IFforClassroom

Reviews by IFforClassroom

22 Jun 2018
If you can read Spanish, this game is a masterpiece. The documentation* alone is well worth reading. Textadventures.co.uk doesn't have a 'Mythology' category, but that's the real genre of this game. You play one of the last members of the Chiloe tribe (of the South American west coast) who is still living in the traditional way. Your goal is to become a Machi (shaman) and gain the right to interact with the Pincoya (spirit/goddess) to save your way of life. The frequent use of local dialect and Mapuche language builds the atmosphere beautifully. (And the documentation is helpful for understanding it.)

The one possibly unpleasant thing about the game is the boat you travel in. It's over-implemented and difficult to use. It's good for reminding you that your boat is your livelihood, but it can get irritating. It includes hints (type PISTAS) so at least you won't get stuck.

*http://www.caad.es/incanus/Chiloe_-_mar_y_mitologia.pdf
*http://spac.caad.es/IMG/jpg/mapa_pincoya.jpg
(5)

Review for Pan de ajo
21 Jun 2018
Teachers,

Have you ever tried the famous language lesson where the students try to explain to you how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Hilarious, isn't it? Now turn that into a text adventure. Then exchange PBJ for garlic bread...

... and vampires.
(4)

Review for En la oscuridad
21 Jun 2018
I don't usually like Inkle stories because they tend to be un-interactive and badly written. This Spanish game is a good story and the interactivity is pretty effective.
(4)

Review for Vainsville [es]
13 Jun 2018
This Castilian Spanish story gave me the creeps, both because of the 'villain' and because of the way the various NPC's respond to the danger. The central puzzle/challenge was fun and not too difficult. Definitely try it if you read Castilian Spanish!
(4)

Review for BYOD [es]
12 Jun 2018
You get to be a hacker in this Castilian Spanish language game/short story. I had fun with it overall. There appear to be a lot of ways to toy with your hacker abilities, but there only seem to be two possible endings, unfortunately. Definitely worth playing if you read Castilian Spanish.
(4)

Review for La Noche del Ensayo
04 Jun 2018
Una obra maestra!
(5)

27 Apr 2018
This is a quiz masked as a game, with only the shallowest attempt to provide a narrative context. It also contains a fatal glitch, wherein wrong answers can be changed immediately. The reader is asked to imagine that they aspire to become an urban farmer. Somehow this requires them to face an interview for an urban farming job. They are asked questions about urban farming in Singapore and China. Despite these eye-rollers, I found the non-fiction content somewhat interesting. The Simplified Chinese (簡體中文) vocabulary is appropriate for children or intermediate second language learners.
(2)

Review for
27 Apr 2018
Unfortunately, there isn't much of an interactive fiction community among the East Asian languages. There exist exactly zero parser works in Mandarin, and roughly one or two in Japanese. Those hyperlink works that do exist only rarely include meaningful choices. This story is not one of those happy few. It is merely an excuse for the author to draw online attention to their Chinese-Japanese poem and melodramatic Chinese dialog.
(1)

Fun and relatively well implemented.
(5)

Review for HUNTING UNICORN
02 Jun 2017
Groover, great as ever.
(5)

25 May 2017
No está bien implementado. No reconoce muchos verbos y sustantivos.
(2)

Interesting story. Not very interactive.
(3)

14 Feb 2017
Like many choice-based games, the only game element to this one is the irritating cliché, "Oops, you made the wrong choice. It was only wrong because the Almighty Author has willed it so from the foundation of the world. But you're still dead. So there!"
(2)

19 Jan 2017
This story includes a light puzzle and a bit of creepiness. What I really love about it its the spot-on cultural setting. Right at the start, you can choose between two very realistic and quintessential types of Asian daughters for the PC. As you enter the scene, every detail, from conversations to "rooms" genuinely feels like modern rural China or Taiwan. (Please forgive the comparison! It's not politically motivated!) The author could have kept this as a very well-written slice-of-life. But the puzzle and the creepy plot do a good job of gamifying it all.
(5)

