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Victor Gijsbers

The Netherlands

Top 10 Reviewer
Member since December 30, 2007
Last visited September 18, 2018
Profile ID (TUID): fzkruakfu53h20do

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, Kerkerkruip and Nemesis Macana. 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 to 4 numerical rating = a bad game; not worth playing.

2 stars = 5 to 6 numerical rating = either does something interesting, but in flawed way; or is solid but truly unremarkable; might be worth playing if the premise interests you.

3 stars = 6,5 to 8- numerical rating = an interesting and solid game that nevertheless lacks something that would make it thoroughly successful; definitely worth playing, but not 'must play'.

4 stars = 8 to 9 numerical rating = a very good or great game that shines in almost every way.

5 stars = 9+ to 10 numerical rating = an (almost) perfect game, a fantastic example of what interactive fiction is capable of; something to play and replay.

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Interactive Fiction by Victor Gijsbers

'Mid the Sagebrush and the Cactus, by Victor Gijsbers (2010)
(16 ratings)
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)
(5 ratings)
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)
(134 ratings)

Fate, by Victor Gijsbers (2007)
(40 ratings)

Figaro, by Victor Gijsbers (2007)
(12 ratings)
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)
(22 ratings)
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)
(48 ratings)
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)
(12 ratings)

Standing in front of a London brothel with the clear intent to enter, our protagonist's future may seem dark and foreboding. But perhaps an unexpected and life-changing experience is waiting for...

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Innovative Interactive Fiction - 7 items   January 2, 2008
Much Interactive Fiction, and some of the best, quite obviously descends from Zork and other early Infocom text adventures. But some of...

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Polls by Victor Gijsbers

The great puzzlefests - 33 votes for 20 games; created August 9, 2018
Playing Curses!, I started wondering which games belong to the canon of great puzzlefests. With this term I mean puzzle based games that...

Villains - 22 votes for 11 games; created September 1, 2010
"[T]he thief [in Zork] is important to the development of interactive fiction because he functions as a true villain, not simply an...

Games with "logical" puzzles - 49 votes for 23 games; created October 6, 2009
Some puzzles--like chess problems or sudokus--can be difficult even though you know all the rules. I'm looking for IF games with this...

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Reviews by Victor Gijsbers

Rape, Pillage, Makane!, by Chandler Groover   August 16, 2018
"From a misogynist adolescent to a fun-loving Roman to the victim of a self-important sex-hater, Stiffy Makane is surely the IF character..." - See the full review

Earth and Sky, by Paul O'Brian   August 15, 2018
"I'm not, in general, a fan of superheroes; but I can be persuaded to like them. I really enjoyed the Lego Batman Movie, for instance, and..." - See the full review

Superluminal Vagrant Twin, by C.E.J. Pacian   July 29, 2018
"In Superluminal Vagrant Twin, you explore the galaxy as you attempt to collect enough cash to rescue your twin. The game's main selling..." - See the full review

Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian   July 29, 2018
"You are Gun Mute, and your friend Elias is about to be hanged by the evil sheriff. So what's a man to do? You grab your trusty..." - See the full review

Murder Simulator (How To Get Away With Murder), by S.P.A.K.   July 28, 2018
"Murder Simulator is a link-based game -- if that's the right word -- in which you have just stabbed someone to death and now have to hide..." - See the full review

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Victor Gijsbers's Play Lists

Played Games

9:05, by Adam Cadre
IFDB Spelunking, by Joey Jones
Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
The Moonlit Tower, by Yoon Ha Lee
The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin

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Wish List

Winter Storm Draco, by Ryan Veeder
Understudied, by Jonathan Laury
La onzième horde, by Laurent Pendarias
Voices, by Aris Katsaris
Karen's Secret, by goddamusername

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