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Games for Beginners - an IFDB Poll

by WriterBob
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I'm looking for games that are suited for adults who are new to IF. My purpose is to share these games with friends and let them get experience IF without being frustrated by mazes or guess-the-verb issues. Please avoid children's games. I'm interested in both traditional plot driven games as well as esoteric experimental pieces. These games should not only be forgiving, but demonstrate the interactive nature of the medium.

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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
29 votes
"Love it." [+]... "Very amusing, and something about the caveman dialogue makes it easier to 'think' in the syntax of IF." [+]... "My first completion" [+]... "good puzzles, good story" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "I tried it out on..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "- Extremely..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "This is a..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Bronze, by Emily Short
16 votes
"I can't recommend Bronze highly enough." [+]... "Good help for beginners; not too hard; interesting story" [+]... "Great introduction to exploration-type plots, with "go-to" commands that aid navigation and generally excellent hint system" [+]... "Standard, yet special" [+]... "brilliant exploration and discovery mechanics in a good story" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Without being too..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
15 votes
"Thrilling, puzzleless and highly competent" [+]... "Well-written, engaging, moving" [+]... "Great speech system" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "An emotionally..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "A literary work..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "An easy game, if..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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9:05, by Adam Cadre
13 votes
"Short, funny, a must-see replay" [+]... "Simple, fun and quick." [+]... "I tried giving this to some people who never played IF, it was a success!" [+]... "Simple, fun, eye-opening!" [+]... "Great beginners game!!" [+]... "Short and easy to get the hang of with a great plot twist" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
12 votes
"Designed for beginners" [+]... "Not too hard" [+]... "Designed to tutor..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Beautiful fantasy..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
9 votes
(No comment) [+]... "Contains many..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "The most fully..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian
9 votes
"Linear" [+]... "Simple and efficient" [+]... "Limited verb set, great setting" [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Simple, fun, and..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Wishbringer, by Brian Moriarty
8 votes
"Two ways to solve every puzzle" [+]... "Charming" [+]... "Made me fall in love with IF" [+]... "Enchanting" [+]... "Multiple solutions and logical puzzles" [+]... "My favorite IF." [+]... "officially introductory" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Violet, by Jeremy Freese
6 votes
"Polished, contemporary, amusing, and a little romantic" [+]... "Especially appealing to women, IMHO" [+]... "Short, Simple, Funny" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Glowgrass, by Nate Cull
6 votes
"This is a nicely..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "More like an..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
6 votes
"Incredible, oddly suspenseful" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Short, quick, and..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Short,..." [+]...

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Yes, Another Game with a Dragon!, by John Kean
5 votes
"The writing is solid, and all the puzzles can be solved with simple experimentation." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Comprehensive..." [+]...

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Babel, by Ian Finley
5 votes
"Cohesive, great atmosphere, appropriate length and difficulty for a beginner. " [+]... "Small inventory, clear puzzles, no sudden-death. " [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
4 votes
"My absolute favourite IF." [+]... "Many beginner..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Aisle, by Sam Barlow
4 votes
"Only one move" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
4 votes
"The one which caught me into IF" [+]... "Fairly short,..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
3 votes
"Nice help/hint system, "polite", e.g., u can't really get killed. Puzzles weren't outlandish to solve, & hints helped if u get stuck. Wasn't thrilled w/the ending, but perhaps there is more than 1." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Superluminal Vagrant Twin, by C.E.J. Pacian
3 votes
"Non-linear, well..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Plant, by Michael J. Roberts
3 votes
"One of my favorites" [+]... "Flows nicely, bug-free." [+]... "My first IF" [+]...

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I-0, by Anonymous
3 votes
"Short and silly with multiple paths!" [+]... "Exploration makes things easy" [+]... "Very hard to make..." [+]...

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Walker & Silhouette, by C.E.J. Pacian
3 votes
"Amusing and forgiving." [+]... "wonderful, although actually hypertext" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Galatea, by Emily Short
3 votes
"Amazing NPC interactions" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Ecdysis, by Peter Nepstad
2 votes
"short & sweet" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Lime Ergot, by Caleb Wilson (as Rust Blight)
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... "Unusual and..." [+]...

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Castle of the Red Prince, by C.E.J. Pacian
2 votes
"Unusual game..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Party Foul, by Brooks Reeves
2 votes
"has some..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Mrs. Pepper's Nasty Secret, by Jim Aikin and Eric Eve
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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rendition, by nespresso
2 votes
"esoteric, experimental, but with simple gameplay mechanic" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Ether, by MathBrush
2 votes
"First parser game I enjoyed" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Suveh Nux, by David Fisher
2 votes
"Contains little..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Earth and Sky, by Paul O'Brian
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Raising the Flag on Mount Yo Momma, by Juhana Leinonen
1 vote
"Simplified..." [+]...

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Asylum, by cpuguy89
1 vote
"Short and simple, includes only the most basic commands." [+]...

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All Hope Abandon, by Eric Eve
1 vote
"Very complete..." [+]...

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Mortlake Manor, by Ben Chenoweth
1 vote
"Can't die, but with mazes and a ghost!" [+]...

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Hunger Daemon, by Sean M. Shore
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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TOMBs of Reschette, by Richard Goodness
1 vote
"Twine adventure..." [+]...

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Cryptozookeeper, by Robb Sherwin
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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The Game Formerly Known as Hidden Nazi Mode, by Victor Gijsbers
1 vote
"Quick and easy kid's game" [+]...

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Myriad, by Porpentine
1 vote
"Choose Your Own..." [+]...

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Dinner Bell, by Jenni Polodna
1 vote
"One-room game..." [+]...

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Afflicted, by Doug Egan
1 vote
"I used this game..." [+]...

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Ka, by Dan Efran
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Enlightenment, by Taro Ogawa
1 vote
"Fun one-room..." [+]...

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It Is Pitch Black, by Caelyn Sandel
1 vote
"Atmospheric Twine..." [+]...

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Being There, by Jordan Magnuson
1 vote
"Excellent game for beginners, since you cannot get stuck and the whole aim is just to interact with the environment in every imaginable way." [+]...

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La Noche del Ensayo, by Guillermo Crespi
1 vote
"One of the few..." [+]...

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Les espions ne meurent jamais, by Hugo Labrande
1 vote
"One action per playthrough. Big reward" [+]...

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The Surprising Case of Brian Timmons, by Marshal Tenner Winter
1 vote
"really easy and fun" [+]...

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The Acorn Court, by Todd S. Murchison
1 vote
"Well it depends..." [+]...

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The Gostak, by Carl Muckenhoupt
1 vote
"It may sound odd..." [+]...

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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
1 vote
"It was my own first parser game." [+]...

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Dial C for Cupcakes, by Ryan Veeder
1 vote
"modern-day setting, fun, not very difficult" [+]...

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Inhumane, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"Treasure hunt..." [+]...

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An Act of Murder, by Christopher Huang
1 vote
"It's free of puzzles but requires logic to solve" [+]...

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Balances, by Graham Nelson
1 vote
"short, deep, got me hooked into IF to this day" [+]...

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So, You've Never Played a Text Adventure Before, Huh?, by Ryan Veeder
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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