Favorites (games that will get you hooked on IF)
by crown_etherette - 6 games
"This list is for Vern and includes my favorite titles to date. I prefer puzzle games with extensive environments to explore."
Best fantasy games
by MathBrush - 48 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 streever - 6 games
"Games that have literary merit make this list. To be accepted, a game should: 1. Evoke deeper themes and meaning, without being blunt. 2. Consistently employ good writing, both in dialogue and descriptions. 3. Tell a rich story from..."
Active Non-player Characters
by Emily Short - 26 games
"Games which make use of non-player characters that have a great deal of independence, often moving around and acting on their own, or taking the lead in conversation. Some of these are more successful than others, but all are likely to..."
IF Playlist for the Brontoboards
by Molly - 27 games
"This is a list I created as a general guide to interactive fiction for a thread I'm making on Brontoforumus. I'm trying to give a good overview to both parser IF (usually called "text adventures") and choice-based IF (or..."
by Emily Short - 7 games
"Games which are entirely devoted to a single big puzzle, usually one that the player has to replay a number of times to get exactly right. Often these involve time restrictions or events that the player has to observe in order to..."
Richly simulated worlds
by Emily Short - 9 games
"IF in which the setting is especially deeply simulated, especially works that implement traditionally difficult systems (fire, liquid, ropes, recording devices, etc)."
by MathBrush - 21 games
"These are games which are cute and/or sweet, in the sense that they are pleasant, relaxing, appropriate for children, or meant to warm your heart. This doesn't include absurdist games or more traditional fairy tales with strong elements..."
Games for IASQ
by Leland Paul - 7 games
"Recommendations for linguist-friends, intended to a) be a good introduction to the medium and b) show off things that you can accomplish in this medium that don't really work elsewhere. This should supplement, not replace, the excellent..."