Games for language learners
by Emily Boegheim - 23 votes for 21 games, last vote on April 23, 2019; created on November 1, 2013
"What are some good games for people trying to learn another language? I imagine that short games with relatively simple prose and not too many non-standard commands (if they're parser games) would work best, but feel free to suggest..."
Games good for reading aloud to someone else
by tunesmith - 9 votes for 8 games, last vote on August 25, 2019; created on December 24, 2018
"I'm looking for IF that works well for reading aloud to someone else, and then typing in what they would like to do. We like Inform games and parser games in general. So games that are a little more story focused, and with not as much..."
Games like Glowgrass
by Timewalker - 3 votes for 2 games, last vote on August 22, 2014; created on February 9, 2013
"I'm looking for games like glowgrass which have a puzzle taking place in less than about five rooms, and also requiring common sense."
Games much improved in later versions
by Karl Ove Hufthammer - 26 votes for 18 games, last vote on November 23, 2015; created on November 17, 2013
"Most IF works are only available in ‘version 1’, but some are released in updated versions. And a few see a large amount of bug fixing, rewriting and polish. This is a poll for highlighting these games, games that the authors have taken..."
Games part of an unfinished series
by Jonathan Blask - 23 votes for 21 games, last vote on June 24, 2019; created on January 15, 2012
"I think it is both funny and interesting when games bill themselves as "Part # in the [blank] series" (and other games are never written). It is fun to speculate what directions those future games may have gone. This poll is a memorial..."
Games suitable for children
by Mike Sousa - 74 votes for 30 games, last vote on January 13, 2020; created on October 11, 2008
"My 10 year old twins recently "discovered" IF. They fell in love with Grunk and are asking for more games to play. I've searched BAF and have some ideas, but figured I would give this poll a shot since there are hundreds and hundreds of..."
Games That Changed Your Mind
by Ghalev - 14 votes for 14 games, last vote on December 23, 2014; created on December 1, 2010
"Before you played X, you never thought you'd like horror games. Before you played Y, you never thought you could take a game with a dragon in it seriously. Before you played Z, you thought linear games would just frustrate you. Tell me..."
Games that did it earlier
by Floating Info - 11 votes for 7 games, last vote on November 25, 2017; created on August 26, 2015
"What are some lesser known games that were first to have a feature that was later perfected by a more well known game?"
Games that include a maze you would describe as 'hey, actually fun'
by Jeremy Freese - 34 votes for 17 games, last vote on May 30, 2017; created on July 16, 2009
"Everybody always dissing mazes in IF. What are the games that prove them wrong?"
Games that inspired you to MAKE a game.
by MyTheory - 45 votes for 29 games, last vote on March 26, 2016; created on July 27, 2010
"Whether it was the witty dialogue, the charming atmosphere, or the cleverness of the puzzle - you played "this" game and it inspired you to write your own. Selfishly, I'm looking for my own inspiration, but I am also very, very curious..."
Games that most resemble an Infocom work
by David Cornelson - 62 votes for 21 games, last vote on November 21, 2018; created on October 10, 2008
"If you've played a game that "feels" like an Infocom game, add it to the list."
Games That Reward Sticking With Them
by Ghalev - 19 votes for 10 games, last vote on March 2, 2017; created on November 24, 2009
"Here's a dangerously subjective poll. I can be a bit impatient with text adventures on most days, sadly, and if a game doesn't grab me, shake me, French-kiss me and hump my leg in the first 2,000 words (those long intros count toward the..."
Games that show everyday life
by Sam Jackson - 48 votes for 24 games, last vote on December 5, 2018; created on February 24, 2014
"I'm looking for preferably short games that focus on part of someone's life in our world and preferably our time. I would like games with an emotional focus."
Games Theoretically but not Practically Beatable on First Attempt
by Floating Info - 18 votes for 15 games, last vote on January 5, 2018; created on January 25, 2015
"I'm looking for a very specific level of difficulty: a game where you theoretically could beat it on your first attempt, but you won't. At some point in the game you'll fail, but that point may vary from person to person, and when you..."
Games to Remember
by Newbot - 5 votes for 5 games, last vote on July 1, 2018; created on November 15, 2009
"These are games you put down in awe after completing them -- it would seem wrong to play them again immediately. Yet long afterwards, something brings them back to mind, and you want to play them once again."
Games where the interaction is really cool and clever
by Isa - 22 votes for 12 games, last vote on August 30, 2019; created on September 26, 2018
"I'm really interested in games which put a new spin on the mechanics. I'm thinking of a specific one where the narrator is really mean to you and is its own character in the game, but I'm really interested in any games which are..."
Games where the PC is an antihero
by Sorrel - 40 votes for 20 games, last vote on April 4, 2018; created on December 23, 2009
"I'm looking for games where the PC is the villain/antihero of the story and the traditional plotlines of "good beats evil" aren't followed. "
games where you can create your own character/aspects of character
by Angharade - 10 votes for 8 games, last vote on March 14, 2018; created on October 28, 2017
"I'm curious if there are any IF games where you can create your own character. I'm more interested in parser games than point and click, but I'm open to exceptions if they merit a mention. Also games wherein your actions change..."
Games where you can't screw up
by Pinstripe - 58 votes for 26 games, last vote on November 7, 2019; created on March 2, 2009
"Sometimes, when I'm playing a game, I spend more time juggling my save files than I do reading the text. I don't want to have to restart because I picked up the green rod instead of the clay jug (with apologies to Zarf). So I'm looking..."
Games which take place in chat messenger systems or on a digital interface
by grimperfect - 14 votes for 13 games, last vote on January 20, 2020; created on September 23, 2019
"Specifically, works where the main mechanic is either exploring a in-game digital interface(ala Secret Little Haven) or communicating using a type of chat/text messenger system(think Emily is Away). "