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Doug's Top Ten of IF Comp 2015

Recommendations by Doug Orleans (Somerville, MA, USA)

I played all 53 entries in IF Comp 2016. These were the top ten games on my ballot.

Note that I rate games on slightly different criteria for the IF Comp than I do for IFDB; in particular, as per the Comp rules, I select my vote after playing a game for no more than 2 hours, and thus I tend to dock a point or two from games if I feel like there's significantly more to the game than what I experienced in 2 hours.

In practice this means that, outside of the Comp context, I would have rated Sub Rosa in 4th place (up from 16th), and moved Brain Guzzlers up to 5th place. Sub Rosa is a great game, but way too long for the Comp-- after 2 hours I had 0 of 7 secrets! I got closer to finishing Brain Guzzlers during the Comp, but I went to the walkthrough a few more times than I would have wanted to if I weren't under a time constraint (and even then still didn't finish in 2 hours). I also might have rated Koustrea's Contentment in the top 10 (up from 20th place), but I still haven't gone back to finish that one...

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1. Final Exam
by Jack Whitham
(2015)
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

2. Midnight. Swordfight.
by Chandler Groover
(2015)
Average member rating: (35 ratings)

3. Untold Riches
by Jason Ermer
(2015)
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

4. Map
by Ade McT
(2015)
Average member rating: (22 ratings)

5. Darkiss! Wrath of the Vampire - Chapter 1: the Awakening
by Marco Vallarino
(2015)
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

6. Arcane Intern (Unpaid)
by Astrid Dalmady
(2015)
Average member rating: (27 ratings)

7. Brain Guzzlers from Beyond!
by Steph Cherrywell
(2015)
Average member rating: (44 ratings)

8. Ether
by MathBrush
(2015)
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

9. Duel
by piato
(2015)
Average member rating: (14 ratings)

10. To Burn in Memory
by Orihaus
(2015)
Average member rating: (6 ratings)


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