Speed IFs that are awesome
by trojo - 41 votes for 23 games, last vote on November 5, 2017; created on December 27, 2011
"Expectations for Speed-IFs are generally low, but sometimes games written as Speed-IFs are in fact awesome-- not just "awesome for a Speed IF" but truly worthwhile. List some favorites here."
Games with good magic system
by RedHatter - 43 votes for 15 games, last vote on April 14, 2018; created on December 7, 2011
"I'm looking for some games with a good magic system. Doesn't have to be at brilliant as Savoir-Faire but consistency would be nice."
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..."
by Marius Müller - 37 votes for 22 games, last vote on November 29, 2019; created on October 25, 2011
"I'm looking for games that don't show up in the IF histories or recommended lists, for what reason whatsover. Old games that maybe weren't boundary-pushing or noteworthy, but still give you a fun play experience. If you ever thought..."
No Mazes, please!
by AndyC - 31 votes for 18 games, last vote on November 20, 2018; created on October 10, 2011
"I am a returning player to IF (which I loved 30 years ago) having recently discovered the fantastic Frotz for the iPad. Looking at some of the old games again has really blown me away. I don't enjoy drawing maps but I love reading good..."
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"
Games with good rpg elements that are if
by Zzoro26 - 24 votes for 12 games, last vote on July 5, 2018; created on September 30, 2011
"I'm looking for a good interactive IF that has good rpg elements"
Multiple solutions to puzzles and/or situations.
by Hulk Handsome - 20 votes for 13 games, last vote on January 5, 2017; created on August 29, 2011
"Games that offer more than one solution to most of the puzzles and/or situations encountered. Bonus points if this means that items have multiple applications (unless they do something even more clever)."
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."
game that gives you three choices
by major2111 - No votes; created on August 18, 2011
"pretty sure it gave you three choices every time instead of entering text, and it was such an open minded game one second you were at your house next thing alien space ship... spent weeks looking for this game i used to play, thanks if..."
Games with misleading titles
by Cendare - 21 votes for 16 games, last vote on August 26, 2011; created on July 17, 2011
"I was thinking about "Nothing But Mazes" and how it, in fact, contains things that aren't mazes. What other games have titles that don't quite reflect what's inside?"
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..."
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 91 votes for 46 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on May 19, 2011
"I've been thinking about games that provide really brilliant moments. This is not about the overall quality of the game: there are plenty of excellent games that never deliver a clear, standout moment of unalloyed excellence. And surely..."
Worst IF Titles
by diddlescatter - 47 votes for 27 games, last vote on November 17, 2017; created on February 13, 2011
"(Sorry, Fredrik, but your poll was such a great idea that I couldn't resist!) So here's the question: Which titles out there do you absolutely hate? Remember, it doesn't have to be a game you've actually played. In fact, maybe it's a..."
Best IF Titles
by Fredrik - 114 votes for 42 games, last vote on July 23, 2018; created on February 13, 2011
"No doubt you have played some great games with great titles, or been disappointed to find games with great titles that did not hold up to expectations. What are the best titles of IF? They can be funny, elegant, evocative, or whatever..."
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..."
by Fredrik - 59 votes for 38 games, last vote on November 19, 2019; created on January 7, 2011
"I have always been fascinated with games that have several wandering and independent NPCs, especially when you have the ability to try to order them around. This sets the stage for a game where no one session is like any other, and even..."
by Fredrik - 6 votes for 6 games, last vote on January 6, 2011; created on January 4, 2011
"I can only guess that I was not the only one spending hours upon hours typing in those BASIC listings from magazines and books back in the 80s. And unavoidably learning the art of programming in the process. Not to mention gleaning..."
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."
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..."