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post-comp release. The game expanded from z-machine to glulx.
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Very Vile Fairy File

by Billy Boling profile

Fantasy / Wordplay
2019

(based on 7 ratings)
3 member reviews

About the Story

Well, your name is Kerry Kyle, so you can't be the worst person to destroy the Very Vile Fairy File.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Current Version: 4
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: 3C06F875-455C-4D32-9849-F18CFCE1CE0B
TUID: ihz4d2ywva0v0g2

Awards

21st Place - 25th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2019)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
An enjoyable rhyming-based game, November 10, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours
Andrew Schultz makes games by taking a wordplay idea and finding as many examples of it as possible, then building a game around that list.

Sometimes, it feels a little forced. Some times, it feels great. This is one of those great times, at least for me.

I'm not coming in looking for a cohesive narrative. I'm coming in to have pure puzzling fun that hurts your brain.

I would rank this game up around with Shuffling Around, one of my favorites, but a little below Threediopolis, my absolute favorite.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Terribly tricky, December 27, 2019
by Stian
Related reviews: IFComp 2019
I quickly realised I wasnít going to get far in Very Vile Fairy File without the walkthrough. Almost all of the interaction in the game consists of coming up with a suitable alliterative rhyme. I can absolutely acclaim an admirable alliteration (with or without a rhyming sensation), but managing this was beyond me. In the required rhymes were old English, American slang and several words I had never heard. For those who feel they are up to a serious rhyming challenge, the game does feature an innovative help system, and for those who donít, itís still worth playing through with a walkthrough. Very Vile Fairy File is funny, clever, and well implemented.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Good fun!, October 15, 2019
by IngridWolf
Related reviews: IF Comp 2019
This game is the first parser Iíve ever played, so it felt rather different, but engaging instantly.

You proceed by picking and typing in a rhyme to something on the passage. Iím glad I had a walkthrough, otherwise Iíd have found this game extremely difficult to play, considering that English is not my first language. But, having it, I could simply enjoy the smoothly-flowing and humorous narrative.

The multiple locations and characters are depicted with great imagination. The slightly absurd nature of this world, and its reliance on word play, is reminding of Alice in Wonderland.

At times I laughed out loud, but there also was a serious message hidden between the lines that I liked just as much. A top rating well-deserved!

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