I reckon I’ve played enough to have grounds for one of these.
Excalibur, the fan wiki for a short-lived seventies BBC science fiction show. Loved it; felt almost custom-made to pander to the crucial me-demographic.
detailsAt risk of definition wars, I'll note it could be said to be hypertext fiction more than interactive fiction per se. But that's less interesting than that I had a really good time slowly assembing a picture of the intertwined stories of the show, its production, and its fandom.
Baggage. Provocative concept.
detailsNever could cut through the bramble, though, despite having the prerequisites I'd been made aware of: this seemed to be a bug.
Mean Mother Trucker. Enjoyed the characters and narrative voice. I wasn’t able to finish.
detailsBuggy and confusing, unfortunately. It can get mixed up about whether the guard dog is blocking you; you can get the armadillo without an implement. The world feels incompletely realized, with lots of "you can't see any such thing" for things mentioned that sounded relevant, "buy" gets "Nothing is on sale" inside the store where the text talks about things for sale, etc. I got to a point where I couldn't even figure out what the next obstacle was supposed to be.
Points, however, for giving us bubblegum and a stick and not needing to retrieve something you can see below a grate.
Ned Nelson Really Needs a Job. Fun characterization of a bro-from-hell boss.
Picton Murder Whodunnit Slight but with interesting use of tech: simulated voices for the characters.
Take the Dog Out Fun premise and voice.
detailsAn apparent bug was very frustrating though: I spent a long time in the state of holding the leash, being told the leash was attached to the collar (and the collar was on the dog), leaving the house, and... the dog not being there. It finally worked and I don't even know which of the things I did while flailing around made the difference.
Manikin Demo (Back Garden). Simulated phone-text-conversation game in which you’re texting with your Mom as she investigates a possible murder. Enjoyed the setting and voice and will definitely want to check out the final game.
So I Was Short of Cash and Took on a Quest (Back Garden). Promising quick puzzler.