Check out a shortlist of the year’s best interactive fiction.

Like a really nerdy cockroach, interactive fiction-those text-only computer games of the pre-graphics era-will live forever. Rock, Paper Shotgun has posted a link to the best short interactive fiction of the year.

Taking the main gong this year is Taco Fiction by Ryan Veeder, which is an agreeably wry and downbeat tale of a feckless gunman attempting to rob a dirty fast food joint.

It’s silly, but sharply-written and smart at breaking the fourth wall without actually breaking the fourth wall. Hot on its heels is Six, which documents a a game of hide and seek at an Australian child’s birthday party, which is a simply lovely concept.

Play Taco Fiction here, view the whole (mostly playable!) list here.

-Drew Millard

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