An anonymous reader writes "The 9th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition has now announced its winners - the start of the judging was previously covered on Slashdot."
There are a number of sites
with reviews of the competing text adventures, which are all freely downloadable
, and winner 'Slouching Towards Bedlam' ("a game of multiple paths... set in a steampunk universe with Lovecraftian overtones"
), and runner-up 'Risorgimento Represso' ("on a par with most Infocom games, and exceeds them at many points"
, but paradoxically too long to be played through within the 2-hour judging period), both get plenty of kudos from judges.