More from the 2007 IF Competition.
This is weird, then more weird, then more weird; I find myself thinking of Neil Stephenson sometimes, and sometimes China Mieville, and just occasionally Dark City.
There is some kind of abstruse IF-related in-joke going on here, too, which puts me off: I have developed a terrible allergy to self-conscious in-joke-y IF over the years, and now very much value games that do not make any reference, however obscure, to the White House, to Infocom properties, to Floyd or XYZZY or the Generic Adventurer, or to the process of writing IF. Sometimes these jokes and postures are funny, but I am tired of them, and eager to see some IF sufficiently secure in what it wants to say that it doesn’t have to spend time positioning itself with respect to the rest of the artform. I know this is an entirely personal opinion.
At some point, which I think is probably not very far into the game, I got completely stuck. There is no walkthrough. I have not yet even fully understood the premise.