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Recs for Ben and Amy

Recommendations by Leland Paul (Swarthmore, PA)

Recommendations for play-aloud IF for a roadtrip.

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1. Lost Pig
by Admiral Jota
(2007)
Average member rating: (340 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

The game that stole the community's collective heart the year before Violet. Similarly cute.

2. Child's Play
by Stephen Granade
(2006)
Average member rating: (43 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

Babies! Devious ones, at that.

3. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (314 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

A one-room psychological thriller, more or less.

4. Metamorphoses
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (93 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

My introduction to Emily Short. Beautiful and fun to experiment with.

5. Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home
by Andrew Plotkin
(2010)
Average member rating: (67 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

Easy and short, good for a breather.

6. Delightful Wallpaper
by Andrew Plotkin ('Edgar O. Weyrd')
(2006)
Average member rating: (63 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

A puzzle-based game (unlike the other Plotkin on this list), but less challenging than some of his work and wonderfully Gorey.

7. Bronze
by Emily Short
(2006)
Average member rating: (193 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

A Beauty & the Beast retelling, with lots of bells. Big world with lots to explore. A tad challenging.

8. Blue Lacuna
by Aaron A. Reed
(2008)
Average member rating: (86 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

Enormous, sprawling. Not my favorite work, but it does contain what I think are a few of the most effective moments in IF so far. Possibly a little tricky to do as read-aloud.

9. Losing Your Grip
by Stephen Granade
(1998)
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

Leland Paul says:

Hard! Middle-period IF, a psychological thriller. The game that got me into IF in the first place.

10. So Far, by Andrew Plotkin (1996)
Average member rating: (63 ratings)
Leland Paul says:

Hard! Middle-period IF, crazy-quilt adventure. Still one of my favorite works.


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