This is a screenshot of the video game You Will Select a Decision, № 1 - Small Child in Woods, featuring a discussion of the characterization of the end the player has received as a death end rather than a victory end or vice versa. It includes poetry.

You Will Select a Decision No 1 – Small Child in the Woods Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Brendan Patrick Hennessy
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | selectadecision.info/woods.html

You Will Select a Decision, № 1 – Small Child in Woods is an interactive fiction game in which the player controls a young girl from the Kyrgryz village of Tash-Bashat, who undertakes an adventure in the woods with varying consequences based on the player’s choices.  The game can end in victory or in death in a number of ways, and descriptions of the player’s actions and situations are accompanied by messages to the player, diatribes on the importance of listening to relatives and folk songs, and grammar mistakes.

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This is a screenshot of the video game Brooklyn Trash King, featuring the player conversing with the Brooklyn Trash King about the actions of various raccoons. The King is asking the player to kiss the butts of three normal raccoons and then to kiss the King's own butt. The player can accept or refuse the offer. The player can also click on the word "followers" to learn about the number of twitter follows the Brooklyn Trash King has.

Brooklyn Trash King Review

Genre | Adventure, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Ben Esposito, Sarah Johnson
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | Brooklyn Trash King Website

Brooklyn Trash King is an interactive fiction adventure game in which the player takes control of a person living in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, who is running a Kickstarter that is not succeeding. The player’s Internet is disrupted by raccoons, which causes them to visit Raccoon Island and converse with the eponymous Brooklyn Trash King in an attempt to restore the Internet.

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This is a screenshot of the video game Gorogoa, featuring four images. The image in the upper left is of a green eye surrounded by geometric patterns of various colors. The image in the bottom left is of a blue bowl and a white apple, both being held by white hands, in front of a statue. The image in the lower right is of a mechanism featuring a series of valves, two of which are surrounded by small wooden shacks. The image in the upper right is of a tree branch with leaves in the foreground, and buildings in the background.

Gorogoa Review

Genre | Puzzle, Art
Developer | Jason Roberts
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | gorogoa.com/

Gorogoa is a puzzle game designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts, where the player arranges tiles on a grid to progress through the story. The player is trying to help a boy with a bowl collect fruity offerings to put into his bowl for a big, colorful god. The game does not make clear what “Gorogoa” is eponymous for.

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This is a screenshot of the video game »——-?——-> featuring a description of what is happening after the player has chosen to grab and push an arrow that they have encountered. At the bottom is a link the player can click on in order to continue pushing the arrow.

»——-?——-> Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | JP LeBreton
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | vectorpoem.com/if/arrow.html

»——-?——-> is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player encounters a skeleton with an arrow in its skull and chooses what to do with the arrow. The player’s choices result in varied occurrances which are described to the player through written text. The game features an examination of memory and of violence, including violence on a large scale in a battle, violence on a smaller scale at the site of an individual’s body, and violence generally in terms of turmoil in the world and in spatially unspecified sites which the game describes metaphorically.

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This is a screenshot of the video game Betrayer, featuring the player holding a longbow with nineteen arrows and facing north northeast while crouching behind a bush and observing two enemies that are facing away from the player. The player has one hundred health, two tomahawks, and three health refills available in their canteen.

Betrayer Review

Genre | First Person Shooter, Stealth, Adventure, Horror
Developer | Blackpowder Games
Platforms | PC
Websitehttp://www.blackpowdergames.com/about/

Betrayer is a first person shooter stealth horror adventure game in which the player controls a character who washes up on the shore of an English colony in America in 1604. The player soon encounters clues, which hint at what occurred before the player arrived, and ghosts, which are what remain of the inhabitants of the colony and others, including eponymous betrayers. The player must explore the colony and the wilderness around it to discover what has happened, while also sneaking by and engaging in combat with some of the ghosts.

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This is a screenshot of the video game Stranded, featuring the player's character walking to the left towards the player's cursor and away from the crashed ship that lies on the right hand side of the screen.

Stranded Review

Genre | Point and Click Adventure Game
Developer | Peter Moorhead, Lucas “Midio” Carvalho, Glauber Kotaki, Joe “Stux” Edwards, Steven “Surasshu” Velema
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.petermoorhead.com/stranded/

Stranded is a point and click adventure game in which the player takes control of an astronaut who has become eponymously stranded on a planet following the crash of their space ship. The player guides the astronaut around the planet, exploring locations and observing what happens. The game alters each time the player quits the game and returns.

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This is a screenshot of the video game notes from the casketgirl, featuring gray text on a black background which describes an observation contained within the game about viewing things and violence. There is one link for the player to click on.

notes from the casketgirl Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Sloane
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | http://sloanesloane.com/casket

notes from the casketgirl is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player reads the eponymous notes from the casketgirl and clicks on links in order to progress through the notes. The notes describe what the casketgirl does, how she feels about it, and what the caskets are for, according to her. Sound and visual effects underscore various situations in the game.

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Resogun Screenshot

Resogun Review

Genre | Shoot ‘Em Up
Developer |Housemarque
Platforms | PlayStation 4
Website | resogun.com

Resogun is a game in which the player flies their spaceship from left to right, blasting enemy ships, picking up humans and delivering them to motherships. The eponymous Resogun is described in story text about the game’s fourth stage as a massive disintegration weapon of the enemy. The stages are cylindrical.

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This is a picture of Carolyn Petit, a video game reviewer who is the Objective Game Reviews Subjective Game Reviewer of the Month for March 2014.

Carolyn Petit: Subjective Reviewer of the Month, March 2014

This month, Objective Game Reviews launches a new feature, Subjective Reviewer of the Month. Each month we will interview someone who writes subjective reviews for other review outlets. We will also invite them to write an objective review so that they can give their opinions some time to rest, if they would like. Our very first Subjective Reviewer of the Month is Carolyn Petit.

What are some of your favorite video games, and why?

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