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IF Comp 2000
10th place of 53
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XYZZY Awards 2000
Finalist - Best Game, Best Writing, Best Story, Best Individual PC, Best Use of Medium

A short one room game by Andrew Plotkin that casts the player inside a cramped apartment, completing a few remaining house chores before leaving for an arts festival called "Death Valley Om," realizing the tragic truth at the end.

This is Andrew Plotkin's entry in the 6th Annual IF Competition in 2000, where it garnered tenth place. It also tied with Emily Short's Metamorphoses for the third place for the Miss Congeniality award during the same competition.

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Author(s) Andrew Plotkin
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 2000
Authoring system Inform
Platform(s) Z-code
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Merciful

How It Begins

You are an undefined person in a small, dim apartment, preparing to leave on a trip to California. There are various things in your apartment to explore and interact with. However, as you continue to explore and find your missing plane tickets, the game advances into a spooky theme; rooms and objects begin suspiciously changing, adding to the atmosphere. Before long, the cliché beginning apartment IF game becomes an interesting story, with an ending to be deciphered by the players.

Notable Features


Competition release

Release 3

  • Shade (Andrew Plotkin; 2000; Z-code).
    • Release 3 / Serial number 001127 / Inform v6.21 Library 6/10
    • IFID: ZCODE-3-001127-C86D
      IFID links: IFDB
    • Download shade.z5 from the IF Archive - The z-machine story file.
    • Download Shade-R3.hqx from the IF Archive - A Mac OS Application (encoded in Macintosh Bin/Hex format.)


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