Child’s Play, a New Text Adventure

It is playgroup day and playgroup day is normally a good day but ever since that little red-haired girl started coming she always wants your toys.

She shouldn’t get your toys.

You tried telling the mom this but she doesn’t understand you. She mostly ignored you but then she just shoved a pacifier in your mouth and changed your diaper.

Back in 2006 I wrote a playable introduction for a text adventure called Child’s Play. At the end of last year I finished it. It’s finally polished enough that I’m pimping it on the blog.

For those of you unfamiliar with interactive fiction, works of IF are (roughly speaking) text-based games where you play the protagonist in a story and deal with puzzles. In this one you play a baby struggling against another baby for control of your favorite toy during a playdate.

This is a work of fiction.

At any rate, go download Child’s Play and give it a try. You can even play it online if you don’t want to sully your computer with IF just yet. If you’ve not played IF before and would like some guidance, you should read Emily Short’s guide to IF. And if you write IF, why not peruse the source code?

5 thoughts on “Child’s Play, a New Text Adventure

  1. Huzzah! I’m glad you’ve finished it because I’ve been wanting to play it since Joy and I test drove the intro and found it so enjoyable. So here’s an (almost) un-biased recommendation. Go enjoy! and give me back my toy!

  2. ok i am sure its all on my computers end but all i get is a big graybox.
    i’d like to play with you guys.
    but i dont seem to have the secret handshake or password to get in. 🙂

  3. So I’m in the midst of playing Child’s Play. I LOVE the comments and the way it’s written. I can feel the child’s frustration. Also, since it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, I like how it sort of helps you along if you seem to be stuck.

    It just said “that is way generic” and made me scowl. This will consume most of my sick day off work.

  4. This is addicting. It’s been years since I’ve played with IF, so it’s taking a little while to get back into it, but definitely a fun game.

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