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."
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..."
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."
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..."
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..."
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. "
Games about interactive fiction itself
by MathBrush - 22 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...."
List of games with 'forced input'
by dutchmule - 10 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..."