Winners of the 2006 IFComp

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1st place

Floatpoint

Cover art for Floatpoint

Emily Short

It is night on this side of the planet.

Settled areas are lit: a jagged crescent in the tropics, lining the inland sea. The bright splatter along the top of the curve is Tanhua, as bright from space as New York. The north continent is darker, sprinkled finely with small lights, where the failing climate makes it hard to survive a winter. And the northernmost point, almost lost on the slope of Mt. Cordia, is the original Aleheart Colony, where the first settlers from Earth landed.

It is your destination as well.

This work also won 3rd place in the 2006 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 8.41
Votes Cast 113
Standard Deviation 1.33

2nd place

The Primrose Path

Cover art for The Primrose Path

Nolan Bonvouloir

You've led a fairly uneventful life, perhaps; certainly you never planned on having to save your best friend's life. Now, it's up to you to unearth the secrets he's been concealing from you, perhaps learning a thing or two about yourself in the process...

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Score 7.64
Votes Cast 100
Standard Deviation 1.98

3rd place

The Elysium Enigma

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Eric Eve

It was meant to be a routine visit on behalf of the imperial government, just to remind the settlers that the Empire hadn't forgotten them, and if you stick rigidly to the letter of your orders and refuse to use either your eyes or your initiative that's all it'll be. But with an interstellar war brewing in the background, you'd be wise not to take anything for granted.

This work also won 2nd place in the 2006 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 7.55
Votes Cast 88
Standard Deviation 1.49

4th place

Tales of the Traveling Swordsman

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Mike Snyder

You are the traveling swordsman; the strong and silent stranger; the wandering vanquisher of villainy. Damsels swoon for you. Good men respect and envy you. Scoundrels learn to fear you. Even so, you are but a rumor throughout the land.

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Score 7.35
Votes Cast 92
Standard Deviation 1.81

5th place

Moon-Shaped

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Jason Ermer

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Score 7.01
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 1.86

6th place

Delightful Wallpaper

Edgar O. Weyrd

This work also won 1st place in the 2006 Miss Congeniality Awards.

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Score 6.90
Votes Cast 84
Standard Deviation 2.14

7th place

Legion

Jason Devlin

She will not triumph. We are strong. We are legion.

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Score 6.78
Votes Cast 101
Standard Deviation 2.24

8th place

Madam Spider's Web

Sara Dee

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Score 6.77
Votes Cast 99
Standard Deviation 1.66

9th place

Möbius

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J.D. Clemens

Another mission. Just when you had settled in for a nap.

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Score 6.73
Votes Cast 82
Standard Deviation 1.64

10th place

Unauthorized Termination

Richard Otter

You are a senior investigator with the police force of what is basically a totalitarian state. On a world where nearly all forms of crime are punishable by execution, you have been called on to investigate someone who has been unlawfully killed.

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Score 6.13
Votes Cast 80
Standard Deviation 1.75

11th place

Game Producer!

Jason Bergman

You're a producer at AXL Games. Today is the day your game goes gold, but you've overslept! Rush to the office, get your developers paid, coordinate QA and marketing efforts and do it all before time runs out!

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Score 6.08
Votes Cast 85
Standard Deviation 2.07

12th place

The Sisters

revgiblet

'The Sisters' is a haunted house game written with ADRIFT. It's my first ever entry and one of my first efforts, so go easy on me.

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Score 5.86
Votes Cast 84
Standard Deviation 1.98

13th place

Star City

Mark Sachs

The looming future. An Earth recovering from alien occupation. A mysterious object is approaching our put-upon planet and it's up to one explorer to discover its secrets.

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Score 5.79
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 1.93

14th place

Strange Geometries

Phillip Chambers

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Score 5.71
Votes Cast 89
Standard Deviation 1.95

15th place

The Tower of the Elephant

Tor Andersson

An adaptation of the classic sword & sorcery tale by Robert E. Howard, first published in 1933.

