak.

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Score 5.51
Votes Cast 53
Standard Deviation 2.10

30th place

Black Rock City
a choose-your-own-burnventure

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Jim Munroe @nomediakings jim@nomediakings.org

You're at Burning Man, with six choices to make before the world goes white. Choose wisely. Or wildly. The dust storm won't care.

Zero puzzles, sixty-four endings.

Cover: Trish Lamanna

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Score 5.41
Votes Cast 90
Standard Deviation 1.56

31st place

Zigamus: Zombies at Vigamus

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Marco Vallarino @marcovallarino marco.vallarino@gmail.com

Vigamus, the Video Game Museum of Rome, has been attacked by zombies. To save it from the monsters, you can only count on your brain and the relics and gadgets exhibited in the building.

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Score 5.37
Votes Cast 57
Standard Deviation 2.02

32nd place

Tentaculon

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Ned Vole nedvole@gmail.com

Copepods hate this game.

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Score 5.35
Votes Cast 55
Standard Deviation 1.62

33rd place

Quest for the Traitor Saint
A "The Saints of Horses" game.

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Owlor @Owlor thelethir@hotmail.com

As the only diplomat of a doomed island nation, you need to learn the culture and customs of the Horses in order to succeed with your mission. These aliens are outwardly friendly, but secretive to a fault. You journey to the island of Hagia, where you have the opportunity to learn the secrets of the Saints, a type of religious folk-heroes whose likeness is inscribed on the plains in massive Geoglyphs.

You'll encounter a peculiar world full of spiders, strange animals, sickness, anxiety and various sundry things that may or may no try to kill you as you quest to find the mysterious Traitor Saint.

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Score 5.34
Votes Cast 38
Standard Deviation 1.78

34th place

Evermore
A Choose Your Own Edgar Allan Poe Adventure

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Adam Whybray and Edgar Allan Poe

"MISERY is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of that arch". (Edgar Allan Poe, 'Berenice', 1835)

This condition will never change! But you can, at least, banish it for your mind awhile with 'Evermore: A Choose Your Own Edgar Allan Poe Adventure'!

Containing over 60 of Poe's stories, poems, and essays in adapted, truncated, respectfully disfigured, and exciting "hyper-textual" forms 'Evermore' is the only game with the hubris to connect "all" of the great author's works into one, branching-pathed Leviathan and labyrinthine narrative.

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Best played in Chrome or Firefox as sound effects in ogg. form to meet space requirements. If downloading, please extract audio files to the same folder as the html file.

Content Warning: Murder, torture and asphyxiation.

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Score 5.30
Votes Cast 53
Standard Deviation 2.07

35th place

Yes, my mother is...

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Skarn @Skarn_TG

Counseling is no easy job.

When someone requests your help, within the space of a few questions, you must have learned enough about them, about their strengths and weaknesses, about what they want and what they need, to give them some appropriate advice, guidance which will do more good than bad.

And, in your specific case, you also need to answer many, many questions about your mother.

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See walkthrough for full credits.

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Score 5.29
Votes Cast 58
Standard Deviation 1.83

36th place

Not Another Hero

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Cecilia Rosewood

You're probably familiar with those stories where people suddenly develop mysterious powers, and save the day. Well, this isn't one of those. Not the 'saving the day' part, at least.

In this game you'll play as a member of the ASCD, a sort of militarized branch of the local police force, tasked with dealing with anomalies. These anomalies are people who gained mysterious powers either during or after the surges of power. Most of them are relatively harmless, but there are some who possess the power to level cities to the ground. Better watch your step.

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Score 5.25
Votes Cast 56
Standard Deviation 1.70

37th place

Riot

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Taylor Johnson @MrTayJ tsj@uvic.ca

Your city is burning.

Parker, a riot control officer, is thrust into the heat of his first riot when one mistake changes everything.

Now he wanders through the bedlam, harbouring a deadly secret.

*Play Online For Best Experience*

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Score 5.23
Votes Cast 64
Standard Deviation 2.26

38th place

Labyrinth of Loci

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anbrewk anbrewk@gmail.com

“What distinguishes a memory palace from a memory labyrinth is that each place of memory in a palace is intended to be found, while in a labyrinth the structure is more than a means of storage: it is a way of hiding what one wishes to be kept secret."

This game attempts to create a sense of lore, of place, of journey for an undetermined character. By the end of a single playthrough, the player ought to feel that they made choices, that they felt something for the person they were playing, and, hopefully, that their character was theirs and not mine. There are many paths and many endings, though only one labyrinth. [Contains graphic descriptions of violence and death]

(Press “Escape” to quit.)

