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Games that I couldn't put down

Recommendations by MathBrush

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 puzzles always have a way forward.

Many games that I love aren't in here because there's some emotional distance or have you stop and mull things over for a while.

These are essentially all dramas, mostly dark, because I find it easier to put down comedy or lighter ganes.

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1. Hadean Lands
by Andrew Plotkin
(2014)
Average member rating: (30 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Commercial game. 5-30 hours. Huge, complex alchemy game. Puzzling out plotline is fun, and there's always something to do. Great organizational tools.

2. Sorcery! 3
by Steve Jackson and inkle
(2015)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Commercial game. 2-6 hours with high replay value. Click based. High fantasy genre.

3. Choice of Robots
by Kevin Gold
(2014)
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Commercial game. 30-120 minutes with high replay value. Stats based choice game. Create a robot and live out a lifetime.

4. Worlds Apart
by Suzanne Britton
(1999)
Average member rating: (73 ratings)

MathBrush says:

A truly novel length game. 8-20 hours. TADS game. Sci fi about sentient humanoid dolphins.

5. Theatre, by Brendon Wyber (1995)
Average member rating: (68 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Z-code. One of the earliest such games. 4-12 hours. Long, medium difficulty. Explore a haunted theatre.

6. Spellbreaker
by Dave Lebling
(1985)
Average member rating: (42 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Commercial game. Infocoms longest game. 30-40 hours. Magic is failing and you have to save it.

7. One Eye Open
by Caelyn Sandel (as Colin Sandel) and Carolyn VanEseltine
(2010)
Average member rating: (33 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z machine. Long game. 4-6 hours. Gory horror in a hospital.

8. Eidolon, by A.D. Jansen (2014)
Average member rating: (27 ratings)
MathBrush says:

2-4 hour long Twine game. Dark fairy tale.

9. You are Standing at a Crossroads
by Astrid Dalmady
(2014)
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

MathBrush says:

30-60 minute Twine game. Dreamlike creepy game.

10. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (275 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z machine. Very long, 1-2 weeks of casual gameplay or a day or two of full time playing. Lovecraftian horror set in Maine.

11. Adventure
by William Crowther and Donald Woods
(1976)
Average member rating: (78 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z-machine port. First IF ever. Explore a forest and cave. More puzzles than the rest, but I spent a month trying to beat it without hints.

12. Building
by Poster
(2005)
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z machine. Long, difficult game with no walkthrough. Over the top abandoned business horror. I don't expect anyone else to be consumed with this one, but I liked it.

13. Chancellor, by Kevin Venzke (2005)
Average member rating: (15 ratings)
MathBrush says:

TADS. Several hours long. Explore two dark worlds, one fantasy and one in a university.

14. Creatures Such As We
by Lynnea Glasser
(2014)
Average member rating: (58 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Choicescript game. Free. 1-2 hours. A person on the moon is lonely and plays videogames.

15. Eurydice
by Anonymous
(2012)
Average member rating: (32 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z code. 1 hour. From reality, go to hades to bring back a friend. Haunting.

16. Fate
by Victor Gijsbers
(2007)
Average member rating: (39 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z-machine. Many replays, each 10-30 minutes long. Dark fantasy, a queen tries to foil prophecies of her child's death.

17. Fish Bowl
by Ethan Rupp and Joshua Rupp
(2012)
Average member rating: (24 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z code. Short. A creepy game on the beach.

18. Following Me
by Tia Orisney
(2014)
Average member rating: (15 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Twine. Two women are pursued in the woods. 30-60 minutes.

19. Hana Feels
by Gavin Inglis
(2015)
Average member rating: (42 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Something like Twine with nice images. 30-60 minutes. About self-harm. Made by a government.

20. howling dogs
by Porpentine
(2012)
Average member rating: (84 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Twine. 30-45 minutes. Explore allegories about confinement, reality, and injustice to women.

21. Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin (1999)
Average member rating: (102 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Z-machine. 1-2 hours. A claustrophobic cat-and-mouse type game in a cave with abundant environmental details.

22. Nightfall
by Eric Eve
(2008)
Average member rating: (46 ratings)

MathBrush says:

TADS. 1-4 hours. Stop a plot in a huge city at night. Nice GO TO command.

23. Plundered Hearts
by Amy Briggs
(1987)
Average member rating: (48 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Commercial. A late Infocom game. A pirate romance with swashbuckling, perhaps infocoms best story.

24. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (316 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z-machine. 30-90 minutes. Psychological horror. No gore.

25. The Shadow in the Cathedral
by Ian Finley and Jon Ingold
(2009)
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z-machine. Former commercial. 2-5 hours. Big, fast paced steam punk game.

26. Snatches, by Gregory Weir (2005)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Z machine. About 1 hour. Play as several PCs fleeing something unknown. Somewhat unpolished.

27. Tangaroa Deep
by Astrid Dalmady
(2016)
Average member rating: (23 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Twine. 30 minutes. Descend into thee depths in a submarine.

28. Thanksgiving
by Hannah Powell-Smith
(2015)
Average member rating: (9 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Twine. About 30 minutes. Experience a tense thanksgiving dinner.

29. Who Among Us, by Tia Orisney (2013)
Average member rating: (10 ratings)
MathBrush says:

Twine. 30-90 minutes. An adaptation of And Then There Were None in a Russian observatory.

30. Fingertips: I Hear the Wind Blow
by Jacqueline A. Lott
(2012)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

MathBrush says:

Z code. Very short. Wake up in the darkness, hearing the wind blow.


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