In your opinions, of course. I’ve played a fair number, and I suppose I would have to put the People’s Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure tops so far. The puzzles are classic style, but there is some ingenuity there, and while I have seen it described at as not as funny as it thinks, I think it’s exactly as funny as it thinks… I think.
Anyway, I found it amusing. I felt at first like I was going to be exposed to a political screed in lampooning caricature form, but I found it didn’t really take itself seriously enough to engage that with any bitterness, and of course in the endgame…
The People’s Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure…the caricatures are shifted to the other side of the political spectrum.
So I felt it it was a rather consummate execution of the type of adventure and humour that it was setting out to be, which is not a bad type at all. I had fun. It worked on both levels for me of interactive engagement and artifice. I have seen others say that it didn’t work for them on either level, but go figure.
The other main contender was Aotearoa, which I really enjoyed once I finally managed to get off that boat. A friend and I both got hung up on something that I think wasn’t really intended to be a puzzle, but rather…
Aotearoa…a requirement that you read all the introductory information in your inventory in order to trigger the storyline to actually begin. It fazed him a bit more than it did me, and I sort of saw it as a bug or possibly unintentionally stumping. We both enjoyed the first half of the game thereafter, but in the second half it really turned in a certain direction to generate narrative excitement, it seems, but it narrowed the interest of the puzzles for me. And I also prefer the workings of the Graham Nelson’s Rideable Animal extension to the somewhat unwieldy dino-riding verbs that dominated the second half of the game.
But I did love the command line innovations, like just typing dialogue topics to talk to people (at least once conversation is initiated). I so rarely find dialogue systems a comfortable fit but this was a pretty good exception. And just typing the names of things to examine them and leaving out the verb altogether, that was cool too. Where else was that used – was it Blue Lacuna?
So those are probably the top two so far in my books, with honourable mention to The Warbler’s Nest.
Ones I have enjoyed in some ways but haven’t finished enough to really judge yet:
One Eye Open
Pen and Paint
The 12:54 to Asgard
Ones I have yet to try:
The Bible Retold: Lost Sheep
Following a Star
Gris et Jaune
Under, In Erebus
The Rogue of the Multiverse
Which of that last group should I definitely check out before the deadline?