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Score 5.69
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 1.80

16th place

Aunts and Butlers

Robin Douglas Johnson

It's 1920s England, you're a near-bankrupt minor aristocrat, and your only elderly heirless aunt is coming to tea. A PG Wodehouse-inspired farce of bad Manors, good fortunes, and mysterious servants.

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Score 5.67
Votes Cast 84
Standard Deviation 1.97

17th place

Xen: The Hunt

Ian Shlasko

John Richardson returns in this thrilling sequel to Xen: The Contest. Two years have passed, and he finds himself once again caught in the crossfire. This time, however, his life may be forfeit.

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Score 5.56
Votes Cast 68
Standard Deviation 1.92

18th place

Labyrinth

Samantha Casanova Preuninger

Puzzle-heavy game set in an Escherian environment. The zip file contains a hints file in addition to the z8 file and the walkthrough. The hints file provides gentle nudges only, without explicit instructions.

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Score 5.55
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 1.89

19th place

Requiem

David Whyld

She told me she needed my help. She told me someone was after her and that he would kill her. She told me where to find him, told me what needed doing... and left the choice in my hands. What I didn't know was that there was a lot more to the story...

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Score 5.52
Votes Cast 93
Standard Deviation 1.82

20th place

Carmen Devine: Supernatural Troubleshooter

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Rob Myall

The jet lands smoothly in Harbin. The stink of the city and the bite of the ice-cold air assaults you as you disembark, but your destination is a long jeep ride north, so you'll have to suffer through the journey. At least the provided driver will give you more time to read up on the council's file of the situation.

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Score 5.42
Votes Cast 97
Standard Deviation 1.54

21st place

The Bible Retold: The Bread and the Fishes

Justin Morgan and Celestianpower

A light-hearted adaptation of the classic Bible story, The Feeding the Five Thousand. Not for the fundamentalist!

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Score 5.22
Votes Cast 98
Standard Deviation 1.91

22nd place

Another Goddamn Escape the Locked Room Game

Riff Conner

A satire of the popular genre of flash-based webgames. It's my first attempt at authoring IF, so please don't hesitate to send me reviews, reports of bugs I missed, and so forth.

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Score 5.20
Votes Cast 112
Standard Deviation 1.77

23rd place

Fight or Flight

Sean Krauss

The counselors at Open Arms Academy, a camp for troubled youth, celebrate after closing the camp for the season. An unexpected visitor crashes the party, and someone loses his head...

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Score 5.03
Votes Cast 76
Standard Deviation 1.86

24th place

MANALIVE, A Mystery of Madness - I

Bill Powell

London, 1912. When you invade a bored boarding house and proceed to climb the garden tree, stage an impromptu concert, and propose to a stranger, your fellow lodgers assume you're eccentric, rather than insane. Until you show them your revolver.

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Score 4.89
Votes Cast 71
Standard Deviation 2.34

25th place

Hedge

Steven Richards

Hedge is a modern fantasy piece revolving around the legendary Hedge, a very exclusive club with a nasty reputation. You try to get in, and then out again, without dying. The duality of man may make an appearance.

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Score 4.81
Votes Cast 104
Standard Deviation 1.98

26th place

A Broken Man

Geoff Fortytwo

Your little girl has been mercilessly killed at the hands of a heartless terrorist.

The police won't even admit that it happened.

It's time for revenge.

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Score 4.26
Votes Cast 94
Standard Deviation 1.88

27th place

Polendina

Christopher Lewis

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Score 4.24
Votes Cast 99
Standard Deviation 1.82

28th place

The Initial State

Matt Barton

Initial State is a deeply psychological text adventure set in deep space. You play as an amnesiac who finds himself stranded aboard an immense ship drifting through space. The game is also a literary exercise in the "unreliable narrator" tradition.

