I have a very rough draft of my first IF game, written in Inform 7, called “What Heart Heard Of, Ghost Guessed.” It’s a gothic family horror with about 20 locations. It contains violence, child abuse, and is generally pretty grim. It has a nonstandard verb set, so aside from “examine”, the player has to discover the actions they can take as the game progresses.
I have only been able to find 2 people to play through it, and they both found game-breaking bugs, so I have to assume that there will be abundant issues with it. I’m sorry to ask folks to play such a rough version, but depressingly, nearly everyone I know seems to hate IF, which makes me really, really sad.
It also means that I really have no idea how long it will take to play this, as both my players spent a lot of time pointing out problems and writing me feedback during their play and never finished in their first runs due to game-breaking bugs. It takes me 8 minutes to plug in the correct commands to win the game, but I suppose if any of the puzzles are actually difficult to solve, it might take a good long while. It’s very wordy, so a lot of reading.
If anyone is willing to play, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’d really appreciate the help- I know how much work it is to beta test any game, let alone one so rough. I’m willing to send just the release, or the code, or whatever works.