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 - 118 votes for 42 games, last vote on January 3, 2020; 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..."
Best classic zork adventure
by Aintelligence - 15 votes for 7 games, last vote on November 27, 2019; created on November 26, 2010
"What is the best classic zork adventure which includes all zork including classics and subdivisions."
Very Short Games
by tggdan3 - 48 votes for 23 games, last vote on August 14, 2018; created on November 3, 2010
"Games that can be completed in less than 30 mintues. Need not be one room (though that obviously helps). Hopefully, the games are fun as well. "
by Fredrik - 24 votes for 21 games, last vote on March 2, 2020; created on November 2, 2010
"I really need to improve my rotten Spanish, and I can think of no better way to do it than by playing IF. But there are tons of games out there, so what to choose? In other words: Por favor, Ądame los favoritos tuyos!"
Games with multiple endings
by tggdan3 - 43 votes for 30 games, last vote on May 29, 2017; created on November 1, 2010
"Obviously not counting "death" as an ending, but non-successful ends can count if there are other successful ends. Variation in endings should at least vary the ending somewhat (as opposed to be an extra word or two). "
The Most Obscure Commercial IF Game I've Ever Played
by Xervosh - 15 votes for 13 games, last vote on November 4, 2017; created on September 9, 2010
"I'm hoping to be reminded of some of the obscure little IF games I may have played during the 1980s, but since can't recall. In addition, this poll may get a few more obscure games from the 1980s (or early 90s, or late 70s) listed in the..."
by Victor Gijsbers - 28 votes for 15 games, last vote on April 27, 2020; created on September 1, 2010
""[T]he thief [in Zork] is important to the development of interactive fiction because he functions as a true villain, not simply an obstacle or opponent.", writes Nick Montfort. Apparently, he moves around, taunts the player, actively..."
A Poll About ... A Poll About ... Hm. That's Funny. I Can't Recall.
by Ghalev - 53 votes for 28 games, last vote on January 18, 2020; created on July 30, 2010
"As of the founding of this poll, the IFDB has only seven games with the "amnesia" tag. I don't buy that for an instant. Please vote for games where the player-protagonist-person is dealing with a bout of forgetfulness (usually about who..."
High fantasy interactive fiction
by Bainespal - 13 votes for 9 games, last vote on May 20, 2019; created on July 27, 2010
"My favorite genre of fiction, interactive or otherwise, is high fantasy -- the genre of such epic series of novels as The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien and The Wheel of Time by Jordan. I'm especially interested in games with an alternate..."
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..."
New Game Challenges
by tggdan3 - 9 votes for 9 games, last vote on April 3, 2015; created on July 22, 2010
"User-made challenges for existing IF games meant to make the game harder/more fun"
Solved without Hints
by joncgoodwin - 171 votes for 99 games, last vote on May 10, 2020; created on July 16, 2010
"I'm very interested in hearing truthful accounts of at least somewhat difficult games (or games that don't solve themselves at least) solved completely without recourse to hints, walkthroughs, etc. "