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Quirky
by Xuan Li - 5 games

Explore-the-Structure Genre
by Jim Kaplan - 8 games
"Lengthy games where the PC's express purpose is the exploration of a single complex structure, such as a museum or mansion. Progress in the game is usually measured by the segments of the structure the player has rendered accessible...."

Commercial Shouldabeens
by GameDesigner - 23 games
"Games that most likely should have been commercial rather than free."

Best fairytale/nursery rhyme games
by MathBrush - 17 games
"A selection of fairy tale games, nursery rhyme games, or games involving the Fair Folk. "

Plot-Driven IF
by Andromache - 9 games
"Some of my absolute favorite games."

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..."

My favorite games
by kmccleland5 - 3 games

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..."

Best Works of Science Fiction IF
by OtisTDog - 5 games
"I've always been a science fiction buff, but works worth recommending seem even fewer-and-far-between in the world of IF than they are in the world of books. This is the list of my favorites for this genre. Please feel free to comment if..."

2013 XYZZY Awards Nominees
by Molly - 25 games
"Here are the nominees for the 2013 XYZZY Awards, roughly by order of appearance on the finalist page. Note that this list does not cover the Best Technological Development Award."

Recommended List
by CharlietheSpiffy - 6 games

Horror
by Frotz - 2 games
"I have a thing for horror stories, particularly ones by or inspired by HP Lovecraft."

Favorites (well-built)
by Xuan Li - 14 games

Short, friendy works.
by Jaek Russel - 2 games
"While not a beginner to IF, I've been away from it for several years. Here are some games I feel are good for someone starting out or returning to IF after a long absence."


by Doug Orleans - 0 games

Some interesting games
by Atropos - 17 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..."

8-Bit Basic games under 20k
by jgerrie - 8 games

Favorite semi-linear games
by MathBrush - 19 games
"These are games like Anchorhead where you have a large amount of freedom, but you can't always return to the beginning. Generally these games are divided into chapters or days, with each one like its own mini game."

Good German language games
by ifwizz - 15 games
"The best German language games I ever played"

Puzzle-less IF
by mjhayes - 3 games
"Interactive stories without the puzzles. Most of them are short, and morbid as well, so be prepared."

Good clean fun
by blm768 - 1 game
"There's a wide variety of Interactive Fiction works out there. Unfortunately, some of them are written for a more "mature" audience, and it can be difficult to filter those out by just looking at the descriptions. The goal of this list..."

Beginner's choice.
by Grey - 13 games
"If for first time or beginner players. "

Stuff I like
by markm - 2 games
"Really, just some stuff I like"

Comedy that works
by Emily Short - 15 games
"Light-hearted, well-paced interactive humor."

Recommended ADRIFT games
by Lumin - 14 games
"There is so much IF made with ADRIFT out there. Like with any platform a certain percentage of them are just plain...not good, but there are some really fun games out there too that the community is historically terrible about..."

Favorite ALAN games
by A. Johanna DeNiro - 6 games
"These are some of my favorite games written in the ALAN IF-development language. With a lower learning curve and a more natural-language programming environment, ALAN v2 definitely filled an important role in IF before the advent of..."

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."

Must try
by Kku2611 - 36 games
"I am new to IF and collect all of the recommended games under a list for future consulting."

Combinatorial Explosion
by verityvirtue - 3 games
"Combinatorial explosion is a name fitting for a band, or a game about chemistry, but, according to mama Wikipedia, it refers to "the effect of functions that grow very rapidly as a result of combinatorial considerations". There you have..."

The Best of the Best
by bluevelvetwings - 6 games
"Whether because of amazing writing, immersive plot, unique atmosphere, or whatever else, these are the games I personally consider the best IF has to offer. ..."

Recommended
by DanMan421 - 3 games
"My Recommended Games"

My Top Three
by jbabcock10 - 3 games
"My top three favorite interactive fiction games."

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:..."

Word-play games
by Emily Short - 12 games
"Games where the text of the game is part of the puzzle."

Played and Liked
by exomarch - 15 games
"As it says"

Played, mixed opinion
by exomarch - 1 game

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..."

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."

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."

