Now in its 22nd year, IFComp (The Interactive Fiction Competition) is
an annual celebration of new text-based games. We covered last year’s competition in a pair of episodes last October, and this year we’re back with our first impression of this year’s entries.

This is IFComp’s biggest year yet, with 58 games competing. All of them are available to play for free on the IFComp website. This episode was recorded on only 2 days after the start of the competition. We share our thoughts on the games we have tried so far, and note some exciting looking games we’ll be trying before the competition concludes in November.

Last year’s episodes:
The Short Game 61: IFComp 2015
The Short Game 63: More IFComp 2015

Rules for the competition

Played and Discussed:

Detectiveland by Robin Johnson
The Queen’s Menagerie by Chandler Groover
Mirror and Queen by Chandler Groover
Blue Cactus Motel by Astrid Dalmady
The Game of Worlds TOURNAMENT! by Ade
Pogoman Go! by Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman
16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds by Abigail Corfman
Fair by Hanon Andresek


Stuff and Nonsense by Felicity Banks
Black Rock City by Jim Munroe
Evermore by Adam Whybray and Edgar Allan Poe
The Shoe Dept. by Aquanet
Color the Truth by Mathbrush

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