Highly polished gameplay
by Emily Short - 10 games
"Games that are exceptionally well-tested and smooth to play. They may not always be the most original works, but the implementation is strong, offering minimal frustration with guess-the-verb and other common flaws."
I Was A Teenage Adventure Gamer
by J. J. Guest - 17 games
"I grew up playing IF on the Acorn Electron, and later the BBC Master Compact. My aim here is to create a complete list of all the games that were in my collection back in the 8-bit era. It is not a Recommended List as such. Most of the..."
by Ivanr - 5 games
"Graham Nelson once said that a text adventure is a "novel at war with a crossword puzzle". In some works, the novel wins, and in some the crossword wins. This is a list of games where both of them are trounced by the NES. In other words,..."
IF For Libraries
by pwaak - 11 games
"I have examined the licensing and reviews for these games. They all conform to the selection policy of a typical public library in Texas. Your mileage may vary. Academic libraries may consider this list conservative while school..."
IF Playlist for the Brontoboards
by Molly - 27 games
"This is a list I created as a general guide to interactive fiction for a thread I'm making on Brontoforumus. I'm trying to give a good overview to both parser IF (usually called "text adventures") and choice-based IF (or..."
IF that's a pleasure to READ
by Maureen - 10 games
"I have a soft spot for "literary" IF. Good writing can draw me into a story that doesn't really have much game to it, and amateur writing can wreck an otherwise good game. That's not to say I like puzzle-less IF or text dumps. I enjoy..."
IFDB Top 100
by Pegbiter - 100 games
"An automatically updated list utilizing an IMDb style Bayes estimator to calculate weighted ratings based on all IFDB ratings. Questions and comments can be placed here...."
Infocom Salvaged Adventures
by Tristano - 33 games
"List of the Infocom adventures that were recovered from the salvaged Infocom hard drive, and their source code was published on GitHub in April 2019 by Jason Scott for educational purposes and in an attempt to preserve them from..."
Innovative Interactive Fiction
by Victor Gijsbers - 7 games
"Much Interactive Fiction, and some of the best, quite obviously descends from Zork and other early Infocom text adventures. But some of it departs from that terrain, and attempts to take the medium to new and unexplored areas. I here..."
Interactive fiction top 50
by Aintelligence - 12 games
"This list is not interactive fiction's top 50, but instead my oersonal entry for the actual list. A message from VictorGijsbers: The aim is not to decide what the best IF ever is by majority vote -- that would be foolish. Rather, the..."