The Canonical Infocom Games
by wfaulk - 36 games
"This is a list of the canonical Infocom games in order of release, as according to the Infocom Fact Sheet."

Games that are super awesome
by Personman - 2 games
"These are the IF games that I happen to think are incredibly amazing, fantastically wonderful, supremely terrific, and really great."

A Doll's House
by verityvirtue - 7 games
"Games which feature female protagonists who mature through the progress of the game."

My Favorites
by Grey - 8 games
"My absolute favorite IFs, ordered by preference (roughly)"

My Favorite Games
by Lady Sarah - 2 games

Favorites
by jjfloatsmyboat - 1 game

Mind-benders
by Juhana - 5 games
"Games that make you think or have a surprising twist."

Ficção interativa
by Emily Short - 18 games
"IF presented so far at the 13ª Jornada Nacional de Literatura in Passo Fundo, 2009. These works were chosen for a variety of reasons: to illustrate the history of interactive fiction, to teach new players how to interact, to demonstrate..."

Silly/goofy/purposely bad games
by MathBrush - 9 games
"These are games that are funny because they are ridiculous or completely absurd. This does not include games like Tex Bonaventure or Rogue of the Multiverse which have developed plot lines and long stretches of non absurdity."

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."

Recommended ADRIFT Games
by Richard Otter - 11 games
"This is a list put together in early 2005 after a thread on the ADRIFT Forum It is not comprehensive, and not all of the games will appeal to everyone."

Favorite wordplay/puzzle/code games
by MathBrush - 16 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."

My favorite modern IF games in French
by Eriorg - 7 games
"Here are my favorite modern (i.e. since 2000) IF games in French. This selection is, of course, entirely subjective. --- Voici mes jeux IF modernes (i.e. depuis 2000) en français préférés. Ce choix est bien sûr tout à fait subjectif. "

All-Time Favorites
by mjhayes - 3 games
"These are the games that I recommend for people new to IF."

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."

First Loves
by medievalfunk - 2 games

Games of Infocom quality and length (or better)
by MathBrush - 36 games
"These are games that are as long as an Infocom game (i.e. Shade would be too short) and are as good quality (so Colossal Cave Adventure, though fun, is out). By quality, I mean the kind of things accomplished by numerous testers: few..."

My Top 10 List (Not In Order)
by Sami Preuninger - 10 games

ADRIFT Authors' Iconic Works
by DB - 33 games
"I have attempted to assemble a list of some major (and some minor) authors for the ADRIFT platform along with a game iconic of their style. The games are listed by seniority of the authors, where seniority is determined by the year of an..."

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..."

Tragedy in interactive fiction
by lobespear - 3 games
"The following games that play with the medium were used as examples of approaches to tragedy in interactive fiction at a Cambridge University lecture in 2007."

my favorites
by namekuseijin - 11 games
"Everyone got theirs, here are mine. They're in no particular order and feature varying difficulty and/or size. Every single one is great. I also have my favorite authors and I'm biased towards their IF. Good thing this is my favorites..."

Winter Wastelands
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)"

Literary IF
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..."

Favorite "atmosphere" games
by MathBrush - 37 games
"These are games that are fun because of the atmosphere and plot more than the puzzles. These games are not too hard and not too easy. They generally have a big over-arching theme. I have included most horror and comedy games in other..."

Easy, fun, short.
by Michael R. Bacon - 10 games
"Easy to get into and complete while remaining very entertaining."

Enduring Games
by AmberShards - 6 games
"These are games with memorable stories, whose characters live long after the window has closed, and in which the puzzles are an integral part of the game. "

Games I Have Played
by Canis - 9 games
"Just so I can keep track of them."

My List Of Most Fun Games Ever
by Rotonoto - 29 games
"(in purely alphabetical order)"

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..."

Favorite Games
by katiebaker10 - 3 games

The Best Puzzle Games There Ever Were
by jingold - 4 games
"Puzzle games are out of vogue these days and even if they weren't, I just don't feel like I have the time to play them any more. But when I did, I loved them, and these are the ones I loved the most."

Some Games
by Razzal - 3 games

An Incomplete List of IF That I've Come To Love
by Wes Modes - 3 games

Games I've found enjoyable
by R Headkid - 14 games

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."

