IF Archive Hugo Downloads

Kent Tessman posted an interesting bit of trivia about the top downloads at the Interactive Fiction Archive (http://www.ifarchive.org/). The post, which some may already have seen, is here:


I7: Procedurally connected map?
Changing gender rules
I7: What are lists?
Workbench Woes
Coding Task - Footprints
To Comazombie
[I7] Phrases involving kinds
Determining where backdrops are
Not-Quite-A-Review: Gamlet (2004)
Glk zero-size windows; character input in graphics windows
"printing the name" rule side effects happen 2x? [resolved]
[i7] Generating a random map at start of play
Help tracking down Spring Thing alumni
Hyperlinks: pasting partial commands next to the >
Trouble With Real Time Delays
Outlining and Planning
Menus cause a crash when you click a hyperlink
Raik - Full Edition
Text colour effects for the glulx target
Inform 7 release 6M62
Inform 7 release 6M62
Referring to parts of a person using "his" and "her"
AI for IF games – question about different kinds of IF games
Inform 7 release 6M62
Inform 7 release 6M62
Changing background/text color during play?
Improve discussion by posting reviews one thread per game
Kingkiller Chronicle
Glk & Terps, open dialog, mostly Inform 7
New builds of Gargoyle for MacOS, please test
Issue with Printing the name of...
My IFComp Reviews
General overall discussion
Is it right to judge hypertext games...?
N00b having problems.
Routing specific text to a second window.
New Scott Adams format interpreter "PerlScott"
[i7] Game pane blank after successful compile
Random Map Generation Using Random Walks
Moral Premise: Trinity Reimagined
Quixe: limit on output length in a single turn?
Don't get too excited yet, but...
Room & Dimension Version 2 (Need betatesters)

That’s pretty interesting. I think the only Hugo game I’ve played so far is “Distress,” and the only game on the top downloads list that I’ve played is “Curses” (both of which I liked a lot). What are “Fallacy of Dawn,” “Guilty Bastards,” and “LASH” about? Which ones are Hugo? What are your recommendations?

“Fallacy of Dawn” is a game by Robb Sherwin. I’m embarassed to admit I haven’t played it either. “Guilty Bastards” is a mystery by Kent Tessman (creator of Hugo itself). Both feature graphics. Both were written in Hugo. LASH, I’m even less familiar with. It stands for “Local Asynchronous Satellite Hookup” (so says the IF Wiki), and was written by Paul O’Brian. It’s supposed to be really good.

I really ought to play some of these games myself. Generally, I stick to console games (XBox, GC, PS2, DS, whatever), and play IF only around competition time. I’m probably missing a lot of good, classic IF that way.

I find that with so many games to choose from, it’s hard to pick one out to play.

There are various “must play” lists out there. I may hunt around and post a list of them, when I get a chance.

One thing seems a little discouraging, though – and this is a little off the topic. Most of the “highly recommended” IF, or the IF that gets discussed and mentioned frequently, is the older stuff, from IF’s “revival” (mid to late 90’s – maybe 2000 and 2001). It seems more difficult for new authors to really make a mark now, or write a classic game, because there are bodies of work and certain authors that seem to have the market cornered on what’s considered important and relevent today. :frowning:

Is “Fallacy Of Dawn” an adult game? I’m sure I heard someone say that the “fallacy” in the title actually referred to, um, a sexual organ :slight_smile: . Or am I thinking of a completely different game?

I’ve played “Guilty Bastards” - one of the first IF games I played after getting on the internet about five years ago. Damn good game. Never played “LASH” but I’ve heard good things about it.

Fallacy is not AIF. (There is a sex scene, but not really.)