IF that purposely conceals crucial player character information
by Puddin Tame - 41 votes for 13 games, last vote on February 25, 2016; created on October 28, 2012
"IF that doesn't explicitly clue players in on knowledge they would/should have if they actually were the player character (The character's motivation, interests, relevant parts of their past etc.), which, for good or bad, results in some..."
Child authored IF
by Hulk Handsome - 11 votes for 9 games, last vote on February 25, 2020; 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..."
Up, Up, and Away: IF starring super heroes
by Molly - 18 votes for 10 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on October 11, 2012
"It's often been said that super-heroes are a poor fit for IF, given the reliance of the former on flashy, colorful costumes and fights. But let it never be said that some poor bastards didn't try. What are some notable attempts at..."
IF for wannabe Authors
by SinfoolGamer - 12 votes for 10 games, last vote on October 17, 2012; created on September 26, 2012
"For all the wannabe IF Authors out there, what games would you recommend they play/research? Hopefully looking for multiple types (best & worst IF) and also IF with sounds/pictures/animation & with well done feelies (maps, letters,..."
Best games of the last 12-18 months?
by Tobi Tesuji - 31 votes for 14 games, last vote on September 19, 2014; created on September 23, 2012
"I haven't looked at any new games since more than one year. So, what did I miss? What are the best/most interesting games of the last 12-18 months?"
This Is Who We Are
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 60 votes for 28 games, last vote on December 1, 2018; created on September 12, 2012
"A considerable number of games exist largely as the commentary of the IF community (or some subset of it) upon the medium and the community itself. These works are likely to be befuddling to outsiders, but provide windows onto blah blah..."
by Dannii - 20 votes for 12 games, last vote on December 17, 2017; created on September 2, 2012
"Supposedly one of IFs strengths is for exploring places with few other people, often abandoned places, but I can't think of many works which have zero NPCs and consist of a lot of exploration. Usually there's at least one NPC, or the..."
Neil Armstrong Commemorative Space Poll
by Joey Jones - 31 votes for 15 games, last vote on October 28, 2014; created on August 25, 2012
"I'm hankering to play a good space-themed game. That is to say, a game not necessarily set in space, but a game that is in some way about space or our relation to space. Any takers?"
I am new to interactive fiction, could anyone recommend a game for me?
by Urtikor - 35 votes for 18 games, last vote on October 7, 2019; created on August 19, 2012
"Hello, I just recently came across interactive fiction and I want to try it out and see if it's my kind of thing. I tried Dreamhold for maybe half an hour, but even though it seemed well written, solving puzzles isn't interesting for me...."
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 featuring music
by Karl Ove Hufthammer - 26 votes for 19 games, last vote on May 16, 2017; created on July 29, 2012
"I have always thought that music has a huge potential for enhancing IF, more so than graphics has. So what are the best examples of IF games that use music? Note that this poll does not include games with only sound effects; they have to..."
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..."
Lost Treasures of the IF Comp
by Molly - 15 votes for 12 games, last vote on June 9, 2015; created on June 21, 2012
"It seems that for every Comp game that's still talked about today (e.g., Slouching Towards Bedlam, Shade, Photopia, etc.), there's ten or so that have been almost completely forgotten; some of them even placed in the top ten or higher...."
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..."
The Modern Zorkalikes
by Ghalev - 19 votes for 11 games, last vote on September 3, 2020; created on June 2, 2012
"My desire is straightforward, but proving difficult to satisfy. I want games that are like the Zork games might have been, given a more contemporary set of design ideals. It seems to be an abandoned playing field in some ways, as if the..."
by Pinstripe - 19 votes for 12 games, last vote on June 18, 2020; created on April 15, 2012
"Games which have, or might be considered to have, a camp aesthetic or sense of humor. "Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon. That way, the way of Camp, is not in terms of..."
Absolute worst IF
by NOM3RCY - 8 votes for 6 games, last vote on January 30, 2019; created on April 11, 2012
"There's a surprising lack of a "worst IF" poll. I felt that I had to make it. We've all played the classics, the Colossal Caves, the Zorks, the Anchorheads, the Slouching Towards Bedlams. What are the games that you should never play?"
A poll for games which aren't normally on polls.
by Pinstripe - 32 votes for 18 games, last vote on July 14, 2020; created on April 10, 2012
"There are some games which are ubiquitous. A poll for funny, happy games? Lost Pig will be there. A poll for beautiful, dramatic games? Photopia always makes it. Conversational games? Galatea. Artsy games? Pretty much anything by Zarf...."
Your very first game.
by DustyCypress - 64 votes for 36 games, last vote on June 19, 2020; created on March 28, 2012
"Do you still remember when you played your very first IF? How did you get drawn (and perhaps addicted) to IF and have been playing still? What was the title that started it all for you? I started with a collection called "The Adventure..."
PC's personality integrated with the story
by JasonMel - 64 votes for 34 games, last vote on March 18, 2018; created on March 27, 2012
"I would like to be able to recommend to someone many examples of interactive fiction in which the player character is far from a cipher or an everyman or everywoman, but is instead a character with a definite personality within a game..."