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..."

intriguing games i want to play
by vincent - 20 games

"My apartment" games
by MathBrush - 15 games
"It's a trope in interactive fiction that first time author's tend to model their own home or apartment in detail as an experiment in programming. To see if this trope is true, I've created a list of 'my apartment' games. Because in most..."

My Favs
by Marshal Tenner Winter - 5 games
"These are my current favorite IFs."

All-time favorites
by Felix Pleșoianu - 7 games
"No common thread here... Turns out, I like all kinds of games. Even some puzzlefests."

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."

Recs for Ben and Amy
by Leland Paul - 10 games
"Recommendations for play-aloud IF for a roadtrip."

Recommended List
by katie087 - 3 games
"1. Lost Pig by Admiral Jota 2. Lock & Key by Adam Cadre 3. Best of Three by Emily Short "

Games set in hell
by verityvirtue - 6 games
"Games in which a major setting is hell, the underworld, Hades or some variation thereof. Omissions likely because I haven't played the game, and, as always, suggestions are welcome."

Recommended List
by akillam - 3 games

vv's comfort food IF
by verityvirtue - 8 games
"Like it says on the tin. I hope these give you a measure of comfort as well."

Highly Recommended
by Wendymoon - 10 games
"I like great writing, interesting characters, a little mystery, romance and sci-fi."

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. "

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..."

Sparky's Recommended Online Games
by Sparky901 - 3 games

Games for Handheld Devices
by Marius Müller - 5 games
"This (by no means complete list) lists game which are easy to play on Handheld devices, because they require neither extensive note-taking nor mapping."

Tim's Top Games
by timothyareeder - 3 games

Games about interactive fiction itself
by MathBrush - 20 games
"This is hopefully my last list. These are games that comment on the nature of interactive fiction or the interactive fiction community itself. The quality of these games varies wildly, and this list doesn't attempt to sort by quality...."

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..."

Games Worth Playing
by Jim Turner - 7 games
"Some of the games I liked best."

Fun for Beginners
by Raksab - 7 games
"These are games that a newcomer to IF might enjoy. They are well-implemented, not too frustrating, and help give a general idea of what kinds of things IF can do."

List of games with 'forced input'
by dutchmule - 9 games
"This is a list of games which use a specific text effect, which I call "forced input" here (don't know if it has a better name): it's when the game shows you a command prompt, but regardless of what the player types, the command that..."

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
by Lugee - 1 game

Apollo 18+20
by Teaspoon - 38 games
"Interactive fiction games, with one game per track on the album Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants. The regular tracks are generally short games. The Fingertips tracks are one-move games (however the authors interpreted that). The games..."

Best of SpeedIF
by David Welbourn - 12 games
"SpeedIF games are often overlooked or denigrated, and usually with good reason: with only two hours to code a game, the results can be rather shoddy. Buggy. Plagued with read-author's-mind problems. But not always. Here are a few SpeedIF..."

Not Too Long, Not Too Difficult
by Eric Mayer - 8 games
"Being impatient and puzzle-challenged, I prefer rather short games that I can make it through without resorting to hints every other turn. The following leap to mind, in no particular order."

Lucid's Games
by Lucid - 5 games
"Lucid's Games"

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. "

Doug's Top Ten of IF Comp 2015
by Doug Orleans - 10 games
"I played all 53 entries in IF Comp 2016. These were the top ten games on my ballot. Note that I rate games on slightly different criteria for the IF Comp than I do for IFDB; in particular, as per the Comp rules, I select my vote after..."

Danielle's List of Quick, Crazy and Silly IF
by Danielle - 3 games
"You'll have to throw out obvious rules, your sanity, or both, for these games."

This Is Actually For a Class...
by shorton2008 - 3 games
"Me attempting to fulfill requirements for a course I am taking."

Great setting
by Timo Saarinen - 3 games
"Smart puzzles and good writing don't alone make a good game. The setting and overall atmosphere are equally important."

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..."

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."

My favourite old IF games
by zhaofeng - 6 games
"Old IF games."

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..."

Light-hearted games with solveable puzzles
by Celestianpower - 4 games
"Games with comedic elements, and good, solveable puzzles."

