The ShuffleComp results are in, with the top third of the games earning “commended” status.
I didn’t get to play all of the works during the competition period itself. There were 33 games, as many as in a typical IF Comp, with a shorter play window, and while some of the games were little five-minute pieces, many of them were surprisingly involved.
Fifty Shades of Jilting is an Aisle-style take on Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover. The concept is a natural fit. The execution struggled a bit, at least for my experience, with some plausible verbs not covered (and I kept wanting to be able to use lyrics from the actual song as commands). I have the impression that the author may intend a post-comp release, though.
Bound is a tidy little puzzle about trying to get a stuck ring off your finger. As that premise might suggest, it doesn’t go very deep in the story direction. As a puzzle, it worked fine for me. Some reviewers talked about needing to replay, but I was (just) able to solve it in the first try.
Illuminate has a really cool concept, which is that you can manipulate some paintings to give more or less attention to particular aspects of the image. Interacting with a pictured chair or face or flagpole brings out new details.
There are lots of permutations to explore, though, and many of them aren’t immediately obviously rewarding on their own — that is, they give you just a little more information, but not so much that you feel like you’ve definitely gotten somewhere. I kept fiddling with it for a while, but didn’t feel like I was reaching any sort of conclusion or discovering a definitive meaning from any of this interaction. So for me this could have used a more directed design, even accepting that it’s meant to feel toylike.
Monkey and Bear is one of the commended pieces that I didn’t manage to get to within the competition period. It’s wholly deserving of its commendation, though: brief but highly evocative, and with a metaphor about healthy and unhealthy relationships at its heart. It both builds beautifully on the inspiration of the original song and adds some new, fitting elements of its own.