IF Comp 2015 Guest Post: Duncan Stevens on Map

map coverThis post is part of an ongoing project to bring more voices to the IF Comp conversation. I have been reaching out to players and authors who aren’t part of the intfiction community, and also to some veteran intfiction denizens who might not have time to cover the whole comp but who are likely to have especially useful feedback in particular areas.

Here Duncan Stevens, one of the prolific reviewers of IF in the late-90s newsgroups, takes a look at Map.

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IF Comp 2015: Map (Ade McT)

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The 21st annual Interactive Fiction Competition is currently on, through mid-November. Voting is open to the general public; the only prerequisite is that you not be an author, not vote on games that you tested, and submit votes on at least five games. (You emphatically do not have to have played them all! In a year with 55 entrants, it is very unlikely that most judges will get through anywhere near all of them.)

Map is a puzzleless parser game by Ade McT. I played it to three different endings, using a midgame save. Though I wasn’t timing myself, I would estimate that this took a bit over an hour over multiple play sessions.

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