For macOS users, the following link provides a mac build: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3eVaVjgrSpgQmZxck10Y2RrMlU?usp=sharing

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Score 5.22
Votes Cast 37
Standard Deviation 1.85

39th place (tie)

Sigil Reader (Field)

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verityvirtue @verityvirtue verity.virtue@gmail.com

I am a sigil reader. I work in a city where sigils are a matter of public health, for a maliciously inscribed sigil could mean the ruin of a business - or a soul.

Except today I wake to a changed world. The sigils are distorted. And the Station is silent. I fear I am responsible.

A short parser game about exploration, loss and restoration.

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Score 5.21
Votes Cast 66
Standard Deviation 1.48

39th place (tie)

Slicker City
Bit Two of the Alec Smart saga.

Andrew Schultz @ned_yompus blurglecruncheon@gmail.com

Years after the Problems Compound, Alec Smart still runs into reverses.

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Score 5.21
Votes Cast 34
Standard Deviation 1.78

41st place

The Mouse
I shouldn't have come here.

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Naomi Z @naominorbez mninorbez@gmail.com (writing as “Norbez”)

Better get back to the dorm if you don't want to get hurt, Evelyn Grey.

**This game contains mature language, alcohol, abuse, and a brief scene of violence. Player discretion is advised.**

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Score 5.17
Votes Cast 58
Standard Deviation 2.04

42nd place

Ventilator

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Peregrine Wade peregrinewade@yahoo.co.uk

The heat is stifling, the hotel room is vastly overpriced, and your heart is in pieces.

But the worse is yet to come...

WARNING: This story contains potentially humorous depictions of Mexican headgear.

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Score 5.16
Votes Cast 55
Standard Deviation 2.21

43rd place

The Skyscraper and the Scar
An interactive fiction of violence, vengeance and futility.

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Diego Freire, Ruber Eaglenest rubereaglenest@gmail.com

The skyscraper is silhouetted against the horizon, an open scar on the skyline, rising until it’s lost in the clouds. A promise of prosperity, of something never reached. A monolith of what we once were and might not be again. A beacon in the night, for those who still believe in the strength of concrete, steel and flesh.

[This game contains explicit language, intense violence, blood and gore, drug consumption and sexual references.]

[The game is mobile friendly and it is optimized for all screen sizes.]

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Score 5.04
Votes Cast 51
Standard Deviation 1.52

44th place

Take Over the World
...Or at least Cleveland

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Marie L. Vibbert @mareasie reasie@gmail.com

Guess it's time to take over the world. Somebody has to.

You live in East Cleveland, Ohio, so your options are limited, but urban-chic.

Find the right evil lair, recruit a mad scientist, and foil the East Cleveland authorities. Who knows - you may even end up leading an army of giant robots through Pittsburgh before you are done.

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Score 5.00
Votes Cast 52
Standard Deviation 1.56

45th place

The God Device

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Andy Joel

What is in the blood-soaked envelope the archaeologist gave Tanya just before she died?

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Score 4.96
Votes Cast 52
Standard Deviation 1.84

46th place

Theatre People
A game about curtains, among other things.

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Michael Kielstra

The dazzle of the theatre: the footlights, the bows, the adoring crowd! It's your job, as a tech crew member, to make sure that the actors and, especially, the actresses, get enough of that. Not for you the ten-minute standing ovation; your lot is to deal with pushy stage managers, issues with the fly tower, and a bartender who, no matter what, flat-out refuses to give you free drinks. Even when you could really use one. Especially when you could really use one...

Maybe, just maybe, this could be your ticket to the big time. You could single-handedly get the production back on its feet, win the praise and adulation of all, and, possibly, even aid a damsel in distress. Alternatively, you could do your job quietly, stay out of peoples' way, and have no reward but the quiet smugness of an underrated worker. Fame, glory, and a trek in search of rope await!

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Score 4.77
Votes Cast 57
Standard Deviation 1.39

47th place

Steam and Sacrilege

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Phil McGrail liargcm@hotmail.com

The Automatic Hotel, once hailed as a symbol of scientific progress and invention, stands crumbling. Surrounded by protesters trying to save the historic landmark and mired in rumors about the hotel's once-great steam-powered automatons, the building now represents something much more sinister. It's the last place that you saw your husband alive.

You must find a way to enter the mysterious hotel and discover the secretes of its celestial prison. But more importantly, you must make a choice. Which is more important – the life of your husband or the survival of humanity as you know it?

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Score 4.56
Votes Cast 50
Standard Deviation 2.02

48th place

You are standing in a cave...

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Caroline Berg adularia25@gmail.com

... you do not know how you got here. The last thing you remember is going out to eat at a fancy restaurant. Perhaps you were drugged. Perhaps you had a bad case of food poisoning and wandered off, feverish, into the outskirts of town. Whatever the case may be, you are here now. Wherever here is. And you want to leave.

