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December 30, 2022

New walkthroughs for December 2022

Filed under: Interactive Fiction — Tags: — davidwelbourn @ 2:02 pm

On Friday, December 30, 2022, I published new walkthroughs for the games and stories listed below! Some of these were paid for by my wonderful patrons at Patreon. Please consider supporting me to make even more new walkthroughs for works of interactive fiction at Patreon and Ko-fi.


Arborea (2022) by Richard Develyn

In this arboreal/ecological themed game, you begin in a simulated vast forest generated by Program Arborea. You have a gourd with markings on it. Your goal is to retrieve the kernel, whatever that is.

This game was an entry in IF Comp 2022 where it took 15th place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and maps


Finding Light (2021) by Abigail Jazwiec

In this fantasy game, you play as the guardian familiar known as Ezra, formed from light and given to Aurel when he was a child. Today, you wake up bleeding in a forest. You remember raiders attacking. Aurel is gone. You must find him. Your astral gem lets you turn into a black fox with enhanced smell and the ability to speak to animals.

In this fantasy game, you play as the guardian familiar known as Ezra, formed from light and given to Aurel when he was a child. Today, you wake up bleeding in a forest. You remember raiders attacking. Aurel is gone. You must find him. Your astral gem lets you turn into a black fox with enhanced smell and the ability to speak to animals.

This game was an entry in IF Comp 2021 where it took 18th place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


What Heart Heard Of, Ghost Guessed (2021) by Amanda Walker

In this game, you waken in a shadowy place, without memories, feelings, or a physical body. You can’t touch anything. But as you examine things, you gain emotions that can affect things. Your FEAR shatters glass. Your EXCITEment opens doors. Explore this house and learn who you are.

Content warning: violence and child abuse.

This game was an entry in IF Comp 2021 where it took 4th place. At the 2021 XYZZY Awards, it won both the Best Game and Best Story awards; it was also a finalist in three other categories (Best Writing, Best Puzzles, and Best Use of Innovation).

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


The Tiny House (2010) by Dan Doyle III

In this sprawling fantasy game, you play as Christine Doyle, a young teacher. You come home from work to discover your husband and son are missing. If you search your home, you’ll find a spellbook, some scrolls, and eventually learn your son was stolen by David Bowie?! Wasn’t that just in a movie?

IFDB | My walkthrough and maps


Civil Seeming Drivel Dreaming (2022) by Andrew Schultz

You overdosed on candy and now you’re dreaming somewhere very strange. This is a small wordplay game where everything is based on alliterative phrases that rhyme with other alliterative phrases: the names of places and things. Change your environment, defeat foes, and explore until this drivel dreaming ends.

This game was an entry in Le Grand Guignol (English) division of Ectocomp 2022, where it took 15th place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Wisp (2013) by Lea

In this very small adventure, you’re on a road late at night, trying to get home to bed, when you see a light ahead. You soon find yourself in a confusing marsh, hazy with mist.

This story was an entry in Ectocomp 2013 where it took 23rd place.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map


Within a Wreath of Dewdrops or, A Poisoned Zenith (2005) by Sam Kabo Ashwell and Jacqueline Lott (writing together as “Alphonse de l’Entaille”)

In this small game, you are the only actor onstage in Within a Wreath of Dewdrops, a historical opus which has entered its final act. Using just four pathetic props, can you act as the hero, the heroine, and the evil wizard, and save a burning Paris from the Spaniards?

This game was a participant in the Third 24 Hours of Inform event.

IFDB | My walkthrough and map

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