Victor GijsbersThe Netherlands
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Member since December 30, 2007
Last visited May 25, 2016
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I have authored The Baron, Fate, Figaro, most of The Art of Fugue, The Game Formerly Known as Hidden Nazi Mode, 'Mid the Sagebrush and the Cactus and Kerkerkruip. I have also written a large Inform 7 extension called ATTACK.
A note on my ratings: I am mapping stars, numerical values and prose evaluations onto each other in roughly the following way.
1 star = 1 - 4 numerical rating = a bad game; not worth playing.
2 stars = 5 - 6 numerical rating = either does something interesting, but in flawed way; or is solid but unremarkable; worth playing if the premise interests you.
3 stars = 7 - 8 numerical rating = an interesting and solid game that nevertheless lacks something that would make it a thoroughly successful work of art; definitely worth playing, but not 'must play'.
4 stars = 9 numerical rating = a great game, that shines is almost every way; a 'must play'.
5 stars = 10 numerical rating = a perfect game, a radiant example of what interactive fiction is capable of; something to play and replay and replay again. (It might well be the case that no IF had been written yet which I would give 5 stars.)
I am aware that my ratings are generally lower than those of other reviewers, but this (I think) is because (a) I am reserving 5 stars for games that are truly awe-inspiring, in the sense that the greatest of literature or music is awe-inspiring, and (b) I think it is more useful to discriminate among good games than among bad games. (Whether a game is bad or very bad is not interesting: in either case, you shouldn't play it.) So if I give you two stars, that might well be the equivalent of someone else giving you 3 stars. It should all balance out in the long run. :)
Interactive Fiction by Victor Gijsbers
|'Mid the Sagebrush and the Cactus, by Victor Gijsbers (2010)|
They shot you in the leg, the sheriff or one of his men, but you still managed to get away. You always manage to get away. And while they're off pursuing you to, who knows, perhaps Colorado, you...
|The Art of Fugue, by Victor Gijsbers, Jimmy Maher, Dorte Lassen, and Johan (2010)|
A pure story-less puzzle game featuring logical puzzles based on the idea of the fugue: your commands are performed by four different actors, but with increasing delays. The version with music...
|De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers (2006)|
|Fate, by Victor Gijsbers (2007)|
|Figaro, by Victor Gijsbers (2007)|
A short example game created to accompany the essay "Co-Authorship and Community". It gives the player a kind of freedom that is not seen in any other interactive fiction: the freedom to determine...
|The Game Formerly Known as Hidden Nazi Mode, by Victor Gijsbers (2010)|
The Game Formerly Known as Hidden Nazi Mode was, in fact, formerly known as Hidden Nazi Mode. As such it was a failed experiment, detailed in the accompanying essay. In this release the Nazi mode...
|Kerkerkruip, by Victor Gijsbers (2011)|
Kerkerkruip is a short-form roguelike in the interactive fiction medium, featuring meaningful tactical and strategic depth, innovative game play, zero grinding, and a sword & sorcery setting that...
Nemesis Macana, by Herman Schudspeer, Victor Gijsbers (2012)
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Polls by Victor Gijsbers
Games with "logical" puzzles - 43 votes for 23 games; created October 6, 2009
Reviews by Victor Gijsbers
Tonight Dies the Moon, by Tom McHenry July 31, 2015
CAPITALISM: The Role Playing Game, by Soda51 July 30, 2015
Priapism, by Soda51 July 30, 2015
Garden of Steven, by Soda51 July 30, 2015
Victor Gijsbers's Play Lists
Played GamesAll Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
And the Pursuit of Happiness, by Soda51
Tonight Dies the Moon, by Tom McHenry
Horse Master, by Tom McHenry
Aisle, by Sam Barlow
Wish ListDoomed Xycanthus, by Eric Mayer
Eschew as if you were She, by W. M. Wellman
ULTRA BUSINESS TYCOON III, by Porpentine
The Entropy Cage, by Stormrose
The Volunteer Firefighter, by Stefanie Handshaw