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Games with extraordinary "wow" moments - an IFDB Poll

by J'onn Roger
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If there is a moment in a game that stands out to you with vivid clarity, a moment of extraordinary beauty with writing that makes you really makes you see what is taking place, list the game here. Since surprise may play a part in the "wow" of the moment, you may want to be careful about reading comments on games you haven't played. EDIT: After seeing how discreetly Emily handled surprise moments, I rewrote my original comments in an attempt to do the same.

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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
7 votes
"I know it gets mentioned a lot, discovery by the crystal maze is really wonderful." [+]... "Because Photopia." [+]... "The maze discovery" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
6 votes
"Clever, subtle and absorbing." [+]... "A number of such..." [+]... "There is a..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
6 votes
"The moment you realize the truth." [+]... "Much more than a typical fantasy game." [+]... "A dark twist that's never really explicitly said, allowing the player to come to the horrifying realization on their own terms." [+]... "That twist which..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
5 votes
"Set of combinable tools that provides a focus for problem-solving while still allowing a lot of scope to experiement" [+]... "The moment in..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "People rightfully..." [+]...

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All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
3 votes
"Awesome puzzle mechanic" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Act of Misdirection, by Callico Harrison
2 votes
"The single most..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"For the hot and..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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All Roads, by Jon Ingold
2 votes
"The scene at the..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Spellbreaker, by Dave Lebling
2 votes
"Several in this..." [+]... "The girgol..." [+]...

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Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"This short game is all but made of "wow."" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
1 vote
"A discovery involving the dragon took my breath away." [+]...

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Endless, Nameless, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
"When I read the poll title this is the game that came to mind" [+]...

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The Statue Got Me High, by Ryan Veeder
1 vote
"A dinner party..." [+]...

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The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"The ending always leaves an indelible impression in my mind of a moment in time lost. The window shatters." [+]...

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Kaged, by Ian Finley
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Trinity, by Brian Moriarty
1 vote
"Reading the book in the cottage" [+]...

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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
1 vote
"magnificent implementation " [+]...

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The Primrose Path, by Nolan Bonvouloir
1 vote
"For a certain..." [+]...

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Dual Transform, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"The 'chase' scene..." [+]...

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Ad Verbum, by Nick Montfort
1 vote
"The rooms..." [+]...

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