IFComp 2015

IFComp is reaching the end of its judging period–if you want to rate games, you have 24 hours left. And since you need to rank at least 5 games for your votes to count, here are my top 5 recommendations. (Disclaimer: I did not play all the games, and recommendations are subject to my personal taste.)

  1. Midnight. Swordfight. : If you only play one IFComp entry this year, make it this one. Unconventional structure, rich and bizarre imagery, and multiple endings to unlock. Just go play it so I don’t have to come up with a description that does it justice.
  2. Brain Guzzlers From Beyond! : This one, on the other hand, is more silly and fun. But execution is everything, and it’s well-designed, well-written silly fun.
  3. Scarlet Sails : I may be unduly influenced here by my love of pirates, but… yeah, pirates.
  4. Cape : If you’re a fan of Daredevil, this is probably for you.
  5. Map : Unusual combination of parser-style exploration with a choice-based story about changing the past.

Also recommended: Arcane Intern (Unpaid), Grandma Bethlinda’s Variety Box, Untold Riches.

Or if you don’t want to take my word for it, here are some reviews.

Edit: Results are in! Congratulations to Brain Guzzlers From Beyond on taking first place!

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