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I’ve played 30 of the 58 games in the competition this year. I hope to play and rate all of them. These are my personal favourites so far:

Choice

Stuff and Nonsense

The Little Lifeform That Could

Thaxted Havershill And the Golden Wombat

Cactus Blue Motel

16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds

Parser

Color the Truth

The Game of Worlds TOURNAMENT!

Hill Ridge Lost & Found

Zigamus: Zombies at Vigamus

Ariadne in Aeaea

The Inform Interactive Fiction 2013 competition has begun! Interactive fiction is typically a story where (instead of pressing “next page”) you make choices to advance the story. You might type instructions to the protagonist “GIVE RING TO JULIET” or choose an option from a menu. After you make a choice the story tells you what happens next. There might be a good ending or a bad ending depending on your choices.

 

There are thirty five games available to play now. After you played a game you can vote for it (give it a rating out of 10 where 10 is the best) – the votes are added up and after the judging period the games are ranked. You’re supposed to play at least five before voting. In the past, I scoffed at people who couldn’t find the time to play all (or most) of the entries but now all my free time is full so I understand.

Last year I wrote reviews on IFDB hoping to promote the competition but there weren’t any more voters.