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Games with extraordinary "wow" moments - an IFDB Poll

by J'onn Roger
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If there is a moment in a game that stands out to you with vivid clarity, a moment of extraordinary beauty with writing that makes you really makes you see what is taking place, list the game here. Since surprise may play a part in the "wow" of the moment, you may want to be careful about reading comments on games you haven't played. EDIT: After seeing how discreetly Emily handled surprise moments, I rewrote my original comments in an attempt to do the same.

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Photopia, by Adam Cadre
7 votes
"I know it gets mentioned a lot, discovery by the crystal maze is really wonderful." [+]... "Because Photopia." [+]... "The maze discovery" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
6 votes
"Clever, subtle and absorbing." [+]... "A number of such..." [+]... "There is a..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
6 votes
"The moment you realize the truth." [+]... "Much more than a typical fantasy game." [+]... "A dark twist that's never really explicitly said, allowing the player to come to the horrifying realization on their own terms." [+]... "That twist which..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
5 votes
"Set of combinable tools that provides a focus for problem-solving while still allowing a lot of scope to experiement" [+]... "The moment in..." [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... "People rightfully..." [+]...

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All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
4 votes
"Awesome puzzle mechanic" [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Act of Misdirection, by Callico Harrison
2 votes
"The single most..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"For the hot and..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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All Roads, by Jon Ingold
2 votes
"The scene at the..." [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Spellbreaker, by Dave Lebling
2 votes
"Several in this..." [+]... "The girgol..." [+]...

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Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, by Andrew Plotkin
2 votes
"This short game is all but made of "wow."" [+]... (No comment) [+]...

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Rameses, by Stephen Bond
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
1 vote
"A discovery involving the dragon took my breath away." [+]...

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Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna, Adam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenløv, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson
1 vote
"The water fountain" [+]...

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The Statue Got Me High, by Ryan Veeder
1 vote
"A dinner party..." [+]...

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The Space Under the Window, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"The ending always leaves an indelible impression in my mind of a moment in time lost. The window shatters." [+]...

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Kaged, by Ian Finley
1 vote
(No comment) [+]...

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Trinity, by Brian Moriarty
1 vote
"Reading the book in the cottage" [+]...

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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
1 vote
"magnificent implementation " [+]...

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The Primrose Path, by Nolan Bonvouloir
1 vote
"For a certain..." [+]...

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Dual Transform, by Andrew Plotkin
1 vote
"The 'chase' scene..." [+]...

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Ad Verbum, by Nick Montfort
1 vote
"The rooms..." [+]...

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