Either Interesting or Emotionally Involving
by Mark Jones - 8 games
"Works that have either broken conventional IF rules to some degree and have successfully gotten away with it (in my opinion), or involved a good storyline. Coincidentally, these types of games happen to be my favorite games."
Games that Brought Me Back to IF
by BeingTheWriter - 2 games
"I was really into interactive fiction about five years ago. Getting my day job killed off my time to play, as well as the death of my laptop and good enough phone. But now I'm back thanks to an app on my phone. So these are the games I..."
Most unusual games
by MathBrush - 45 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..."
Xyzzy "Best Individual Puzzle" winners
by Nusco - 19 games
"All the games that won the Best Individual Puzzle award, year by year. I'll avoid giveaway spoilers in my comments, but I'll still comment on the type and difficulty of the puzzle. I'll describe the puzzles by my own categories...."
Best of 2015 (pre-IF Comp)
by MathBrush - 16 games
"These are my favorite games that have been released this year so far. I'm sure I've missed some good ones. I'm also including some I haven't yet played. PLEASE comment if you think any other games belong on this list."
Danielle's Classic IF List
by Danielle - 7 games
"Traditional adventure games, filled with happy puzzles. Only thing is, you don't need a fancy video card to see the great graphics. Instead, just add imagination."
Games I've enjoyed
by Six31 - 8 games
"Games that I've found enjoyable, either because of their immersive environments, satisfying puzzles, or a combination of both. Games that I recommend to others who want to step into the world of interactive fiction."
Great Twine/Choice games for those skeptical of the format
by MathBrush - 15 games
"I didn't like Twine at first, but slowly I've changed my opinion about it, until now, many of my favorite games are Twine/Choice games (including Varytale or choice-style parser games). These games tend to be very different genres from..."
My Best Games
by tadsPro - 1 game
"I just began developing TADS games.I have played a few games until now but hope to play a lot in the coming days.This list will be updated frequently as i play new games.I will list my favourite games here."
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."
Innovative Interactive Fiction
by Victor Gijsbers - 7 games
"Much Interactive Fiction, and some of the best, quite obviously descends from Zork and other early Infocom text adventures. But some of it departs from that terrain, and attempts to take the medium to new and unexplored areas. I here..."