I’ve been working on a game in third-person, and though I like how it’s going, I realized that I’ve never actually played a third-person parser game. Anyone have any recommendations?
It’s probably not comprehensive, but there is this tag on IFDB:
Here is one by the Pixie: The House on Highfield Lane
The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen, by Ryan Veeder, springs to mind. It’s a great game for New Year’s Eve season. The sequel is going to be released soon, too.
This IFDB poll lists games with first- and third-person narrators. Not sure how it overlaps with Mike’s list:
Tommy Herbert’s Bellclap plays with the “triangle of identities” of parser games. You, the player, are a god; the main character you issue commands to is a lost worshipper, described in the third person; and the parser itself—the “character” that asks you what to do and reports on what is happening—is an intermediary angel.
You might take a look at Crystal and Stone, Beetle and Bone by Jenny Brennan.