Favorite AIF games
by Knight Errant - 2 games
"These are my favorite AIF games."

Beatloaf's list for class
by Beatloaf - 3 games

Played but did not finish
by exomarch - 7 games

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..."

TV, Film, Music and Theatre related games
by MathBrush - 18 games
"This is a collection of games that are related to the film, tv, music or theatre industries, without regard to quality."

IFDB Top 100
by Pegbiter - 100 games
"An automatically updated list utilizing an IMDb style Bayes estimator to calculate weighted ratings based on all IFDB ratings. Questions and comments can be placed here...."

Cute games
by MathBrush - 19 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..."

Cat simulators
by verityvirtue - 7 games
"Games in which the PC is a cat, or which revolve closely around a particular cat. Generally pleasant games. I have thought about whether I should include Taghairm, but... well. "

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."

Started But Unfinished Games
by GameDesigner - 10 games
"These are games that I started and never got around to finishing. I intend to finish them one at at time."

Übertweak playlist
by Dannii - 12 games
"Playlist for Übertweak"

Great religious and mythological games
by MathBrush - 18 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..."

Fun and funny
by Shadow Fox - 5 games
"These are games that captured my attention and made me laugh. All of them are lighthearted, most of them are funny, and one is just plain cute. "

Best Infocom Games
by Xervosh - 6 games
"The ones I personally enjoyed, and on that admittedly flawed basis, extrapolate you might enjoy the most as well. Presented in chronological order of release."

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."

Andromeda Series
by Infinite999 - 4 games
"This is a list for all of the games in the Andromeda Series in this recommended playing order: 1. Andromeda Awakening - The Final Cut 2. Andromeda Dreaming 3. Andromeda Apocalypse - Extended Edition 4. Andromeda Ascending"

Best superhero games
by MathBrush - 13 games
"These are games featuring superheros, with my thoughts on them. I haven't tried the Frenetic Five games yet."

Games that made me smile
by MathBrush - 37 games
"I wanted to do a list of comedy games, but I think people rarely think "I want to play a comedy game"; to me, the phrase brings up some kind of jokey, goofy game, like many of the poorly made Twine games that people make now. Instead,..."

For Ash
by Keita - 13 games
"Games I'd think she'd enjoy."

Recommended List
by ccrawley6 - 3 games

Fun Games
by AmberShards - 6 games
"These are games which are entertaining but not enduring. Play them to enjoy a spot of diversion. "

Society, Socialites and Social Climbing
by E.K. - 13 games
"Games where the protagonist has to navigate aspirational society in some way, whether it is an attempt at climbing the social ladder or avoiding those who seek to do so. Status, gossip, backstabbing and money are the orders of the day..."

Games That Will Keep You Busy For Weeks
by Raksab - 6 games
"These games are long. It may take you days, weeks, or even months to finish them. Not because the puzzles are incredibly hard (although some are), but simply because the worlds are so big and the plots so complete that it will take you a..."

Produções do Assombro
by Produções do Assombro - 1 game
"In this list you can find our best interactive fictions."

My favorite games
by Artran - 3 games

Best Games I've played so Far of new IF
by Joe Pereira - 5 games

My favorite games
by Paolo Lucchesi - 5 games
"A brief list of the games I've liked, and I would recommend to another player"

Games I Use At School
by Herr Rau - 2 games
"I teach German, English and Computer Sciences and find IF useful in all subjects."

My favorite games
by lsloan - 1 game

Great "white hat" horror games by genre
by MathBrush - 26 games
"This list does not include games intended to disgust or to make you personally feel evil. The focus is on games where good overcomes evil, or that just make you think. That is what I mean by "white hat" games. Games like Vespers or..."

Some IF I recommend
by RedTulip - 5 games
"These are some games I really liked. You should try them out. My first list."

Games to be Replayed
by Raksab - 8 games
"These games should be played through more than once, for full effect."

Hard puzzle and dungeon games, Zork I, II, and III
by WandWielder - 2 games
"Very cool. Has a good story with a nice description and background. One small problem is the lack of enemies you find during the underground..."

