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Spike

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Member since February 22, 2017
Last visited December 10, 2019
Profile ID (TUID): apv38ctfm26u7ac3

Played Zork and half the Infocom catalog in the 80s as a teenager. Played some AGT games in the 90s and the original Adventure in the mid-2000s. Recently decided to try Curses!, was impressed, and lately have been trying to catch up on 25 years of IF.

I tend to like large games with well-crafted puzzles.

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Interactive Fiction by Spike

A Beauty Cold and Austere, by Mike Spivey (2017)
(31 ratings)
That survey course in conceptual mathematics seemed like a good idea at the start of the term - no graded homework, no midterm exams - just an oral final at the end. But now that final is tomorrow...

Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, Adam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenløv, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Shin, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson (2018)
(9 ratings)
A tribute to Anchorhead.

Junior Arithmancer, by Mike Spivey (2018)
(29 ratings)
A one-to-many-room puzzler.

Sugarlawn, by Mike Spivey (2019)
(10 ratings)
With a loud "click," the door closes behind you. Finally! You are locked inside an antebellum Southern mansion, alone, wearing only a chicken costume. You've fantasized about this moment for years.

Recommended Lists by Spike

A Year on IFDB: The games that have stayed with me - 12 items   February 14, 2018
About a year ago I discovered post-AGT interactive fiction. Since then I've played a lot of great IF games. This list consists of the...

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Polls by Spike

Educational IF - 30 votes for 18 games; created July 7, 2019
Several of us are interested in using IF for education, both in the classroom as well as more broadly. The purpose of this poll is to...

I Am You: Games involving possession of another character - 9 votes for 7 games; created December 14, 2018
Three games I've played in the past couple of months have featured the PC's ability to possess other characters as a primary or secondary...

Choice-based puzzlefests - 16 votes for 12 games; created November 22, 2018
I enjoy games with lots of good puzzles, but so far nearly all the ones I've played have a parser-based interface. This poll is to help...

Great games that consist of a single puzzle - 30 votes for 18 games; created June 15, 2018
I'm looking for well-designed and challenging games that revolve around solving a single puzzle. The puzzle may have multiple parts, but...

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Reviews by Spike

Pirateship, by Robin Johnson   December 11, 2019
"Pirateship is a lighthearted, pirate-themed puzzle comedy with the feel of a classic parser game. It's not technically a parser game..." - See the full review

Skybreak!, by William Dooling   November 28, 2019
"Skybreak! is a huge space exploration-and-trading game, with RPG elements and multiple win states. You can explore star systems; mine..." - See the full review

Dungeon Detective 2: Devils and Details, by Wonaglot   November 28, 2019
"My biggest critique of last year's Dungeon Detective was that I wanted more game to play, which is really more of a compliment than a..." - See the full review

Language Arts, by Jared Jackson   November 27, 2019
"Language Arts is a deep, systematic puzzle game. Gameplay has you learning a collection of increasingly-complicated rules to solve a..." - See the full review

80 DAYS, by inkle, Meg Jayanth   July 1, 2019
"80 DAYS is an interactive, steampunk retelling of Jules Verne's classic 1873 novel Around the World in 80 Days. You play as Passepartout,..." - See the full review

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Played Games

Pirateship, by Robin Johnson
Skybreak!, by William Dooling
Dungeon Detective 2: Devils and Details, by Wonaglot
Language Arts, by Jared Jackson
Renegade Brainwave, by J. J. Guest

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Wish List

Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
Gourmet, by Aaron A. Reed and Chad Barb
Distress, by Mike Snyder
Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian
Aotearoa, by Matt Wigdahl

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