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Must-play games - an IFDB Poll

by Jeff Sonas
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I am looking for the games that, in your opinion, you simply must have played in order to really call yourself an IF aficionado. Or if someone wanted to play N number of IF games in order to get as good an overview of the IF classics (contemporary or ancient) as possible, then you would recommend these N games. Thus you might sacrifice some quality because you think a game played a key role historically or exemplifies an important topic.

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Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
22 votes
"Ridiculously intriguing" [+]... "Infocomesque" [+]... "Balanced, atmospheric, well implemented, big and fair" [+]... "Even if you don't..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Epic, well-done,..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Zork I, by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
16 votes
"You are likely to be eaten by a grue" [+]... "Classic Original" [+]... "It's Zork!" [+]... "In the beginning, there was ZORK" [+]... "Never really got old" [+]... "Throwing that leaflet" [+]... "It's a classic, maaan!" [+]... "When an IF game..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
16 votes
"fiction, puzzling narrative, great writing" [+]... "Very well-made" [+]... "So hugely..." [+]... "Easiest to get..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Historically..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Galatea, by Emily Short
15 votes
"Best NPC and conversation." [+]... "Renewed my interest in the form" [+]... "A must-play for..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "To see what IF..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
11 votes
"More an experience than a game. Immerse yourself." [+]... "Impressive on so many levels. Especially impressive is how nuanced the game is. Desicions that I didn't at first think of as important affected my relationships, etc." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "A landmark..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
9 votes
"Top-notch puzzling narrative and puzzle-design." [+]... "A classic" [+]... "Tells a great story you couldn't tell in another medium." [+]... "This whole game is pretty much a cold open " [+]... "The game that..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... "Challenging, but..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Adventure, by William Crowther and Donald Woods
8 votes
"The original." [+]... "Xyzzy. Twisty little passages" [+]... "The first IF..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "If you're into..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Trinity, by Brian Moriarty
7 votes
"A brilliant from The Infocom era" [+]... "One of the most deeply engaging commercial computer games ever" [+]... "Infocom's finest hour" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
6 votes
"A claustrophobic Role-Playing-Game in the most strict sense" [+]... "Quite possibly..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Curses!, by Graham Nelson
6 votes
"One of the early 'modern' works of IF" [+]... "A big original Infocom-quality game with plenty of puzzles and good prose" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Planetfall, by Steve Meretzky
6 votes
"Join the Stellar patrol and see...a mop and bucket?" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "This one one of..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
5 votes
"Excellent use of medium" [+]... "My favourite..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Steve Meretzky
4 votes
"Emotionally-engaging, richly detailed classic." [+]... "A masterpiece" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents "Detective", by C. E. Forman, Graeme Cree, and Stuart Moore
4 votes
"Palatable intro to some of the ways IF can be terrible" [+]... "This is absolutely hilarious" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Enchanter, by Marc Blank, Dave Lebling
4 votes
"Best work of the classic Blank/Lebling collaboration" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Metamorphoses, by Emily Short
3 votes
"Set new standards for mechanical puzzles" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Gun Mute, by C.E.J. Pacian
3 votes
"Shows IF's limits aren't always obstacles to surmount" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Babel, by Ian Finley
3 votes
"Thrilling & captivating " [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
2 votes
"Amazing writing, amazing atmosphere." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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All Roads, by Jon Ingold
2 votes
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The Hobbit, by Philip Mitchell and Veronika Megler
2 votes
"Limited parser but with flavour!" [+]... "Revolutionized IF..." [+]...

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Adventureland, by Scott Adams
2 votes
"Set the standards..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... "A unique way of..." [+]...

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Whom The Telling Changed, by Aaron A. Reed
2 votes
"A modern masterpiece" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short
2 votes
"truly brilliant, old school-esque" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Deadline, by Marc Blank
2 votes
"The first really good murder mystery" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Andromeda Apocalypse Extended Edition, by Marco Innocenti
2 votes
"This one has it all" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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PataNoir, by Simon Christiansen
2 votes
(No comment) [+]... "A novel puzzle..." [+]...

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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
2 votes
"Uses several tricks best enabled by IF in service of big ambitions" [+]... "The best piece of..." [+]...

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1893: A World's Fair Mystery, by Peter Nepstad
1 vote
"Colossal and well written." [+]...

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A Fire Darkly: Chapter 1, by Louis Rakovich
1 vote
"Dark, beautifully-written and fun" [+]...

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The Axe of Kolt, by Larry Horsfield
1 vote
"1991 adventure convention award: Best text only 8-bit adventure" [+]...

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Kaged, by Ian Finley
1 vote
"great plot twists" [+]...

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The Mulldoon Legacy, by Jon Ingold
1 vote
"Clever, Atmospheric Massive Puzzlefest By A Master " [+]...

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Mindwheel, by Robert Pinsky, William Mataga, Steve Hales
1 vote
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