Non-English entries at IF Comp
Revision as of 02:16, 13 April 2005 by Dswxyz
This page attempts to give an overview of the non-English games entered in the Annual IF Comp.
- Shattered Memory (2000) by Andrés Viedma Peláez.
- This game was an English translation of the Spanish game Olvido Mortal by the same author. Unfortunately, because the game had been previously released, albeit in Spanish, it was disqualified from IF Comp 2000. Olvido Mortal was later re-translated into English, this time by Nick Montfort, who called his translation Dead Reckoning; most English players prefer this translation. In a SPAG 40 interview with Urbatain, the game's original title is translated as Fatal Forgetfulness.
- Begegnung am Fluss (2001) by Florian Edlbauer.
- The Gostak (2001) by Carl Muckenhoupt.
- Strictly speaking, this game is in nonsense English. That is, the nouns, adjectives, and verbs are made-up words, but small English words like "the", "and", "in", and "at" are kept, as is English syntax, punctuation, and sentence structure. Much of the game involves trying to figure out what the words mean (or merely how they relate to each other).
- The Gostak placed 21st out of 51 games, and won the Golden Banana of Discord in 2001. At the XYZZY Awards 2001, it won the Best Individual Puzzle and Best Use of Medium awards, and was a finalist for Best Individual NPC and Best Puzzles.
- The Big Scoop (2004) by Johan Berntsson.
- Mingsheng (2004) by Deane Saunders.
- This game is in English, but included some "Chinese character flavour text" in room names, some object descriptions, and on a .pdf map. Fortunately for the English player, neither knowledge of Chinese nor a Z-code interpreter capable of displaying Chinese characters was necessary to play the game. Mingsheng placed 7th out of 36 entries, and was a finalist for Best Setting at XYZZY Awards 2004.
- Die Vollkommene Masse (2004) by Alice Merridew.
- Despite the title, this game is in English. Also, Alice "Omega" Merridew withdrew her game from the comp because she mistakenly sent the wrong version to the comp organizer. (This entry included in an attempt at completeness.)