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Games with Toys - an IFDB Poll

by IFforL2
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I want to distinguish four IF game elements: Puzzles require the player to find a solution to a problem in the narrative. If she can't find a solution, she's stuck. Branching allows the player to steer the plot of the narrative. Role-play allows the player to control character traits/abilities of the narrative's player character.

Toys, the focus of this poll, allow the player to, well... 'toy,' or generally monkey around, with a particular element of the game without punishments or decisive effects. I submit Lost Pig by Admiral Jota, Metamorphoses by Emily Short, and The Island of Doctor Wooby by Ryan Veeder as prime examples of games with toys. All three works include freely manipulable props. Lost Pig also includes a well-implemented and forgiving conversational NPC.

So what other toys have you enjoyed experimenting with? Please include the in-game name and in-game location of the toy in your comments.

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Suveh Nux, by David Fisher
3 votes
"The magical language allows much freedom" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Mary Jane of Tomorrow, by Emily Short
2 votes
"The heart of the..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

IFforL2 says: This is really helpful as an example of a game where toys are possible without complicated parser commands.

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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"The gadgets let you do quite a bit" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
2 votes
"The..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Metamorphoses, by Emily Short
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box, by Arthur DiBianca
2 votes
"One big toy" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Monster Maker, by Adri ("Erin Gigglecreek")
1 vote
"Play dress-up!" [+]...

IFforL2 says: Buggy and poorly implemented.

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Friendly Foe, by Mike Sousa
1 vote
"Lot's of objects..." [+]...

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The Magic Toyshop, by Gareth Rees
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

IFforL2 says: I'm not sure a puzzlefest counts as a toy. There seems to be only one correct thing to do with each object, and no satisfaction comes from messing around, except the satisfaction of eliminating wrong options. I'll keep tinkering, though.

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Beta Tester, by Darren Ingram
1 vote
"Lots of them,..." [+]...

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Color the Truth, by mathbrush
1 vote
"The recording studio" [+]...

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A Bear's Night Out, by David Dyte
1 vote
"guess it fits the definition" [+]...

IFforL2 says: The ball and the cat in the living room have some toying option, I suppose. Playing the role of a teddybear is not what I mean by a toy.

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Rogue of the Multiverse, by C.E.J. Pacian
1 vote
"Buy accessories..." [+]...

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Chlorophyll, by Steph Cherrywell
1 vote
"Two functional..." [+]...

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Beautiful Frog, by Porpentine
1 vote
"Another "one big toy" as Robin Johnson put it." [+]...

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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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The Island of Doctor Wooby, by Ryan Veeder
1 vote
"Living dinosaur dolls and other things to play around with." [+]...

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Which Describes How You're Feeling, by Adam Parrish
1 vote
"a rhyming game, similar to a road-trip game" [+]...

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Endure, by Emily Short
1 vote
"Play around with translations to your heart's content." [+]...

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