Best games ever
by Grueslayer - 1 game
"Best games ever"

IF for a laugh
by Maze - 6 games
"A list of games that will make you laugh. Most of them are very short, but there are a few longer ones. The order is in term of *laughs*, top to bottom."

Unique puzzle games
by Shadow Fox - 7 games
"This list is focused on shorter games that really made me think. Each one is unique, with interesting settings and mechanics. They may not be the hardest games out there, but beating these made me feel very satisfied with myself. "

Games I'd like to play
by Atropos - 10 games

Role Playing Games
by Dan Welch - 1 game
"When I was a kid, I loved to read actual books that were interactive, such as Choose Your Own Adventure books (e.g. Wizards, Warriors, & You)! You died frequently, and so you simply turned back to page 1 to try again. This list of IF..."

Pieces of Games
by Ron Newcomb - 10 games
"Sometimes the best way to understand a type of puzzle or interaction is a pithy, stand-alone example of it."

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)."

Interactive fiction top 50
by Aintelligence - 12 games
"This list is not interactive fiction's top 50, but instead my oersonal entry for the actual list. A message from VictorGijsbers: The aim is not to decide what the best IF ever is by majority vote -- that would be foolish. Rather, the..."

Favorites
by Steven - 8 games

MOON
by MÅNEMANN - 1 game
"It's the MOON list."

Games that I couldn't put down
by MathBrush - 30 games
"These are games that for some reason or over I just couldn't stop playing and thinking about. There are no specific reasons given. These aren't necessarily my favorite games; one reason they are pageturner is that the pacing is good and..."

Puzzle-light games with a strong narrative component
by schifter - 6 games

Best fantasy games
by MathBrush - 43 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..."

Romantiscience personal picks
by romantiscience - 1 game
"Read-only"

Multiple Choice
by mjhayes - 4 games
"IF pieces that use a "multiple choice" interface rather than a full parser. Might be as interactive as a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but can be thought-provoking all the same."

Underrated Menu-Driven Games
by forgepoet - 9 games
"Menu-driven games that I think should have wider exposure. Games that might not be perfect but deserve better than no reviews or no rating."

My Favourite Literary IF
by Janos Honkonen - 5 games
"These are my favourite games which I consider to be more story than puzzle based."

Annotated list of best sci-fi games
by MathBrush - 45 games
"A few months ago, I thought, "There really aren't that many sci-fi IF games". Then I started going through old games I had played, and downlaoded TADS, and was shocked at how many great sci-fi games there are. This is a list of my..."

Delron Recommended ADRIFT Games
by Richard Otter - 9 games
"This is a list of my favourite ADRIFT games, which I consider are well worth a look."

The games I like
by adorsey23 - 3 games

personal favorites from 2015
by A. 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..."

Distinctive Puzzle Style
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 10 games
"One of the most powerful techniques for rendering a game memorable is to build it around a unusual, interesting and consistent way of handling significant world interaction (or puzzles, if you prefer). It's also a difficult technique to..."

My top 10 games
by Quintin Stone - 10 games

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..."

Best Games
by kengle2 - 3 games

British setting
by Teaspoon - 5 games
"Good games in a British setting. "

Metatextual Conceits
by Michael Martin - 7 games
"Most works of IF present themselves as works of IF, to be interacted with by you, the user, much as a reader would read a novel. These games play with or reject this, by presenting themselves as some other kind of artifact, or by..."

Noteworthy Games Which Can't Be Played on iOS or the IFDB
by Walter Sandsquish - 45 games

Something Moving Under The Bed recommended IF
by Something Moving Under The Bed - 6 games

The Best of the Best
by Causevic - 3 games
"The Best Games I've played"

Detective and mystery games
by MathBrush - 30 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 I consider to be excellent
by Packhandle Failure - 10 games
"I freakin' love these games, man"

Honorable Mentions
by mjhayes - 5 games
"These are pieces of IF that were written with a specific writing concept in mind. They deserve mention for their respective authors' efforts."

Good games
by Simon Deimel - 9 games
"This is a list of games that affected me. Their contents had a certain impact on me and kept my mind busy even some time after I had finished playing."

