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Literary IF

Recommendations by streever (America)

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 different perspectives and viewpoints.

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1. Bee
by Emily Short
(2012)
Average member rating: (53 ratings)

streever says:

This is an excellent literary game. Consistently well-written, Bee tells a deeper story about childhood and family, through subtle impressions.

2. my father's long, long legs
by michael lutz
(2013)
Average member rating: (65 ratings)

streever says:

Creepy and evocative. Well-written and rich with symbolism--kept me thinking for long after I'd played it.

3. Make It Good
by Jon Ingold
(2009)
Average member rating: (59 ratings)

streever says:

Atmosphere, concept, and execution all work here. Dialogue and story are believable although derivative. Will inspire a lot of reflection and thought as you progress, especially as you confront the possible suspect...

4. Counterfeit Monkey
by Emily Short
(2012)
Average member rating: (74 ratings)

streever says:

An entire world, communicated and created with a minimum of prose. Very well done, with an extensive history and culture, which is communicated in clean writing.

5. Ollie Ollie Oxen Free, by Carolyn VanEseltine (2013)
Average member rating: (19 ratings)
streever says:

This game suffers mechanically at times, but the mechanics are wedded to the concept, which is creative and novel. Very deep story questioning military engagement and the cost of war. Well-written and poignant.

6. The Act of Misdirection
by Callico Harrison
(2004)
Average member rating: (46 ratings)

streever says:

I love this game--a rough gem which should leave you with many questions and thoughts.


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