Atmosphere and gameplay I loved
by KathB - 5 games
"I'm not quite sure how to explain this list. These are games I loved playing because the atmosphere, structure, hinting and gameplay worked really well for my brain. In every case, once I finished I went searching for something similar."
Best fantasy games
by MathBrush - 53 games
"These are my favorite games that include some sort of magical or fantastical element. Games with mostly horror or sci-fi elements are on other lists, as are surreal games, fairy tale/nursery games, and religious/mythological games. I've..."
Best of 2015 (pre-IF Comp)
by MathBrush - 16 games
"These are my favorite games that have been released this year so far. I'm sure I've missed some good ones. I'm also including some I haven't yet played. PLEASE comment if you think any other games belong on this list."
Best of ADRIFT 5
by Denk - 19 games
"The following games are in my opinion the best ADRIFT 5 games. The games I like most have been given the highest position, except for Larry Horsfield's games, which would have taken all places in top 5, if I had not distributed them..."
Best of Level 9
by Denk - 5 games
"After Infocom and Magnetic scrolls, Level 9 is perhaps the best known IF company. Though their first games had a very primitive parser, their last games had very advanced parser similar to infocom. These are my favorites. If you can..."
Best of SpeedIF
by David Welbourn - 12 games
"SpeedIF games are often overlooked or denigrated, and usually with good reason: with only two hours to code a game, the results can be rather shoddy. Buggy. Plagued with read-author's-mind problems. But not always. Here are a few SpeedIF..."
Best Works of Science Fiction IF
by OtisTDog - 5 games
"I've always been a science fiction buff, but works worth recommending seem even fewer-and-far-between in the world of IF than they are in the world of books. This is the list of my favorites for this genre. Please feel free to comment if..."
Big, difficult games that I always return to.
by calindreams - 3 games
"Maybe I'm a masochist. I'm not very good at puzzles and I've got the attention span of a gnat. But for some reason I'm always drawn to big difficult games. I like games where you have a lot room to explore and you don't get stuck in one..."
Big, non-linear adventure games with score system
by MathBrush - 32 games
"These are classic-style games, where you have to collect a large variety of objects while exploring a cave or building. My favorite way to play these games is to start playing without hints, mapping out the world and seeing what all I..."