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."
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..."
A starter pack for those new to interactive fiction
by MathBrush - 30 games
"I had a list like this before which I deleted, but I noticed it had a lot of views on intfiction, so I thought I'd make a new one to help people out. It has 10 web-based games, 10 parser games for beginners and 10 parser games of medium..."
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."
Conversation (Heavy?) Games with I7 Source
by I4L - 2 games
"I'm finding that handling realistic conversation in Inform 7 to be something of a challenge. While the examples provided with certain extensions are useful, they only go so far. From an educational standpoint, what are some games with..."
Games with a strong PC
by Tiny Clanger - 5 games
"In some games you mustn't just act, but act in character. In most games, Captain Kirk won't be allowed to shoot Mr Spock, and obviously nonsensical acts are disallowed. But in others, the whole world and its descriptions are filtered..."
Various games I enjoyed
by Deathworks - 1 game
"This is just a list of games that I enjoyed based on their own merit. There is no special common theme to them, besides me believing that they are worth being played."
Abuses of the IF engine
by mjhayes - 21 games
"Although various interpreters were written to facilitate play and creation of interactive stories, it should be obvious that some people would find ways to write computer games using the various aspects of the interpreters."
by MathBrush - 20 games
"Games involving espionage, whether military or industrial. I've tried to put a few especially good games first, but the rest are in no particular order. This list includes games of excellent quality as well as games of lower quality."
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...."
IF that's a pleasure to READ
by Maureen - 10 games
"I have a soft spot for "literary" IF. Good writing can draw me into a story that doesn't really have much game to it, and amateur writing can wreck an otherwise good game. That's not to say I like puzzle-less IF or text dumps. I enjoy..."