Great games in a mostly realistic setting
by MathBrush - 39 games
"These are games that for the most part don't contain magical elements or futuristic technology. This includes games where there might be magic or futuristic technology, but you don't know until the end. So several of these games do..."
Detective and mystery games
by MathBrush - 32 games
"These are games where you play a detective or someone else investigating a mystery. Most of them are realistic games which I am splitting off of my realistic list. Some are more magical or science fi-ish."
Games made with Twine 2/Harlowe
by prof_yaffle - 6 games
"A list of games which were made in version 2 of Twine using the Harlowe story format. Useful for people who are learning Harlowe and want to find games to learn from."
Zorkian fantasy games
by MathBrush - 27 games
"My best fantasy games list is getting too long, so I decided to branch off a list of all Zorkian fantasy games. These are games that have a vague fantasy setting where anachronisms or inconsistencies are allowed, the game is goofy or..."
Best fantasy games
by MathBrush - 44 games
"These are my favorite games that include some sort of magical or fantastical element. Games with mostly horror or sci-fi elements are on other lists, as are surreal games, fairy tale/nursery games, and religious/mythological games. I've..."
by verityvirtue - 13 games
"Games set in the Arctic, Antarctic, or any other cold wilderness. Preferably with the isolation and harsh environment featuring prominently. Suggestions welcome. (Sorting is random, but games I have played come higher up)"
personal favorites from 2015
by Anya Johanna DeNiro - 9 games
"These are probably idiosyncratic, and I haven't hit nearly everything I probably ought to have. While I play catch up I'll hope to add to this list a bit as well. Also, there are a few IF works that are not yet in IFDB that deserve..."
The People's Revolutionary Game List
by verityvirtue - 6 games
"Games set in dystopias inspired by the Soviet Union. Often involves bureaucracy, wrongful imprisonment and revolution. Suggestions welcome."
A timeline of Lovecraftian horror
by MathBrush - 13 games
"Lovecraftian games are oddly overrepresented in IF, both among IF in general, and among great IF games. They seem to be a good fit for the exploratory form of parser IF. Most of these games hit up all of the big-ticket Lovecraft items:..."
Favorite wordplay/puzzle/code games
by MathBrush - 17 games
"Games whose main 'genre' is wordplay. This list does not include games like the Edifice or Suveh Nux which have significant wordplay elements, but which are not the focus of the story."
Great religious and mythological games
by MathBrush - 19 games
"My "Best Fantasy" list was growing too big, so I'm splitting off the religious, mythological, and afterlife games. Some games like Curses! have a lot of religious and mythological references, but this list focuses on games where it's the..."
Most unusual games
by MathBrush - 44 games
"These are games that are very different than most games on IFDB. Some games that are exceptional in execution (like Counterfeit Monkey) are derived from concepts that are similar to other games (like Andrew Schultz's or Ad Verbum). This..."
Surreal/trippy/metaphor/mind's journey, with two worlds
by MathBrush - 30 games
"There is a big genre of games where you explore a metaphorical region of dreams or symbolism, and which has meaning in the 'real world'. I love this genre, and these are my favorite examples of the genre. I only include games where there..."
Great "lunchtime length" games
by MathBrush - 37 games
"These are games that can generally be completed in 30 minutes or less. Some can be completed much faster. Included in this list are games that have multiple endings that can individually be reached quickly. It also includes several Twiny..."
Forgotten Treasures of IFDB
by MathBrush - 29 games
"These are games that are great, either in my opinion or in many others, but which have been forgotten. By forgotten, I mean it satisfies the following: 1. Not an IfComp or XYZZY Best Game winner, 2. Not in Best 50 Interactive Fiction..."