Most Fun to Play
by bluevelvetwings - 6 games
"These games have unique gameplay or character perspective. Most have unique mechanics or are otherwise just different. I had a lot of fun with all of these."
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."
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."
Puzzle-less or puzzle-light
by Felix Pleșoianu - 5 games
"The relative importance of puzzles in IF is a matter of some contention. But there's no doubt that puzzleless IF *can* be great. Here are some examples."
Highly polished gameplay
by Emily Short - 10 games
"Games that are exceptionally well-tested and smooth to play. They may not always be the most original works, but the implementation is strong, offering minimal frustration with guess-the-verb and other common flaws."
Games with a Time Travel Puzzle
by tggdan3 - 5 games
"Maybe the whole game isn't about time travel, but I really got into some games when they had a time travel puzzle in it- especially when it can be difficult to implement such a puzzle. "
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..."
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..."
Games what I like (for John)
by insufficient data - 21 games
"These are some games that I like! They tend to err on the side of puzzle-y vs pure story games, and on the more polite side of the cruelty scale. "
Recommended Horror Games
by E.K. - 10 games
"My horror preference is literary with a strong atmosphere, so those types of games will make a stronger showing here than splatterfests, but I have an affection for some of those too. List currently in progress."