Hello! I didn’t submit a game to IFComp this year because I
procrastinated was concerned that, with the growing number of entries, each individual entry wouldn’t get the attention from reviewers that it deserved. So to help solve the other side of that problem, I’ll be writing up some reviews of IFComp games!
Quick background on me: I’m a computer programmer, and English was my worst subject in school. (That and art.) More than anything, I like IFComp entries that try new things with their technical implementation, really polish the heck out of their user interfaces, or remind me of technology from the years 1985-2010.
I’ll be looking at some combination of totally random entries and entries that I think look interesting. If there’s a particular game that you’d like to look at, please feel free to let me know!
(The reviews below contain my general thoughts about the game. If you’re interested in my actual scores, I have devised a punchcard-based system that I’ll be adding games to as I review them. I am especially interested in game recommendations that might help me fill in the frowny-faces on the spreadsheet.)
There’s also a “Back” link on every page that undoes your last choice, which is helpful from a gameplay standpoint, but it does occasionally create awkward situations where your choices are “Return” or “Back”. (Didn’t Twine used to support using the browser back button to undo choices? That might’ve worked a little better…)
It doesn’t anymore, or at least not automatically, which is too bad. Thank you for pointing out the issue with the wording, though! I’ve just uploaded a version with the text of the link changed to “Undo.”
Having now played six of this year’s entries, I think I’m starting to figure out what I’m actually looking for in an IFComp game. I’ve taken a swing at making a spreadsheet with my scores: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bvigoaGIf9Fz2Xm0srL82tUkGYZ-qLiuuioDdK7sLfs/edit
I have no clue if the scoring system I’ve come up with actually works, so I might end up re-jiggering it later.
Thanks for reviewing! The PC fonts come from this awesome place. I used the 9-column VGA font for the homepage and the 8-column for the doc viewer, as I think it looked a bit better.