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Member since February 22, 2017
Last visited November 10, 2018
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)
(24 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...

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

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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

Great games that consist of a single puzzle - 23 votes for 15 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

The Wizard Sniffer, by Buster Hudson   November 16, 2017
"Writing farce is like a figure skater launching into a spin: It’s easy to overdo it or underdo it just a little and spoil the effect...." - See the full review

The Hermit's Secret, by Temple Software   November 4, 2017
"The Hermit's Secret is an early 1980s Colossal Cave knockoff: find the treasures, put them in the right place, magic words, someone who..." - See the full review

Mrs. Crabtree's Geography Class, by Andrew Schultz   August 2, 2017
"I recently showed this game to my nine-year-old son. He had a lot of fun with it, spending a couple of hours playing it over a few..." - See the full review

GiantKiller, by Peter D. Killworth   April 10, 2017
"I was pleasantly surprised by this game. (I wasn't expecting much: a non-Infocom game from the 80s with an educational focus.) Yes, the..." - See the full review

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Spike's Play Lists

Played Games

Curse of the Garden Isle, by Ryan Veeder
To Hell in a Hamper, by J. J. Guest
Photopia, by Adam Cadre
Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
Rematch, by Andrew D. Pontious

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Wish List

Night of Nights, by Grim
Yak Shaving for Kicks and Giggles!, by J. J. Guest
The Weapon, by Sean Barrett
Fifteen Minutes, by Ade McT
Möbius, by J.D. Clemens

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