Academic Pursuits placed 27th out of 103 total entries in the 26th annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2020).

Oh, this one’s delicious. I think this is the first time in this year’s Comp that I’ve laughed out loud with delight. - Carl Muckenhoupt, The Stack

The only thing I didn’t like about Academic Pursuits is that there isn’t more of it. Take your time, explore all that there is to explore, and you’ll see a fascinating vignette unfold before your eyes. - Joey Acrimonious

ICE CREAM FLAVOUR: Champagne grape. The immediate appeal of the grape flavour is laced with the poison of alcohol, making it sweet and deadly. - Interactive Licktion

Dear Ms. ████████,

We are delighted to offer you a position in our architecture department. After your application and interview we are confident you will really sink your teeth into this role.

Your new office will be ready for you to move in next week. You are encouraged to make the space your own.

P.S. I understand you are acquainted with one of our most esteemed professors. Per your request, your employment is yet to be publicly announced. I trust it will make for a heartening reunion.

game features include:
stack of boxes
things to put stuff in
things to put stuff on
things to hang stuff on
emotional baggage
blood feud

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction
Tagsifcomp, inform-7, parser, Text based
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LinksIFDB listing


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I enjoyed playing this game during IFComp. One thing it does well is to use reflective choices to define the main character's relationships and motivations.