Enduring Classics of Parser IF
by Ivanr - 9 games
"There are probably other lists like this, but this one is mine. Canonical/classic/highly-regarded works of (noncommercial, parser) IF that have stood the test of time -- i.e., that are at least fifteen years old (an arbitrary cutoff) as..."
A Year on IFDB: The games that have stayed with me
by Spike - 12 games
"About a year ago I discovered post-AGT interactive fiction. Since then I've played a lot of great IF games. This list consists of the ones that have stuck with me the most. They're not necessarily the ones I rated the highest immediately..."
Opus Ignored: Big games that didn't take off
by MathBrush - 12 games
"It happens over and over: an author spends hundreds of hours on a game, often setting up a commercial company, and then releases it to almost total silence. This list contains such games, as well as other big games where the author was..."
Best of Level 9
by Denk - 5 games
"After Infocom and Magnetic scrolls, Level 9 is perhaps the best known IF company. Though their first games had a very primitive parser, their last games had very advanced parser similar to infocom. These are my favorites. If you can..."
by Xavid - 8 games
"a twine album by the Society of Narrativist Progenitors with apologies to They Might Be Giants and the People's Republic of Interactive Fiction (Twine games based on the track of the same name from the They Might Be Giants album..."
Games with mostly custom responses
by dutchmule - 4 games
"Here is a list of games in which most, if not all, of the default responses have been replaced by a custom response. There are prominent examples of such games, and they seem to be popular in the general audience, which could be..."
by MathBrush - 21 games
"Games involving espionage, whether military or industrial. I've tried to put a few especially good games first, but the rest are in no particular order. This list includes games of excellent quality as well as games of lower quality."
by Ivanr - 6 games
"Okay, this is purely subjective, but since really successful comedy is so rare in IF I thought I'd collect what I consider to be the successes. Each of these is a game that made me grin. (To avoid killing any frogs, the commentary here..."
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,..."
Stiffy Through The Ages
by Ivanr - 7 games
"One of the most enduring characters in interactive fiction is a guy named Stiffy. Stiffy Makane. A misogynistic, notoriously ill-coded three-room game from 1997 launched an enduring inside joke, and over the past 20 years the ribald id..."
Excellent IF Games With Unfair Puzzles
by Canalboy - 5 games
"A Selection Of Enjoyable IF That Contain(s) Ridiculous Puzzles. All the games mentioned are enjoyable to me and of a very high standard generally."