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Recommendations by Shadow Fox (Texas)

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.

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1. The Gostak
by Carl Muckenhoupt
(2001)
Average member rating: (46 ratings)

Shadow Fox says:

This game is best played by someone already familiar with IF and its standard responses. The entire thing is a puzzle, but I not only found myself thinking about it when I wasn't playing it, some of the odd words crept into my vocabulary for awhile.

2. All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows (2004)
Average member rating: (66 ratings)
Shadow Fox says:

Brilliant. Satisfying. Loved it.

3. Ka
by Dan Efran
(2010)
Average member rating: (14 ratings)

Shadow Fox says:

Puzzle-driven, very unique, interesting atmosphere.

4. The Djinni Chronicles
by J. D. Berry
(2000)
Average member rating: (30 ratings)

Shadow Fox says:

Again, interesting and unique. The djinni's limits and powers really made this game for me.

5. The Moonlit Tower, by Yoon Ha Lee (2002)
Average member rating: (50 ratings)
Shadow Fox says:

The storyline is abstract and full of symbolism from asian mythology. The author's imagery was absolutely beautiful.

6. Suveh Nux
by David Fisher
(2007)
Average member rating: (160 ratings)

Shadow Fox says:

Ah, this one. In the end I needed help to complete it, but the excitement of interpreting a langauge and inventing spells got my attention right away. It may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

7. Dual Transform
by Andrew Plotkin
(2010)
Average member rating: (83 ratings)

Shadow Fox says:

Intriguing premise and interesting mechanics, combined with compelling imagery made this one memorable.


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