The Interactive Fiction Competition ran from October 1 to November 15, and now that it’s finished and the results have been announced, I thought it might be nice to post on this forum about the two ChoiceScript games among its 82 entries.
First, there’s Each-uisge by Jac Colvin, which placed 28th. It’s a short game – about 30 minutes long – about a teenager and a horse that may or may not be a dangerous and demonic creature. You could technically call it horror, and there are some tense moments, but it’s not very dark or gory. There are several endings, and the game keeps a handy list of achievements for if you want to experience all the paths through the game.
Then, there is my own game Turandot, which placed 2nd. It’s a substantially longer game – about 2 hours – in which you play a young nobleman who falls head over heels in love with a murderous princess. (The story is lightly based on Puccini’s opera Turandot, but you don’t need to know the opera to understand the game.) I should probably stress that this game is not much like a typical CoG game: it’s quite linear, the protagonist cannot be customised, and you might not want to ‘own’ everything that he does – unless you think falling in love with murderous princesses is a good idea! Turandot also comes with content warnings: sex, sexism, abuse, suicide, death, homophobia, xenophobia. It’s certainly not an unrelentingly dark story, far from it, but it does go into some dark places.
I hope you enjoy these new ChoiceScript pieces; and of course, you can also check out the other 80 games in the comp! Some of them are parser-based, which may be a hurdle to some, but there are also many high-ranking choice-based games. In the top 10 of the competition, you’ll find the excellent puzzle game Chuk and the Arena, the very interesting story of a young human in a land of giant insects Heretic’s Hope, the weird sexy murder mystery robotsexpartymurder, the beautiful little horror game Night Guard / Morning Star and a very fun game told entirely in Limericks, Limerick Heist. Have fun!