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Escape from Summerland

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Joey Jones / Melvin Randasamy 2012
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

One major problem with the Annual IF Competition is frustration or at least a general disinterest setting in after playing through dozens of games. So it happened that I did not like Escape from Summerland at all initially: Why is this game on rails, forcing me to go into specific directions when others are mentioned as well? If I can't go anywhere else, just teleport me there! What the fuck are these stupid smileys doing there after every parser message? This is going to be bad! That's what I thought… until I understood what the game was actually doing: It was giving me an extremely helpful introduction to what the game would be about! The railroaded movement showed me the steps which I would have to retrace (in reverse order) later on in order to escape. The seemingly stupid parser responses after the first perspective switch characterised the second playable protagonist in a way that her relevant abilities would become clear immediately. In retrospect, I have only praise for this introduction to the game. Here it is: The example of non-interactive interactivity used for a good purpose!


Esheep

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God's Pet Lama Corp. 1998
Genre: Simulation
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

The sheep... fluffy, white fellow - usually found anywhere near tasty grass. Its distant relative the electronic sheep - or esheep as it's referred to most of the time - on the other hand is usually found in a slightly different environment: Windows operating systems. Also keeping one of these is a lot less expensive and timeconsuming than herding real sheep. So if you ever thought about getting yourself a sheep and didn't because of these downpoints here is your chance to make a big change in your life: Get yourself an electronic pet, get yourself an esheep!


Falcon Beertender

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Falcon 1994
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Tapper, even in its original arcade version, has always been a promotional game: the player didn't just serve some anonymous beer to his customers, but Budweiser specifically. Which didn't stop the game from being marketed commercially; of course, kids still had to pay to play. Over the decades, this culture changed a little. With the advent of home systems, the wide availability of development frameworks, capable operating system APIs and an abundance of developers as well as cheap data transfer media, promotional games coming with a price tag slowly disappeared, replaced by 'free' ones (i.e. without costs).


Fifteen Minutes

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Ade McT 2014
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

When I saw this game in the Interactive Fiction Competition, I knew I would end up writing a review about it. Regular readers will know I'm a sucker for time travel stories. Although there are many different approaches to designing such a mechanic and weaving a plot around it, it is (in the good cases) always such an inherently logical construct which I can't help but admire!


Fish Bowl

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Ethan Rupp & Joshua Rupp 2012
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Fish Bowl claims to be An Interactive Horror. Yet, the introductory text makes it seem like an absurdist comedy. Preparing for the worst, I brace myself… I find out I'm playing a 'drunk beachcomber'. There is no immediate goal to the game, except maybe to find out how this fish bowl came into my possession. Exploring the immediate surroundings, it does not really matter much anymore suddenly as I'm drawn into a consciously surreal adventure of self-recognition.


Fish Fillets

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ALTAR Interactive 1998
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

‘Pozor!’ the sharklike fish tries to warn me. But it’s already too late, the skull crashes on his goldfish friend and kills her. Time to restart the level and plan my steps more carefully. But before that I will take a break and tell you about this very unique puzzle game I am playing right now. Basically it’s an intriguing cross between Tetris, Soko-Ban and Boulder Dash. Oh and if you couldn’t already tell by the opening quote: It’s also from a smaller Czech indie developer. Therefore the fish only speak in Czech… fortunately with multilingual subtitles. Well, this does have a certain charm, doesn’t it? :D


Flight of the Amazon Queen

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Interactive Binary Illusions 1995
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Flight of the Amazon Queen is a point and click adventure released in 1995 for Amiga and DOS by Interactive Binary Illusions. It comes on floppies, and there are also CD versions which have full voice-overs. The game has been freewared and can be played in ScummVM.


Flowers of Mysteria

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David Sweeney 2018
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

Flowers of Mystaria is a very classic text adventure. A rather solid example of its kind, because there are next to no bugs, it is quite playable and it has a decent length (although it is finishable in one sitting). Yet it has one problem: It just is not overly exciting and could have used a bit more polish.


Flug 714 nach Sydney

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Mr Creosote 1996
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

My second text adventure. 'Flight 714 to Sydney' is a Tintin comic, and the game follows it pretty closely... until the second half which is pretty much skipped completely, because I didn't like all that alien stuff.


Freedom

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Anonymous 2008
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

There are games which aren't very professionally made, but which have a strong personal message to them. Freedom is one of them. It is about a student suffering from social anxiety disorder trying to get on with her life. The actual tasks at hand might not seem very hard: buy groceries, check if a book you ordered has come in and attend a meeting at your college.



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