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Score 4.55
Votes Cast 64
Standard Deviation 1.78

49th place

The Skull Embroidery
A Dungeon Crawl Adventure

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Jeron Paraiso jeronmparaiso6a@gmail.com

You've just crash landed in a mysterious forest. The only clue you have about your identity is the black cultish clothing you wear. Lucky for you the local old man is willing to help you learn and survive! You must explore, collect, consume, craft, and equip yourself in order to escape and take revenge on those who have sabotaged you. Make sure to revisit and re-inspect previously explored areas and find hidden stuff.

Features:

Openly explorable environment filled with danger

Smart action prompt, only giving you simple, 1 to 2 key input actions that are all valid at the time of decision

NPC Dialog

Deep combat system with attack/react techniques

Hunger system

Hidden rooms

Leveling system, based on your choices (Your experience applies when you rest)

Save system (Use the Journal action anytime you aren't in combat)

Cheats/God mode (see readme)

Check the SMReadme.txt in the download for game mechanics overview and details on how to launch it.

Format: This game is built in Ruby. The download comes with an .exe/bin for Windows/Mac, and an easy install+gem file for linux. If you have trouble for any reason launching the game, let me know via the email link. It's my highest priority to have you experience the game.

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Score 4.37
Votes Cast 30
Standard Deviation 2.24

50th place

Snake's Game
"Now think about anythink at all."

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Nahian Nasir totalnahian@gmail.com

Is the Red Apple the only place in the world that has hosted a god within its walls? Float through several psychedelic experiences, and interact with demons, monsters, and some more!

[This game contains horror, gore and profanity.]

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Score 4.34
Votes Cast 53
Standard Deviation 1.92

51st place

Aether Apeiron: The Zephyra Chronicles
Book I: The Departure --- Part I: Prelude to Our Final Days on Kyzikos

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Hippodamus & Company hippodamus.and.company@gmail.com

To understand the life of Zephyra, my Parthenos and protector, I have to take you back many years. We need to return to Kyzikos, the heavily-wooded little moon that orbits Arctonnesus, the giant cloud-covered planet, in the Propontis system. She struggled against forces both worldly and divine. She restored freedom and prosperity for her people.

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Score 4.27
Votes Cast 55
Standard Deviation 1.70

52nd place

Moonland

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BillyJaden @BillyJaden billyjaden@googlemail.com

Kims love smells like a poppy, sedating your body and senses until only darkness is left. But something is whispering from beyond; a long since forgotten memory of consciousness .

A poetic sci-fi story with music. [Triggers: violence, surreality, possibly gore]

Headphones recommended.

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Score 4.20
Votes Cast 46
Standard Deviation 2.06

53rd place

Thaxted Havershill And the Golden Wombat

Andrew Brown

An attempt to write a humorous TWINE IF game... The walk through is included... (Hmmm... This isn't a very exciting blurb, is it?)

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Score 4.14
Votes Cast 49
Standard Deviation 1.46

54th place

All I Do is Dream

Cover art for All I Do is Dream

Megan Stevens stevens.megan.a@gmail.com

Your girlfriend has gone to work and you're alone in the house. What will you do? Learn a new language? Take up an instrument? Train for a marathon?

Or I guess you could take a nap.

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Score 4.00
Votes Cast 85
Standard Deviation 1.76

55th place

Fallen 落葉 Leaves

Adam Bredenberg, Danial Mohammed Khan-Yousufzai

An interactive ghazal-sonnet on love and longing, fire and passion.

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Score 3.66
Votes Cast 62
Standard Deviation 1.94

56th place

Cinnamon Tea

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Daffs O'Dill daffsodill@gmail.com

You've only heard that one could see past or future lives through the use of certain teas, and a good rest.

Surely you weren't expecting this.

[This game contains a death scene, blood in multiple cases, and nudity.]

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Score 3.51
Votes Cast 71
Standard Deviation 1.69

57th place

Manlandia

Cover art for Manlandia

Rob Chateau robchateau@zoho.com

Manlandia is a utopian interactive fiction that describes an isolated society composed entirely of men, who reproduce via parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). The result is an ideal social order: free of war, conflict, and domination – but the result is also a thrilling interactive story involving an aeroplane, a bold trio of explorers, daring encounters and escapes, and other amazing adventures.

Cover art image CC BY-SA 3.0 (C) Gert Germeraad 2011, Portret van een man005.jpg

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Score 3.46
Votes Cast 61
Standard Deviation 1.86

58th place

Toiletworld
World Of Toilets

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Chet Rocketfrak

ToiletWorld: it's time to enter... the world of toilets.

COPYRIGHT 2016 UNITED PLUMBING

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Score 1.77
Votes Cast 88
Standard Deviation 1.66

The organizer of the 2016 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition was Jason McIntosh.