The Spring Thing is the “other” IF competition, set in the Spring (Fall if you live in the Southern Hemisphere). Interactive Fiction writers of all sorts can submit their games to the Spring Thing, and judging is currently ongoing (until May 11). The ten games that compose this IF competition are varied across style and engine, and feature an equally diverse array of writers. The works intended to be promoted by the Spring Thing are considered medium to long in length.
I’ve included a list of the entrants, as well as their games, and included a brief synopsis of their games. These are not reviews of the games, as I have currently played none of them. All games are playable at the Spring Thing website
the adventures of a Hexagon: Tyler Zahnke
Tyler Zahnke is an IF writer, probably best known for his IF Comp entry last year Reels. The Adventures of a Hexagon is an HTML game with limited nodes, where you play as a sentient polygon. The game is evidently very short, with some nodes ending in sudden and extreme death and easily completed in five minutes. The game is classified as CYOA.
Bear Creek, Part 1: Wes Modes
Bear Creek, Part 1 is the first of a three part series. Part 1 is set in the summer of 1975, and is a game created in Inform 7. Your PC is a child, who wanders the world with a child-like exuberance with only a hint towards the possible dangers and issues of the adult world. The synopsis by the writer is as follows:
Looking back, it was that summer, or maybe just that one day that changed everything. KC and the Sunshine Band was on the radio and you were eight years old. A curious daydreamer, on the verge of learning what lay beyond the boundaries of your own little world, and nothing was certain about whether you’d survive the journey.
The game ends at an abrupt point, as it is Part 1 of 3.
the Bibliophile: Marshal Tenner Winter
Marshal Tenner Winter is a prolific IF writer and his past works include a variety of Lovecraftian pieces including Castonegro Blues and the Dark Carnival. The Bibliophile is a Lovecraftian tale set in Baltimore, crafted in Inform 7.
A game of Life and Death: Kiel Farren
This game is posted from the ChooseYourStory site, which has you create a free account to save your progress. A Game of Life and Death is set in a small town where the PC lives with their parents unaware that they are about to be thrown into a strange world full of possibilities. The author states that the game would be PG13 if it had a movie-style rating, with warnings for a variety of horror game specifics including: blood, gore, violence, character death, cannibalism, mutilation and gore. With a touch of comedy.
the price of freedom: innocence Lost , Briar rose
This game is also posted to the ChooseYourStory site, and will require a free account to save your progress. The game has you play as a Greek slave to the Roman empire, and has elements of a historical RPG. The Price of Freedom appears to be a series, so there is a chance the game will feel slightly unfinished.
the story of mr. p : hannes Schüller
A translation (from German) of Hannes’s game Die Geschichte des Herrn P., The Story of Mr. P is a Inform 6 game. Hannes is probably best known for his games The Believable Adventures of an Invisible Man (which placed 17th in the 2009 IF Comp), Ninja’s Fate (which placed 21st in the 2010 IF Comp), and Bloodless on the Orient Express which won 1st place in the 2011 Ectocomp.
Surface : Geoff Moore
Surface is the Spring Thing’s lone Twine entry. Geoff More won last years Spring Thing with Wich’s Girl. This game features domestic problems against the back drop of an alien invasion, but people online keep discussing Moore’s unique usage of hand drawn maps.
Through Time: MC Book
This is another entry from the ChooseYourStory site, where you will need to create a free account to save your progress. The game is a romance game where you play as Jacob, transported 10 years into the past. The game claims to feature a visual novel like experience, and the author suggests playing it through to the multiple endings for the full experience.
weekend at Ruby’s: Liam butler and Jackson Palmer
An open world puzzle game (and the only Quest entry). The authors description sounds like an interesting mix of romance and a crazy partyscape:
Weekend at Ruby’s is an open world puzzle game set at a friend of a friend’s house party. You’ve somehow lost your wallet and with it the phone number of the girl of your dreams. In order to get it back and prevent a lifetime of soul crushing loneliness filled with relationships based on meaningless sex, you’ll need to uncover the secrets of a dead eccentric while trying to enjoy the party and create what will become your treasured memories of youth. Contains sex, drugs, rock, and possibly small amounts of roll.
The WYldkynd Project: Robert Deford
The Wyldkynd Project is a science fiction game done in the Alan 3 development system. The developer, Robert DeFord, has worked on a few other games in the past including an entrant in the 2012 IF Comp the Sealed Room.
If you’re interested in playing any of these games, be sure to check out the official Spring Thing contest page. They’re currently being rated, and you can participate in judging. To judge, you have to play at least half of the games (and the Spring Thing organizers ask that you try and complete all of the games you intend to rate), and then you can rate them on the Spring Thing site.