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Enduring Classics of Parser IF

Recommendations by Ivanr

There are probably other lists like this, but this one is mine. Canonical/classic/highly-regarded works of (noncommercial, parser) IF that have stood the test of time -- i.e., that are at least fifteen years old (an arbitrary cutoff) as of 2018, and are still widely played and discussed, as much as any parser stuff is.

These are listed chronologically, and alphabetically within year. I might add more extensive commentary later, but for now I just want to have the list, to remember.

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1. Curses!
by Graham Nelson
(1993)
Average member rating: (104 ratings)

2. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (298 ratings)

3. Photopia
by Adam Cadre
(1998)
Average member rating: (463 ratings)

4. Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin (1998)
Average member rating: (231 ratings)

5. 9:05
by Adam Cadre
(2000)
Average member rating: (432 ratings)

6. Galatea
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (261 ratings)

7. Rameses
by Stephen Bond
(2000)
Average member rating: (102 ratings)

8. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (339 ratings)

9. Slouching Towards Bedlam
by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
(2003)
Average member rating: (171 ratings)


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