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). "
Games with "logical" puzzles
by Victor Gijsbers - 52 votes for 25 games, last vote on May 23, 2020; created on October 6, 2009
"Some puzzles--like chess problems or sudokus--can be difficult even though you know all the rules. I'm looking for IF games with this kind of puzzle: you can get to know the rules by simple exploration, and then you still have to solve..."
Games with 'enhanced interfaces'
by verityvirtue - 6 votes for 5 games, last vote on February 5, 2016; created on June 5, 2015
"Looking for (parser?) games which use side panels, or similar, to streamline delivery of information AND are on a platform which does not usually have such a feature (therefore, Undum, Quest, Storynexus etc. games are out.) Something..."
Games with a city setting
by JonathanCR - 49 votes for 18 games, last vote on July 17, 2018; created on July 30, 2009
"I'm interested in games that are set in cities - historical, modern, fantasy, or science-fiction. In particular, games that make you feel that you are in a real, functioning, busy city where life is being lived all around you. Which..."
Games with a great city setting
by penguincascadia - 38 votes for 14 games, last vote on April 11, 2020; created on February 19, 2016
"I'm looking for games that attempt (with at least some success) to portray a large city setting that the player can explore and interact with to at least some depth. Games like Gotomomi, City of Secrets, and A Mind Forever Voyaging are..."
Games with a Halloween theme
by Cuxxu - 17 votes for 12 games, last vote on July 24, 2013; created on August 10, 2012
"Some of us over on boardgamegeek/videogamegeek/rpggeek are starting a interactive fiction-of-the-month club. It was discussed having a game with a Halloween Theme for October. Most of the people will be fairly new to IF. Any suggestions?"
Games with accurate (present or historical) settings
by Emily Short - 50 votes for 27 games, last vote on June 22, 2018; created on October 10, 2008
"I'm looking for works in the general spirit of The Fire Tower or 1893: they can be puzzly or not, have a story or not, but they should attempt to represent a real-world setting as accurately as possible, and in some detail."
Games with amusing deaths
by Andrew Schultz - 25 votes for 19 games, last vote on August 30, 2019; created on April 7, 2015
"Lots of games have one amusing death, but what games best take the concept and run with it? These deaths could be nudges on messing something up, or even better, or even a nice reward for a reader who is playing attention and notices a..."
Games with an abrupt and unexpected ending twist
by dutchmule - 70 votes for 25 games, last vote on May 19, 2018; created on December 13, 2009
"I'm looking for games which, as in a lot of short stories, feature a sudden and unexpected revelation/twist at the very end of the game, that possibly changes your interpretation of what the game was really all about. (but please be..."
Games with an evolving environment
by Sorrel - 12 votes for 10 games, last vote on May 8, 2017; created on February 5, 2010
"I'm looking for IF where the setting constantly evolves/changes to either advance the plot or confuse the player. Something to the effect of Shade. "
Games with Books/Bookshelves/Libraries
by Andrew Schultz - 38 votes for 27 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on May 13, 2016
"I'm interested in games with lots of books you can read through. Maybe it's just a lot of cool titles and authors. Maybe they're randomly or procedurally generated. Maybe they reference pop culture, or maybe they're the author's own..."
Games with character creators/creation
by cynical11 - 11 votes for 10 games, last vote on May 20, 2019; created on August 3, 2014
"Basically, any game that features any kind of character creation system; but, the more in-depth, the better."
Games with Chases
by Jeremy Freese - 22 votes for 14 games, last vote on November 7, 2019; created on October 25, 2009
"The chase scene, a staple of Scooby Doo and action movies, but how often has it been done in IF?"
Games with Difficult Puzzles and a Forgiveness Rating of Tough or Lower
by Athe - 25 votes for 13 games, last vote on June 24, 2019; created on June 27, 2011
"While searching for games that were difficult, I found many games that had a very unforgiving forgiveness rating, which I don't find very appealing. I do like puzzles, however, so I would be interested in finding games with challenging..."
Games with diseases that alter perception
by Mrs. Info-adventurer - 15 votes for 9 games, last vote on October 14, 2015; created on November 11, 2013
"You know those parasites, fungi, and viruses that attack small insects or animals and control their minds? Well I'm looking for a game with a disease like that which alters your perception. Are there any games like that? Thanks a million..."
Games with easy English
by Fitbos - 18 votes for 14 games, last vote on June 28, 2018; created on April 6, 2010
"I'm a Chinese guy who is really interested in text-based stuff, but my English is not very good for me to play games with hard English. Especially games with slangs every where. So I'm just looking for games that really written in easy..."
Games with exceptional clothing systems
by Fitzzy - 9 votes for 8 games, last vote on June 4, 2018; created on June 18, 2009
"Games of any genre, irregardless of the quality of the game itself, that has an exceptional clothing management system in place."
Games with extraordinary "wow" moments
by J'onn Roger - 49 votes for 21 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on July 7, 2009
"If there is a moment in a game that stands out to you with vivid clarity, a moment of extraordinary beauty with writing that makes you really makes you see what is taking place, list the game here. Since surprise may play a part in the..."
games with female protagonists
by X.W - 28 votes for 23 games, last vote on July 14, 2019; created on July 11, 2018
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