Doug's Top Ten of IF Comp 2016Recommendations by Doug Orleans (Somerville, MA, USA)
I played all but one of the 58 entries in IF Comp 2016 (I couldn't play Labyrinth of Loci because I don't have access to Windows or Mac OS). These were the top ten games on my ballot.
Note that I rate games on slightly different criteria for the IF Comp than I do for IFDB; in particular, as per the Comp rules, I select my vote after playing a game for no more than 2 hours, and thus I tend to dock a point or two from games if I feel like there's significantly more to the game than what I experienced in 2 hours.
In practice, it wouldn't have made much difference in my rankings this year; in fact, both of my top two games went longer than 2 hours, but I liked them both enough within my two hour experience to keep them as my top two. Inside The Facility was the only game on my top ten that I ended up materially penalizing for length: while I did get to a victorious ending within 2 hours, it still felt a bit disappointing (only half of my map was filled in!). After the comp I played it for another 4 hours, getting to the ultimate "trophy" victory ending, which was pretty fun and satisfying. So I'd probably move it up from 6th to 4th place in this list, were I considering them outside of the Comp context.
1. 16 Ways to Kill a Vampire at McDonalds
by Abigail Corfman
Average member rating: (48 ratings)
2. Night House
by Bitter Karella
Average member rating: (14 ratings)
3. Hill Ridge Lost & Found
by Jeremy Pflasterer
Average member rating: (10 ratings)
by Robin Johnson
Average member rating: (35 ratings)
5. Eight characters, a number, and a happy ending
by K.G. Orphanides
Average member rating: (11 ratings)
6. Inside the Facility
by Arthur DiBianca
Average member rating: (27 ratings)
7. Pogoman GO!
by Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman
Average member rating: (20 ratings)
8. The Shoe Dept.
Average member rating: (9 ratings)
9. Ariadne in Aeaea
by Victor Ojuel
Average member rating: (18 ratings)
10. Color the Truth
Average member rating: (46 ratings)