Silly Games, that i've played.
by Charlie Marcou - 5 games

Word-play and word puzzles
by streever - 6 games
"This is my list of fun games for word-play/puzzles. Some of them have substantial stories, and some do not."

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."

Must-Play IF
by gettera - 4 games
"There are some games I think everyone should play--as I play through them, I'll add the best games here."

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."

Library
by @Johnnydjent - 1 game
"Games that I have not yet played, but will."

Laney Berry's List of Games She's Gotta Play
by Laney Berry - 13 games
"Just a little wish list put together over time, featuring way, way, way too many games I really want to play!"

Recommended Linguistic Games
by E.K. - 15 games
"Good games that use language puzzles, or language itself as the puzzle."

Faves~
by dacharya64 - 5 games
"My favorite IF games of all time, as I've played 'em. "

Tolkien's Middle-earth games
by Fredrik - 43 games
"Games that are explicitly set in the fantasy world Middle-earth, created by J.R.R. Tolkien."

Time travel games
by MathBrush - 18 games
"These are games where the main puzzles are centered on time travel. I'm splitting this off from my science fiction list. Many games include one or two time travel puzzles, such as Spellbreaker or Curses!. But this list is for games whose..."

MiSTings
by mjhayes - 3 games
"In the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000, some games were so bad that somebody decided to come along and spoof them. Not all of them work on all interpreters, but it's good to play through each one for a few laughs."

Unusual input schemes
by Felix Pleșoianu - 5 games
"Nowadays most IF is either parser-based or else choice-based. But a few games occupy a space between the lines, so to speak. These are some examples."

Big, non-linear adventure games with score system
by MathBrush - 28 games
"These are classic-style games, where you have to collect a large variety of objects while exploring a cave or building. My favorite way to play these games is to start playing without hints, mapping out the world and seeing what all I..."

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..."

IF to learn with
by Emily Short - 6 games
"A few IF games are designed to be educational (and not only for children). This is a brief overview of the ones I've found most successful."

Plot-heavy IF
by Emily Short - 10 games
"Interactive fiction with a lot of plot -- many scenes and events moving the player forward, rather than just a collection of puzzles. Some of these works are fairly difficult and do use puzzles as pacing devices, while others are low in..."

Replay puzzles
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..."

Games for Cindy
by Matt Bates - 8 games
"Games that I would love to share with you."

Vinesauce's Joel Might Love These Games
by TheVoid - 5 games
"Games Joel, aka Vargskelethor on Twitch, would likely enjoy playing for a "text Adventure Madness" stream"

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."

ZX Spectrum / SAM Adventures I enjoy
by manofthenorth - 10 games

Top 10
by zer - 10 games

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..."

Technically advanced IFs
by doppioslash - 3 games
"IFs that use bleeding edge programming techniques to generate the story/writing"

Played
by rainbowstreakedskies - 1 game

IF For Libraries
by pwaak - 11 games
"I have examined the licensing and reviews for these games. They all conform to the selection policy of a typical public library in Texas. Your mileage may vary. Academic libraries may consider this list conservative while school..."

Campus Capers
by Walter Sandsquish - 9 games
"Games set on the author's campus have the same reputation as games set at the author's home: clumsy and clunky. But, some college games have excelled ..."

To begin
by Fra Enrico - 4 games
"If you are new to the IF, I suggest to start with a bunch of games. Some are easy to play and to get into the thing, some are so great that make you fall in love with the genre."

Excellent Writing
by Ilex - 2 games

Excellent IF Games With Unfair Puzzles
by Canalboy - 5 games
"A Selection Of Enjoyable IF That Contain(s) Ridiculous Puzzles. All the games mentioned are enjoyable to me and of a very high standard generally."

Funny Games
by gamerbeauty86 - 2 games
"The following games are ones that I actually laughed at while playing and worth playing more than once simply for that reason. For some reason, I really like dry wit humor when it comes to these games and each game had a certain level of..."

Danielle's List of Avant Garde IF
by Danielle - 2 games
"Artsy, Sophisticated, and often Insane. Know of any others I should try? Let me know!"