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Score 4.16
Votes Cast 63
Standard Deviation 2.08

29th place

MANALIVE, A Mystery of Madness - II

Bill Powell

Having attempted murder in your landlady's front garden in Edwardian London, you receive a private trial in the dining room. Enemies expose your wretched past: burglary, desertion, polygamy, murder...but you remember these incidents a bit differently...

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Score 4.15
Votes Cast 48
Standard Deviation 2.11

30th place

Pathfinder

Tony Woods

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Score 4.07
Votes Cast 92
Standard Deviation 1.67

31st place

The Apocalypse Clock

GlorbWare

You must stop the end of the world. Your tools in this task: A crayon and a cat.

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Score 3.65
Votes Cast 113
Standard Deviation 1.78

32nd place

Wumpus Run

Elfindor

Wumpus Hunting will never become "the sport of Kings" ... too many risks involved for royalty (although, they've been known to allow any number of fools, er, adventurers, to partake on their behalf). Let's not be under any delusions here - you could die!

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Score 3.51
Votes Cast 72
Standard Deviation 1.90

33rd place

Ballymun Adventure

Brendan Cribbin

A small adventure written to introduce students to the world of text adventures

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Score 3.46
Votes Cast 76
Standard Deviation 1.75

34th place

Tentellian Island

Zack Wood

With nothing but a note from the Professor in hand, your are sent to an unusual Island to obtain a special artifact. You'll need to be creative and clever to solve the puzzles and unlock all four endings.

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Score 3.23
Votes Cast 66
Standard Deviation 1.52

35th place

Lawn of Love

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Santoonie Corporation

Santoonie's first romantic adventure.

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Score 3.17
Votes Cast 86
Standard Deviation 1.52

36th place

Beam

Madrone Eddy

Beam is a short escape adventure.

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Score 2.65
Votes Cast 54
Standard Deviation 1.66

37th place

Enter the Dark

Peter R. Shushmaruk

My first complete IF game. An interactive thriller, where you find yourself in an unexplainable situation with the memories of your sister’s murder haunting you. There is something waiting for you. You can feel its presence watching your every move.

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Score 2.43
Votes Cast 87
Standard Deviation 1.35

38th place

Green Falls

Paul Allen Panks

A mysterious shadow demon has taken the countryside of Eldor captive. It is up to you, brave one, to rescue it!

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Score 2.30
Votes Cast 61
Standard Deviation 1.74

39th place (tie)

Sisyphus

Theo Koutz

You are Sisyphus, a Greek king who is being punished in the underworld by being forced to push a huge boulder up a hill for all eternity. Can you figure out a way to weasel out of your predicament, escape from Hades, and get your job as king back?

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Score 2.27
Votes Cast 95
Standard Deviation 1.42

39th place (tie)

Visocica

Thorben Bürgel

A Game made with TAG from Martin Oehm.

Unfortunaly only in german.

Dieses Spiel ist komplett nur in deutsch.

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Score 2.27
Votes Cast 11
Standard Deviation 1.62

41st place

Simple Adventure

Paul Allen Panks

Simple Adventure is a basic Scott Adams-like adventure game written for the 12th annual interactive fiction contest. The goal is to slay the ice dragon.

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Score 2.14
Votes Cast 71
Standard Deviation 1.50

42nd place

Fetter's Grim

Paul Allen Panks

You are on a beach with the LORD.

You've got a headache, but you're with Jesus and he's not nailed to a cross (he's having one of his better weeks).

The goal is to find out why you ended up here with a guy who eats locusts, honey and speaks oddly.

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Score 1.83
Votes Cast 59
Standard Deviation 1.18

43rd place

PTGOOD 8*10^23

Sartre Malvolio

In this uncut version that YOU DID NOT SEE IN THEATRES, you'll laugh your arse off at Xorax's evil stupidity, and get to play the role of his murderer.

The most meanspirited IF parody to date!

DOWN WITH PTBAD!

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Score 1.56
Votes Cast 90
Standard Deviation 0.86