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Cove of Flies Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | LavosXII
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
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Cove of Flies is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player enters a cave and moves in various directions a series of times in order to explore the cave. While exploring the cave the player is presented with vignettes describing various situations, like a spice trade or the player’s character’s fascination with holes or an instance where uneaten meat attracts eponymous flies.

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Titanfall Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Respawn Entertainment
Platforms |  PC, XBOX 360, XBOX One
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Titanfall is a first person shooter in which two teams of six players each fight each other in an attempt to accomplish the objective of the game mode they are playing. In all game modes except Last Titan Standing, players respawn when killed, and can trigger the eponymous Titanfall after they have killed enough enemy players or enemy NPCs. Titans are large robots that operate on artificial intelligence when not piloted.

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reProgram Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Soha El-Sabaawi
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
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reProgram is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player controls the feelings and actions of a woman in a building that has an elevator. The player clicks on links to advance through the game and to cycle through words so as to alter the content of sentences, which then determine what happens in subsequent screens. The story involves meditation, insecurity, and masochism.

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Even Cowgirls Bleed Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction, Shooter
Developer | Christine Love
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
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Even Cowgirls Bleed is an interactive fiction shooter game in which the player takes control of an eponymous cowgirl who visits San Francisco. The player interacts with links on the page to advance the story and eventually reach the end.

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Tower of Guns Review

Genre | First Person Shooter with Roguelike Elements
Developer | Terrible Posture Games
Platforms | PC
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Tower of Guns is a first person shooter with roguelike elements in which the player battles their way through the eponymous tower of guns in an attempt to defeat the bosses of six stages. The kinds of enemies the player faces, the order of the levels, and the items and powerups the player finds are randomized on each playthrough.

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The Yawhg Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction, Adventure
Developer | Emily Carroll, Damian Sommer
Platforms | PC
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The Yawhg is an interactive fiction adventure game where the players control characters for the six weeks preceding the appearance of the eponymous Yawhg, which threatens to wreak havoc. Up to four players control up to four characters by selecting locations for each character to visit and making choices about what the characters do when they visit the locations. Players can control more than one character if they so choose.

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Paragon Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | [-BipolarDesign+]
Platforms | PC
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Paragon is a puzzle game in which the player directs a sphere around levels in order to collect gems and gold. The player can only control the sphere when it is moving along the various rails of the level. The player controls the sphere by launching it in one of the two directions perpendicular to its movement along the rail.  Encountering spikes causes the sphere to be destroyed, at which point the player must restart the level. The player beats a level when all gems are collected.

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Queer Pirate Plane Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | merritt kopas
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
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Queer Pirate Plane is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player takes control of a woman who boards the eponymous plane and experiences an adventure along with their friends on the plane. The player is presented with descriptions of what is occurring and clicks on text options to choose what to do in various situations.

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Journal Review

Genre | Adventure, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Locked Door Puzzle
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
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Journal is a side scrolling adventure game in which the player takes control of a young girl who one day realizes that all the pages in her eponymous journal have gone blank. The player moves the girl through various locations in the game world, engages in conversations, and progresses the plot until the end of the game. Vignettes occupy interstices.

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Far Cry 3 Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
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Far Cry 3 is a first person shooter in which the player takes control of Jason Brody, a bro who is on vacation with his brother and his friends. Brody and his friends visit the Rook Islands and are captured by pirates. The player then escapes and attempts to rescue Brody’s friends by killing pirates and assisting the native inhabitants of the island in their fight against the pirates. The player can also hunt, punch, and skin animals, craft various pieces of equipment, pick plants, climb up to the top of radio towers, use zip lines, torture someone, fly through the air with a wingsuit, execute two enemies simultaneously with a melee kill, find and read letters written by Japanese soldiers, and swim.

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