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Apollo 18+20

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Interactive fiction games, with one game per track on the album Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants. The regular tracks are generally short games. The Fingertips tracks are one-move games (however the authors interpreted that). The games are playable online here at the People's Republic of Interactive Fiction, the main website for the Boston IF interest group. The games are also hosted here for off-line play.

The maker of this list would like to recommend the package as an excellent introduction to interactive fiction for beginners, offering a broad overview of the genre. The one-move games give a good sense of what actions can be done with a parser, and the longer games provide a cross-section of the kinds of stories and puzzles possible in IF. Some of the more complex games have walkthroughs, and nearly all have playthrough transcripts by Club Floyd, useful if you'd like a comparison to your own playthrough (or become extremely stuck). Club Floyd links are provided on each game's listing.

With thanks to everyone who made these!

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1. Dig My Grave
by Ryan Veeder
(2012)
Average member rating: (21 ratings)

2. I Palindrome I, by Nick Montfort (2012)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

3. She's Actual Size, by Jake Eakle (2012)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

4. My Evil Twin
by Carl Muckenhoupt
(2012)
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

5. Mammal
by Joey Jones
(2012)
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

6. The Statue Got Me High
by Ryan Veeder
(2012)
Average member rating: (25 ratings)

7. Spider
by Andrew Schultz
(2012)
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

8. The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight), by Jason B. Alonso, Catherine Havasi, and Val Grimm (2012)
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

9. Dinner Bell
by Jenni Polodna
(2012)
Average member rating: (40 ratings)

10. Narrow Your Eyes
by Ben Collins-Sussman and Jack Welch
(2012)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

11. Hall of Heads
by Dan Efran, 'Becca Stallings
(2012)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

12. Which Describes How You're Feeling, by Adam Parrish (2012)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

13. See the Constellation, by ed blair (2012)
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

14. If I Wasn't Shy
by Joey Jones
(2012)
Average member rating: (9 ratings)

15. Turn Around
by Andrew Schultz
(2012)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

16. Hypnotist of Ladies, by David Cornelson (2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

17. Fingertips: Everything Is Catching On Fire
by E. Joyce
(2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

18. Fingertips: Fingertips, by Michael D. Hilborn (2012)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

19. Fingertips: I Hear the Wind Blow
by Jacqueline A. Lott
(2012)
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

20. Fingertips: Hey Now, Everybody
by Melvin Rangasamy
(2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

21. Fingertips: Who's That Standing Out The Window?
by Melvin Rangasamy
(2012)
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

22. Fingertips: I Found a New Friend
by Adri
(2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

23. Fingertips: Come On and Wreck My Car, by Paul Laroquod (2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

24. Fingertips: Aren't You the Guy Who Hit Me in the Eye?, by Michael D. Hilborn (2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

25. Fingertips: Please Pass the Milk Please
by Adri
(2012)
Average member rating: (9 ratings)

26. Fingertips: Leave Me Alone, by Kevin Jackson-Mead (2012)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

27. Fingertips: Who's Knockin' On The Wall?
by Melvin Rangasamy
(2012)
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

28. Fingertips: All Alone
by Joey Jones
(2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

29. Fingertips: What's That Blue Thing Doing Here?
by Ruth Alfasso
(2012)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

30. Fingertips: Something Grabbed Ahold of My Hand
by Melvin Rangasamy
(2012)
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

31. Fingertips: I don't understand you
by Matt Weiner
(2012)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

32. Fingertips: I Heard a Sound
by Kevin Jackson-Mead
(2012)
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

33. Fingertips: Mysterious Whispers
by Peter Nepstad
(2012)
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

34. Fingertips: The Day That Love Came To Play
by S. John Ross
(2012)
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

35. Fingertips: I'm Having a Heart Attack
by Andrew Schultz
(2012)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

36. Fingertips: Fingertips (Reprise)
by Melvin Rangasamy
(2012)
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

37. Fingertips: I Walk Along Darkened Corridors
by Andrew Schultz
(2012)
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

38. Space Suit
by Andrew Schultz
(2012)
Average member rating: (2 ratings)


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