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The great puzzlefests - an IFDB Poll

by Victor Gijsbers
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Playing Curses!, I started wondering which games belong to the canon of great puzzlefests. With this term I mean puzzle based games that are long, difficult and punishing; but also fair, engaging and truly rewarding to work through. The best works of Infocom probably belong here, as do Curses!, Anchorhead, Savoir-Faire and Varicella. But my knowledge of this corpus is hazy. Titles like Christminster, Mulldoon Legacy and Not Just an Ordinary Ballerina strike a bell, but I've never played them. Among more recent works, Counterfeit Monkey and Hadean Lands might be good examples. (The Dreamhold is perhaps not quite what I have in mind, being on the shorter side.) But I'm probably unaware of many other gems, both old and more recent. So help me by voting in the poll!

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The Wand, by Arthur DiBianca
4 votes
"This game is pure puzzles - many of them, and clever" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
3 votes
"Large puzzle game based on wordplay" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Hadean Lands, by Andrew Plotkin
3 votes
"Alchemical puzzlefest in which repetition is avoided by powerful automatic puzzle solving" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
2 votes
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Worldsmith, by Interactive Fables
2 votes
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Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
2 votes
"Adds creepiness and suspense to a genre that often felt laid-back and purely cerebral" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short
2 votes
"Brilliant game gets a distinctive feel because of the magic-based puzzles" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Curses!, by Graham Nelson
2 votes
"The great puzzlefest that showcased the strengths of Inform" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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A Beauty Cold and Austere, by Mike Spivey
2 votes
"Math Puzzlefest" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Lydia's Heart, by Jim Aikin
1 vote
"Creepy puzzlefest" [+]...

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The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Augmented Fourth, by Brian Uri!
1 vote
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Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, by One of the Bruces and Drunken Bastard
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Illuminismo Iniziato, by Michael J. Coyne
1 vote
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The Chinese Room, by Harry Giles and Joey Jones
1 vote
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First Things First, by J. Robinson Wheeler
1 vote
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The Dark World, by Terrence Bull
1 vote
"It is a very challenging game with lots of twists and turns, but is also very funny." [+]...

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Adventurer's Consumer Guide, by Řyvind Thorsby
1 vote
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Risorgimento Represso, by Michael J. Coyne
1 vote
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Varicella, by Adam Cadre
1 vote
"You must defeat your enemies rather than pass locked doors, but still a puzzlefest" [+]...

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