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Enduring Classics of Parser IF

Recommendations by Ivanr

There are probably other lists like this, but this one is mine. Canonical/classic/highly-regarded works of (noncommercial, parser) IF that have stood the test of time -- i.e., that are at least fifteen years old (an arbitrary cutoff) as of 2018, and are still widely played and discussed, as much as any parser stuff is.

These are listed chronologically, and alphabetically within year. I might add more extensive commentary later, but for now I just want to have the list, to remember.

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1. Curses!
by Graham Nelson
(1993)
Average member rating: (100 ratings)

2. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (286 ratings)

3. Photopia
by Adam Cadre
(1998)
Average member rating: (446 ratings)

4. Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin (1998)
Average member rating: (223 ratings)

5. 9:05
by Adam Cadre
(2000)
Average member rating: (416 ratings)

6. Galatea
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (253 ratings)

7. Rameses
by Stephen Bond
(2000)
Average member rating: (99 ratings)

8. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (332 ratings)

9. Slouching Towards Bedlam
by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
(2003)
Average member rating: (168 ratings)


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