Review for 30 Kilogrammes
18 Jan 2017
Wow! I hadn't gotten around to reading his on IFDB, but I'm sure glad I noticed it here! You used the perfect tool, too, to emphasise the ritual of packing. The same prose would not have worked so well were it non-interactive.
(5)

Review for Mouse Quest Ch1
16 Jan 2017
Not bad for a first attempt. I'd recommend more thorough implementation. For example, NPC's are quite kind, and it would be nice to be able to thank them. Certain puzzles require very specific three-word commands, leading to a lot of guessing the correct word, which ruins the feeling of immersion.
(3)

Review for Caperucita Roja
15 Jan 2017
1. Squiffy has a Spanish version, but you didn't use it.

2. The only thing interactive about this is whether to choose a full telling or a summary.

3. The writing feels plagiarized.
(2)

Review for Demon Island
13 Jan 2017
There are a few dead links. Also, it would have been easy to implement gamebook features in both Squiffy and Quest, rather than instruct the player to choose two abilities and then only click links related to those.
(2)

12 Jan 2017
According to my South African colleague who can read Dutch, this is a chemistry/biology scenario quiz (not really a game) and includes pictures and videos. It applies these disciplines to a very specific current events topic in the Netherlands.
(3)

12 Jan 2017
This is a Russian CYOA comedy. The narrative is fully fleshed out, and is well-implemented visually and technically. The comic elements are sometimes silly, grotesque and political.
(4)

11 Jan 2017
Good enough to use in school!
(5)

Review for Underground Dungeon
11 Jan 2017
A fun old-style text adventure with a nostalgic feel. Impressively, benergize created everything from absolute scratch, so expect the parser not respond in completely standardised ways.
(4)

Review for Forrajeo
10 Jan 2017
Although this is not Incanus' most polished game, it's my personal favorite. It's also the one I'd recommend for Spanish language learners--The parser never misunderstood me and didn't expect me to go through extremely detailed procedures.

Aunque este juego no es el más finamente construido de las obras de Incanus, todavía es mi favorito. También este es el que recomendaria para los que están aprendiendo el Español.
(5)

Review for Rastros
09 Jan 2017
It's nice to see Incanus back in action. I enjoy theme of frontier life in space. When we actually do begin colonising space, menial tasks will be surprisingly common. Starvation, disease, pests, and lack of supplies will probably be a more real danger than alien civilisations.
(4)

Review for Lost in Chinatown
29 Dec 2016
This China geography game is well thought out and well implemented. I fully intend to assign it as homework for my 5th grade international students in Shenzhen.
(4)

This fan-fiction would make a nice start to a fully developed COYA game. 這段粉絲故事挺適合當長一點小說的開頭。
(3)

02 Jul 2016
Professional feel. Fascinating use of non-fiction elements (e.g. photos, word choice). Well thought-out choices and options.
(5)

27 Feb 2016
The best Harry Potter fan fiction I've ever seen. What fun!
(5)

Review for Moquette
15 Feb 2016
Alex, you need to write more pieces. I love that the setting is a real location. So few people my area actually seem to explore their local transportation. They just know the way to work and back; that's it. So many people seem to run on autopilot. Perhaps there should be an option to 'ruin' the game by SPOILER.


?krow ot gniog ylpmis...
(5)

Review for spondre
15 Feb 2016
One of the very best non-parser games I've ever seen.
(5)

Excellent writing! This is only the third non-game IF I've ever really enjoyed. (Photopia and My Father's Long Long Legs are the other two).
(4)

Review for 兽人与饼
08 Feb 2016
好玩!你有寫其他的文字冒險嗎?我很期待用文字遊戲學中文。
(4)

Review for The Zen Garden
23 Jan 2016
As much fun, challenge, and professionalism as an IFcomp piece.
(5)

Review for The Abyss
22 Jan 2016
Just had to go back and see all the endings.
(5)


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