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Multi-Part Games
by Bloodsong - 53 votes for 38 games, last vote on January 14, 2018; created on June 10, 2009

"I was wondering just how many games out there, either completely text based, or text-adventure hybrids, are out there that involve a story line over the course of several games. I know for sure of the Sorcerer trilogy from Infocom...any..."

Adjustable Default Games
by Emily Short - 14 votes for 8 games, last vote on November 10, 2011; created on June 10, 2009

"Works in which some aspect of the game's default behavior can be customized (e.g. by changing the person of the narration), especially if the game allows players to play with alternatives to standard IF conventions."

Outstanding individual puzzles
by Jeremy Freese - 47 votes for 23 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on June 6, 2009

"I'm interested in examples of excellent individual puzzles in IF. In other words: not 'Spider and Web' so much as 'getting out of the chair' in 'Spider and Web' "

Trading and Buying Games
by Emily Short - 28 votes for 19 games, last vote on October 18, 2020; created on June 2, 2009

"Games where a significant portion of the gameplay involves buying, selling, or trading items, especially if there are tactical advantages associated with different objects and the player has to decide which things to acquire for what..."

Once More, With Feelies
by Ghalev - 33 votes for 22 games, last vote on November 17, 2017; created on May 22, 2009

"I'm polling to learn of modern (post-commercial-era) IF that revels in the tradition of providing additional documentation & related materials which are evocative and deepen your enjoyment of the game. What games have gone that extra..."

teeanagers
by tiffanyfh - 5 votes for 5 games, last vote on June 5, 2015; created on April 9, 2009

"im a teen and i want games that are entertaining for people around my age (16) to play. i liked punk points for example something like that would be nice. thanks."

Really hard puzzle/adventure games
by Silius - 28 votes for 15 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on April 9, 2009

"You know like with lots of puzzles you have to solve."

Must-play games
by Jeff Sonas - 206 votes for 43 games, last vote on November 19, 2020; created on March 26, 2009

"I am looking for the games that, in your opinion, you simply must have played in order to really call yourself an IF aficionado. Or if someone wanted to play N number of IF games in order to get as good an overview of the IF classics..."

"Ed Wood" Games
by murphy_slaw - 22 votes for 10 games, last vote on April 19, 2019; created on March 8, 2009

"I'm looking exquisitely bad games. Games with warped aesthetics and worldviews far removed from consensus reality. Games that are, in the words of Michael Martin, "exactly good enough that I had to keep going to see what it did next"...."

Vivid games
by Jeff Sonas - 125 votes for 48 games, last vote on August 28, 2020; created on March 8, 2009

"I'm looking for games that evoked strong feelings or strong mental images that stayed with you long after you finished the games."

Top-notch horror or terror games
by madducks - 115 votes for 28 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on March 7, 2009

"I'm looking for games that are the best representations of horror or terror in IF."

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 with stupid player characters
by murphy_slaw - 30 votes for 12 games, last vote on May 10, 2015; created on February 27, 2009

"I'm looking for games where the player character is significantly stupider and/or less observant than the average player - the kind of game where part of the challenge is making sense of the descriptions offered through the simplistic..."

Games with NPCs that tag along
by Ghalev - 79 votes for 43 games, last vote on October 17, 2020; created on February 12, 2009

"List here any games that feature a (preferably memorable!) "sidekick" character - an NPC who follows the viewpoint character around for most or all of the game, as per Floyd in Planetfall or Trent/Tiffany in Leather Goddesses of Phobos."

Romance Games
by Molly - 74 votes for 27 games, last vote on June 17, 2020; created on February 3, 2009

"In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm looking for games that deal with romance and relationships."

Influential Games
by Rose - 431 votes for 62 games, last vote on November 19, 2020; created on February 1, 2009

"As a historical exercise, I've begun compiling a list of IF games that have either done something ground breaking with the medium or otherwise influenced it; and I've turned it into a poll so everyone can have input on the expansion...."

Great treasure hunt games
by Molly - 18 votes for 14 games, last vote on March 31, 2020; created on January 1, 2009

"Good treasure hunting games in the vein of Zork and Adventure, although they may not necessarily be set in caves."

Games with great puzzles
by Molly - 27 votes for 15 games, last vote on June 8, 2018; created on December 30, 2008

"Games that have great puzzle-design. The puzzles need to be logical and internally consistent."

IF that centers around holidays
by Molly - 31 votes for 22 games, last vote on May 25, 2020; created on December 27, 2008

"I'm looking for IF that centers around specific real-world holidays, e.g. Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, Passover, the Fourth of July, Guy Fawkes Day, Halloween, etc."

Games with graphics and/or sound
by eyesack - 167 votes for 87 games, last vote on November 7, 2019; created on December 15, 2008

"I couldn't find an easy way to search for this, so I figured I'd ask the hivemind: What games use graphics and/or sound to enhance the gameplay, similar to City of Secrets and Necrotic Drift?"
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