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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: (105 ratings)

2. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (300 ratings)

3. Photopia
by Adam Cadre
(1998)
Average member rating: (468 ratings)

4. Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin (1998)
Average member rating: (232 ratings)

5. 9:05
by Adam Cadre
(2000)
Average member rating: (439 ratings)

6. Galatea
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (263 ratings)

7. Rameses
by Stephen Bond
(2000)
Average member rating: (104 ratings)

8. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (343 ratings)

9. Slouching Towards Bedlam
by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
(2003)
Average member rating: (172 ratings)


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