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Ficção interativa

Recommendations by Emily Short

IF presented so far at the 13ª Jornada Nacional de Literatura in Passo Fundo, 2009.

These works were chosen for a variety of reasons: to illustrate the history of interactive fiction, to teach new players how to interact, to demonstrate unusual features such as graphics, and to show off the literary and pedagogical possibilities of IF. Some I showed off interactively, some I just summarized or illustrated with screenshots.

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1. Adventure
by William Crowther and Donald Woods
(1976)
Average member rating: (73 ratings)

Emily Short says:

The original Adventure game of cave exploration.

2. Zork I
by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
(1980)
Average member rating: (156 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Original work by Infocom, using the idea of cave exploration and fantasy elements from Adventure.

3. Mystery House
by Ken Williams and Roberta Williams
(1980)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

Emily Short says:

A very early game with graphics, by Sierra On-line.

4. Plundered Hearts
by Amy Briggs
(1987)
Average member rating: (47 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Infocom branching out into the romance genre.

5. Photopia
by Adam Cadre
(1998)
Average member rating: (419 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Adam Cadre's classic short story/game of 1998.

6. Aisle
by Sam Barlow
(1999)
Average member rating: (227 ratings)

Emily Short says:

One-move story with different outcomes depending on what the player chooses to do.

7. Rameses
by Stephen Bond
(2000)
Average member rating: (95 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Story of a boy who has trouble communicating with his peers. Shows the struggle between the player and the protagonist. (Note: there is a lot of slang and profanity in this work, so it may be challenging for users in translation.)

8. Galatea
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (233 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Conversation game about talking to an animate statue, with many possible outcomes.

9. Six Stories
by Neil K. Guy
(1999)
Average member rating: (25 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Game with sound and photographic illustrations, resembling a book rather than a graphical adventure game.

10. 1893: A World's Fair Mystery
by Peter Nepstad
(2002)
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

Emily Short says:

A heavily-researched historical setting. Though it has puzzles and a plot, it is partly interactive non-fiction.

11. De Baron
by Victor Gijsbers
(2006)
Average member rating: (129 ratings)

Emily Short says:

A game about a difficult moral situation, asking the player what he would do if he discovered he was a monstrous person. Allows the player to explain his motives as well as giving commands to the game.

12. Bronze
by Emily Short
(2006)
Average member rating: (187 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Interactive adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, with help about how to play.

13. Fate
by Victor Gijsbers
(2007)
Average member rating: (38 ratings)

Emily Short says:

A game challenging the player to make moral choices about how far he is willing to go to protect the protagonist and her child.

14. Everybody Dies
by Jim Munroe
(2008)
Average member rating: (79 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Three different protagonists come together to solve their common problem. Includes novel use of graphics.

15. Ausflug am Wochenende nach München, by Brett Shelton, David Neville, Brian McInnis (2007)
Average member rating: (1 rating)
Emily Short says:

Game developed for German language teaching.

16. Voices of Spoon River
by Jon Scoresby, Tim Stowell, Tom Caswell, Jared Bernotski, Marie Duncan, Marian Jensen, Jennifer Jorgensen, and Brett Shelton
(2006)
Average member rating: (1 rating)

Emily Short says:

Game developed to explore a literary source, for teaching students of English literature.

17. The King of Shreds and Patches
by Jimmy Maher
(2009)
Average member rating: (56 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Adaptation of a Call of Cthulhu module for IF, with an interactive map tracking progress.

18. Alabaster
by John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, Ziv Wities
(2009)
Average member rating: (92 ratings)

Emily Short says:

Conversation-based adaptation of the Snow White story, with illustrations.


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