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Spike

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Member since February 22, 2017
Last visited August 8, 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)
(30 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, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson (2018)
(8 ratings)
A tribute to Anchorhead.

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

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 - 27 votes for 17 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 - 7 votes for 6 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 - 11 votes for 9 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 - 28 votes for 17 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

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

Wolfsmoon, by Marco Innocenti   May 22, 2019
"Wolfsmoon advertises itself as an "old-style experience, with all the comforts of 2019." I think that's accurate, as well as the right..." - See the full review

Birmingham IV, by Peter Emery   May 14, 2019
"As other reviews have mentioned, Birmingham IV was originally written using the text adventure design system Quill in the late 1980s but..." - See the full review

Grimnoir, by ProP   March 12, 2019
"Dark background. Sweet jazzy opening music. First person narration. Rain pounding on the windows. Early entrance by a femme fatale… who..." - See the full review

Polish the Glass , by Keltie Wright   March 11, 2019
"Polish the Glass is a medium-length choice-based game with an unusual story. The PC’s mother can’t stop herself from " - See the full review

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Spike's Play Lists

Played Games

Child's Play, by Stephen Granade
Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
80 DAYS, by inkle, Meg Jayanth
9:05, by Adam Cadre
First Things First, by J. Robinson Wheeler

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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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