Camp/"So Bad It's Good"
by Ivanr - 6 games
"It might seem strange that a video game, which relies on consistent and effortful coding in order to deliver any kind of experience, could be "so bad it's good" in the way that an Ed Wood movie is. But it can happen, as this list..."
by verityvirtue - 7 games
"Games in which the PC is a cat, or which revolve closely around a particular cat. Generally pleasant games. I have thought about whether I should include Taghairm, but... well. "
by verityvirtue - 3 games
"Combinatorial explosion is a name fitting for a band, or a game about chemistry, but, according to mama Wikipedia, it refers to "the effect of functions that grow very rapidly as a result of combinatorial considerations". There you have..."
Computer Assisted Language Learning
by Fredrik - 15 games
"As an English teacher I have sometimes used IF as a tool for language learning. IF is exceptionally well suited for that purpose, except for two things: 1) Most good games use very advanced language, too difficult for non-advanced..."
Conversation (Heavy?) Games with I7 Source
by I4L - 2 games
"I'm finding that handling realistic conversation in Inform 7 to be something of a challenge. While the examples provided with certain extensions are useful, they only go so far. From an educational standpoint, what are some games with..."
by MathBrush - 21 games
"These are games which are cute and/or sweet, in the sense that they are pleasant, relaxing, appropriate for children, or meant to warm your heart. This doesn't include absurdist games or more traditional fairy tales with strong elements..."
Danielle's Classic IF List
by Danielle - 7 games
"Traditional adventure games, filled with happy puzzles. Only thing is, you don't need a fancy video card to see the great graphics. Instead, just add imagination."
Danielle's Must-Play IF List
by Danielle - 9 games
"A list of my personal faves. The format and difficulty of these games vary. The quality, however, does not. I pondered on many of these games long after I finished them, and I hope you enjoy the depth of these works as well."
Deep and long puzzle adventures
by Maze - 6 games
"I always loved adventures. And I like them long and involving, with good, difficult puzzles. This is a list of the best ones I played. I placed Infocom's games in last place, not because they're no good, but because they're usually not..."
Detective and mystery games
by MathBrush - 41 games
"These are games where you play a detective or someone else investigating a mystery. Most of them are realistic games which I am splitting off of my realistic list. Some are more magical or science fi-ish."
Distinctive Puzzle Style
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 10 games
"One of the most powerful techniques for rendering a game memorable is to build it around a unusual, interesting and consistent way of handling significant world interaction (or puzzles, if you prefer). It's also a difficult technique to..."