Games centered around a "groundhog day" loop
by Merk - 51 votes for 31 games, last vote on May 17, 2020; created on July 29, 2015
"Two that come to mind, which I haven't played in years and may be remembering wrong, are Moebius and All Things Devours. Games with fail states, by their nature, fit the bill from a mechanical level, but I'm curious about games where..."
by Floating Info - 15 votes for 9 games, last vote on July 29, 2015; created on July 27, 2015
"What games have your favorite openings? By opening I mean everything before the first room description in a parser game or the first screen of a choice game. It could be a sentence, a few sentences, a paragraph, or more. But I'm looking..."
Some of the worst games written.
by Bishopofbasic - 3 votes for 3 games, last vote on August 27, 2015; created on July 23, 2015
"The last time I put up a poll, I got some really great games, and loved playing them. So now I'm looking for some of the worst IF games ever created within the community. Something in the likes of Ed Wood."
The Squick Squad
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 12 votes for 10 games, last vote on October 21, 2019; created on July 21, 2015
"A list of games with a heavy emphasis on disgusting, gross-out subject-matter, whether in service to some higher goal, or just because the author is nine years old and thinks poop is the funniest thing ever."
I'm looking for a great surreal game.
by Bishopofbasic - 33 votes for 17 games, last vote on January 2, 2018; created on July 12, 2015
"It's pretty hot up here in Canada and I was wondering if anyone knew of any great surreal type games. Something I can spend my time in front of the AC or in my office hiding from the world. Thanks you guys."
Sci-fi games with truly "alien" aliens
by wwenches - 8 votes for 5 games, last vote on June 20, 2018; created on June 27, 2015
"I love "Cradle of Eve" by Kitty Horrorshow and I've been enjoying "Coloratura." I would love more sci-fi games (either standard IF or Twine games) that deal with truly alien creatures, rather than just going for standard humanoid aliens..."
Games with 'enhanced interfaces'
by verityvirtue - 5 votes for 4 games, last vote on February 5, 2016; created on June 5, 2015
"Looking for (parser?) games which use side panels, or similar, to streamline delivery of information AND are on a platform which does not usually have such a feature (therefore, Undum, Quest, Storynexus etc. games are out.) Something..."
Games / stories with an eighteenth-century setting
by chux - 4 votes for 3 games, last vote on May 9, 2016; created on May 19, 2015
"That is, I'm specifically interested in a European / Western version of the 18th-C.: Age of Enlightenment; Great Awakening / Puritanism; Colonial and Revolutionary USA; Louis XIV to French Revolution; hoop petticoats, justacorps, and..."
The game(s) that changed your mind about Twine
by MathBrush - 43 votes for 21 games, last vote on July 15, 2018; created on May 18, 2015
"I've seen many people discuss their feelings for Twine. Many of them say that they didn't think it was a 'real' platform at first, but then certain games changed them (see, for instance, the commentary in "IF is Dead. Long Live IF") For..."
Games with interesting content that unlocks after beating the game
by MathBrush - 7 votes for 6 games, last vote on June 29, 2016; created on May 6, 2015
"After playing Tenth Plague, I was interested when I saw the game had a commentary mode. I was looking for similar "extra content" in other games."
by Floating Info - 18 votes for 14 games, last vote on May 25, 2017; created on April 30, 2015
"What are some games that start off with the PC in a regular situation but turn into something different? This would include a regular person finding a portal to a fantasy world, or a regular person already in a fantasy world abruptly..."
Games with amusing deaths
by Andrew Schultz - 26 votes for 19 games, last vote on June 18, 2020; created on April 7, 2015
"Lots of games have one amusing death, but what games best take the concept and run with it? These deaths could be nudges on messing something up, or even better, or even a nice reward for a reader who is playing attention and notices a..."
For Your Consideration: Games from 2014 that should be nominated for the XYZZY Awards
by Molly - 57 votes for 43 games, last vote on April 12, 2015; created on March 15, 2015
"There were a lot of great games released in the past year, and now that the XYZZYs are coming up, it seems like a very good idea to take a poll of all the games from last year people would like to see nominated. The management has asked..."
by matt w (Matt Weiner) - 11 votes for 9 games, last vote on May 25, 2017; created on March 13, 2015
"Going along with the Mother-Daughter poll, any games that touch on father-son relationships? Again, not necessarily the center of the work."
by matt w (Matt Weiner) - 38 votes for 24 games, last vote on December 5, 2018; created on March 13, 2015
"What are some IF works that involve a relationship between a mother and a daughter? Not necessarily as the center of the work, but as something that impinges on it at all."
NPCs Made Easy
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 33 votes for 19 games, last vote on January 22, 2019; created on February 9, 2015
"A list of games which notably use elision, sleight-of-hand, cleverly framed premises, or other fiendish implementor tricks in order to include significant NPCs in the story without having to implement them in deep, complicated detail...."
Give me a second chance!
by verityvirtue - 32 votes for 19 games, last vote on June 25, 2020; created on February 1, 2015
"I'm looking for games which work like Bigger Than You Think - where dying isn't the end, where you're given second chances, where your second chances give you gear or skills or knowledge that you need to know to win the game."
Games Theoretically but not Practically Beatable on First Attempt
by Floating Info - 18 votes for 15 games, last vote on January 5, 2018; created on January 25, 2015
"I'm looking for a very specific level of difficulty: a game where you theoretically could beat it on your first attempt, but you won't. At some point in the game you'll fail, but that point may vary from person to person, and when you..."
Non-Infocom games of commercial era worth playing
by tekket - 80 votes for 32 games, last vote on July 13, 2020; created on January 6, 2015
"What commercial games published between 1980-1993 other than those by Infocom do you think are worth playing? "
Games with non-standard directions
by Andrew Schultz - 23 votes for 17 games, last vote on May 25, 2017; created on December 28, 2014
"I'm wondering about games (primarily parser) with weird directions beyond NW/SW/SE/NE, up, down or inside/outside. I like the example in the Inform docs (Charles S. Roberts) about hexagonal directions but have no clue how to go about..."