Brilliant trolling games
by Not Troll - 13 votes for 10 games, last vote on October 21, 2019; created on April 23, 2014
"Some games are just that bad, some are so bad it's good, and a few are obviously trolling. Yet, are there games that troll so much that they start to be brilliant? Or even those that seems to be trolling that turn out to be brilliant..."
Bugs that you can take advantage of
by Fredrik - 12 votes for 12 games, last vote on October 8, 2015; created on April 8, 2013
"Bugs are an annoyance, usually, but in some rare cases, bugs can actually make the life of an adventurer easier. Some bugs can help you in certain situations, perhaps even to bypass puzzles, and they can sometimes provide positively..."
Calling all Scott Adams fans... YOU PICK: I'll Play
by diddlescatter - 11 votes for 5 games, last vote on January 6, 2015; created on February 11, 2011
"Okay, I've never played a Scott Adams game (*gasp!*), and I can't decide where to start. So here's my question to all you seasoned pros out there: IF I WERE TO PLAY JUST ONE SCOTT ADAMS GAME IN MY LIFE, WHICH ONE SHOULD I PLAY? Cast your..."
Canonicity and IF
by juliaofbath - 156 votes for 42 games, last vote on July 24, 2018; created on July 27, 2017
"I'm interested in determining whether or not a clear canon has emerged within the world of IF/hypertext. Of course, there is a clear critical opinion regarding which works belong to this tentative canon, but I'm interested in what..."
Child authored IF
by Hulk Handsome - 9 votes for 8 games, last vote on December 6, 2016; created on October 24, 2012
"It's incredibly unlikely to find a game created by a child (12 years or under) that's actually well made, but they can still be enjoyable. It's fun to see a young ones imagination run wild, limited only by their... likely poor coding..."
Child friendly but not too child friendly
by Zzoro26 - 12 votes for 5 games, last vote on June 29, 2016; created on September 30, 2011
"I want something without "adult themes" and reasonless violence but kinda goofy and a tad violent"
Child-friendly CYOA (or other interface that's not traditional parser)
by blue/green - 10 votes for 8 games, last vote on December 9, 2015; created on September 13, 2015
"Most of the games I see on the "appropriate for children" lists are pure parser IF. Are there kid friendly games that have a more accessible interface? CYOA, hyperlink, hybrid parser--any interface that offers some help in figuring out..."
by Spike - 16 votes for 12 games, last vote on November 27, 2019; created on November 22, 2018
"I enjoy games with lots of good puzzles, but so far nearly all the ones I've played have a parser-based interface. This poll is to help me find good choice-based puzzlefests."
Christianity in IF
by Bainespal - 47 votes for 25 games, last vote on July 14, 2019; created on November 17, 2011
"Sam Kabo Ashwell's statement in his recent review of Cana According to Micah that "the best works dealing prominently with Christian themes are written by non-Christians" made me curious. Perhaps a list of games with serious Christian..."
Combat puzzle games
by Jeremy Freese - 28 votes for 15 games, last vote on July 14, 2018; created on December 12, 2012
"What I'm looking for are games that have fights that are ostensibly combat, but the solution to winning the fight is really a matter of solving a puzzle."
Comfort Food IF
by Molly - 25 votes for 18 games, last vote on May 22, 2017; created on June 11, 2012
"Lately I've been chasing away the blues by playing through my IF backlog. This made me wonder, what IF do you play as a pick-me-up? Maybe it's something that calms and soothes you, maybe it's really funny, or maybe it just distracts you..."
Cool Murder Mystery/Detective Games
by Christopher Caesar - 35 votes for 15 games, last vote on October 21, 2019; created on September 25, 2013
"Hey everybody. I am looking for a murder mystery text game. I finished An Act of Murder a while ago and want to play more games like that, where to get to solve the murder yourself. If you could tell me some of your recommendations that..."
by J'onn Roger - 74 votes for 24 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on July 17, 2009
"I'm not looking for supernatural/ghost stories or horror stories, just games that do a good job being scary and/or disturbing."
Deep fictional worlds
by Kenji Yamada - 27 votes for 12 games, last vote on June 24, 2017; created on March 25, 2012
"I'd like to play more games set in fictional worlds with deeply-imagined cultures and history. Implementation depth would also be a plus."
Diversity in IF
by The Xenographer - 33 votes for 18 games, last vote on April 3, 2018; created on July 15, 2012
"Most English-language IF that's set in something resembling the real world seems to deal with vaguely WASP-y types in the US, the UK, Australia, or Canada. What are some works that explore different settings from these and/or characters..."
Doing things backwards
by Mike Ciul - 19 votes for 12 games, last vote on July 3, 2019; created on December 3, 2010
"Games that take traditional IF tasks and puzzles, and do them backwards or subvert them in a clever way. Thanks to olethros on raif for the inverse puzzle idea."
Dreams That You Have To Escape From
by Dachi Sirbiladze - 4 votes for 4 games, last vote on May 15, 2017; created on June 8, 2014
"Lets Say A Guy Who Started Sleeping On A Regular Night And Had A Dream That He Needed To Find A Way To Escape Whatever Is In His Way To End The Dream"
Dynamic open world IFs
by Natrium729 - 26 votes for 16 games, last vote on January 27, 2018; created on October 3, 2016
"I'm looking for good "open world" IFs, that is, IFs where the player can just wander and explore the world without necessarily following the main plot (think Elder Scrolls). They could take place on a planet, in a city, or even just in a..."
by dacharya64 - 29 votes for 21 games, last vote on May 30, 2017; created on August 29, 2011
"I love dystopian fiction, and after playing Square Circle, I decided I had to see if there were other dystopian tales in the IF-verse."
by Spike - 30 votes for 18 games, last vote on December 4, 2019; created on July 7, 2019
"Several of us are interested in using IF for education, both in the classroom as well as more broadly. The purpose of this poll is to collect examples of IF with an educational focus."