JIFFEE is under active development, but it is an experiment in progress and it is not yet ready for beta release. Most of it is tested and works fine, but a few parts are still missing or incomplete, and even the architecture is still subject to change.
If you are an educator looking for tools to help your students develop their language comprehension skills, then JIFFEE was designed for you. It can be especially useful for foreign-language and second-language instruction, at any level from elementary through high school or college. Adding JIFFEE-based games to your toolkit of instructional techniques provides you with several advantages:
For more details about the educational use of this tool, see JIFFEE in the Classroom. (To be fair, there are other authoring systems for Interactive Fiction which also provide many of these advantages, especially if you only care about English. The Links page gives pointers to the most popular ones.)
Since the best way to learn what IF games look like is to play one, you might also want to check out Games Written in JIFFEE for a few examples of games that you can play right in your browser.
Like virtually every other IF authoring tool, JIFFEE is intended to make it as easy as possible to get started and is free for anyone to use, but it also has a few unusual characteristics which distinguish it from most existing authoring systems:
JIFFEE supports writing games that can be played in different languages. (This refers to human languages like English, Spanish, and Chinese; not programming languages.) It can be very hard to retrofit that feature into an existing system, but JIFFEE was designed right from the beginning to support the necessary internationalization and localization of both input and output.
Any game written with JIFFEE can be posted on the Internet, and then anyone with a web browser (even on a mobile phone) can play it by simply clicking on a link to it. While the introduction of Parchment has made a similar one-click-to-play capability available to many other authoring systems as well, JIFFEE supports it natively without an extra layer of interpretation overhead.
If you are already familiar with Interactive Fiction and you want to try your hand at writing games using JIFFEE, see Authoring Games with JIFFEE.
If you are interested in the design of IF systems in general and JIFFEE in particular, you can find plenty of detail in JIFFEE Framework Design.
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