Richly simulated worlds
by Emily Short - 9 games
"IF in which the setting is especially deeply simulated, especially works that implement traditionally difficult systems (fire, liquid, ropes, recording devices, etc)."
Role Playing Games
by Dan Welch - 1 game
"When I was a kid, I loved to read actual books that were interactive, such as Choose Your Own Adventure books (e.g. Wizards, Warriors, & You)! You died frequently, and so you simply turned back to page 1 to try again. This list of IF..."
Short, friendy works.
by Jaek Russel - 2 games
"While not a beginner to IF, I've been away from it for several years. Here are some games I feel are good for someone starting out or returning to IF after a long absence."
Silly/goofy/purposely bad games
by MathBrush - 9 games
"These are games that are funny because they are ridiculous or completely absurd. This does not include games like Tex Bonaventure or Rogue of the Multiverse which have developed plot lines and long stretches of non absurdity."
Society, Socialites and Social Climbing
by E.K. - 13 games
"Games where the protagonist has to navigate aspirational society in some way, whether it is an attempt at climbing the social ladder or avoiding those who seek to do so. Status, gossip, backstabbing and money are the orders of the day..."
by MathBrush - 21 games
"Games involving espionage, whether military or industrial. I've tried to put a few especially good games first, but the rest are in no particular order. This list includes games of excellent quality as well as games of lower quality."
Stiffy Through The Ages
by Ivanr - 7 games
"One of the most enduring characters in interactive fiction is a guy named Stiffy. Stiffy Makane. A misogynistic, notoriously ill-coded three-room game from 1997 launched an enduring inside joke, and over the past 20 years the ribald id..."