A New IF Players List
by JSR - 4 games

Games
by Gaal24 - 3 games
"my favorite games "

RPG Games
by mjhayes - 4 games
"IF that integrates common elements of role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons"

Puzzle Based Small Games
by NiMuSi - 6 games
"Small games where the emphasis is on the puzzles. These small games all have puzzles with, on the main, logical answers. "

Computer Assisted Language Learning
by Fredrik - 13 games
"As an English teacher I have sometimes used IF as a tool for language learning. IF is exceptionally well suited for that purpose, except for two things: 1) Most good games use very advanced language, too difficult for non-advanced..."

Linear games
by Felix Pleșoianu - 5 games
"The common wisdom holds that IF's greatest strength is the freedom it grants to the player (or at least the illusion thereof). Yet some of the best IF ever is highly linear."

Linear thriller games
by MathBrush - 14 games
"These are games that are pretty straightforward, and which are designed to be easy enough that you can keep moving forward while hard enough to make you nervous. These games get your blood pumping."

Games for beginners
by Eric Eve - 10 games
"Many of the games in this list are ones I enjoyed as a beginner, but the main aim of this list is to suggest games that are reasonably short and not too hard (so that enjoyment should generally exceed frustration!), and which should..."

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 Romances
by Emily Short - 13 games
"IF in the romance genre is rare; here are a few I thought worked well."

Games That Made Me Cry
by gobbldygook - 1 game
"I just recently started playing IF games, and have had a variety of experiences - this list collects the games I've played that moved me on a deeply emotional level. "

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..."

Doug's Top Ten of IF Comp 2016
by Doug Orleans - 10 games
"I played all but one of the 58 entries in IF Comp 2016 (I couldn't play Labyrinth of Loci because I don't have access to Windows or Mac OS). These were the top ten games on my ballot. Note that I rate games on slightly different criteria..."

Games for my Introduction to IF class
by Pure - 1 game
"Only the best for my students"

Historical Setting
by Teaspoon - 5 games
"Some good games with a historical setting. Will be added to as I go along. "

Deep and long puzzle adventures
by Maze - 6 games
"I always loved adventures. And I like them long and involving, with good, difficult puzzles. This is a list of the best ones I played. I placed Infocom's games in last place, not because they're no good, but because they're usually not..."

Original Favorites from My FIrst Day
by NosesAreAlive - 3 games
"Anything I liked on my first day on this site"

Danielle's Must-Play IF List
by Danielle - 9 games
"A list of my personal faves. The format and difficulty of these games vary. The quality, however, does not. I pondered on many of these games long after I finished them, and I hope you enjoy the depth of these works as well."

Disturbing
by evil tabby cat - 2 games
"These are games which either sent a shiver down my spine, or made me look at reality differently. Only including games I've actually completed."

Thoughtful Games
by ToALonelyPeace - 4 games
"provoking, intriguing games I have played"

Fictions interactives pour enfants en français
by dutchmule - 8 games
"Cette liste donne des idées de fictions interactives appropriées et recommandées pour les enfants. Listé par ordre alphabétique. Merci à Otto pour la liste originale."

Twine SFX 2015
by verityvirtue - 4 games
"Twines released in 2015 which use interesting effects (which I, er, want to use as well. Yes.). Suggestions welcome."

Games of Awesomeness
by Christopher Caesar - 3 games
"My favorite text games so far."

Creepy
by Ilex - 1 game

For My Correspondence Course
by TaciturnScribe - 3 games

Favorite Games
by Ron Newcomb - 6 games
"Quality games friendly to those of us new to Interactive Fiction and who would have little patience with the text adventures of old."

Reference
by mjhayes - 3 games
"Some files were created as references to other IF at the time, or even as educational interactive tutorials. Here they get their own obscure place in the spotlight."

Memorable Settings
by Emily Boegheim - 10 games
"Games with memorable settings or landscapes - not necessarily deeply implemented, but vividly described or intriguing in concept."

A timeline of some important games for authors
by MathBrush - 28 games
"This is a timeline of some highly influential games that used innovative techniques or left a mark on future games. I have not included 2015 games yet because it's hard to know what mark they will leave on the future. It leaves out games..."

Good Games, Poor Parser
by tggdan3 - 5 games
"Games that you should just grit your teeth and try to complete, despite the poor parser, either because of great story or puzzles. "