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[ IF Comp 2002 Reviews ]

For your reading enjoyment, my reviews of the entries to the 2002 Interactive Fiction Competition. This is the first year I've judged, though I have played some of the previous year games. I'm also a text adventurer from way-back, having played nearly all of the old Infocom games.

No particular "system" was used while playing these games. I didn't have some kind of tally sheet that I kept records on. Instead, I kept notes as I played the games and when each was finished, I rated it. Later, I adjusted the ratings in comparison to each other, so that each game was more or less judged in context with all the other games. Sort of a cerebral bubble sort, if you will. Anyway, here they are. It's a shame that my favorite didn't win.

Please note that many of these reviews do include spoilers (and these are labeled). They are listed in order of favorite to least favorite, with unscored games at the bottom.

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  3Terrible Lizards - Alan and Ian Mead (slight spoilers)
  6Coffee Quest II - Anonymous (spoilers)
  7Out of the Study - Anssi Raisanen
  -Four Mile Island - Chris Charla (writing as Anonymous)
  4Ramon and Jonathan - Daniele A. Gewurz (spoilers)
  6A Party to Murder - David Good
  6Screen - Edward Floren (spoilers)
  2Koan - Esa Peuha
  7Fort Aegea - Francesco Bova
  -BOFH - Howard Sherman
  -When Help Collides - J. D. Berry
  8The Granite Book - James Mitchelhill (spoilers)
  8Evacuate - Jeff Rissman
  6TOOKiE'S SONG - Jessica Knoch (spoilers)
  7Eric's Gift - Joao Mendes (spoilers)
  9The Temple - Johan Berntsson
  6Rent-A-Spy - John Eriksson (spoilers)
  7Hell: A Comedy of Errors - John Evans (slight spoilers)
  6Jane - Joseph Grzesiak
  7Constraints - Martin Bays (slight spoilers)
  3Blade Sentinel - Mihalis Georgostathis
  4Moonbase - Mike Eckardt
  9Till Death Makes a Monk-Fish Out of Me! - Mike Sousa & Jon Ingold
  8Another Earth, Another Sky - Paul O'Brain
  10Janitor - Peter Seebach and Kevin Lynn (spoilers)
  4Scary House Amulet! - Ricardo Dgaue
  7Identity Thief - Rob Shaw-Fuller
  7The PK Girl - Robert Goodwin
  5The Case of Samuel Gregor - Stephen Hilderbrand
  8Photograph - Steve Evans
  5Color and Number - Steven Kollmansberger
  7MythTale - Temari Seikaiha
  8Augustine - Terrence V. Koch
  5Unraveling God - Todd Watson (spoilers)
  6Not Much Time - Tyson Ibele (spoilers)
  5Concrete Paradise - Tyson Ibele
  8The Moonlit Tower - Yoon Ha Lee (slight spoilers)
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