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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: (106 ratings)

2. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (302 ratings)

3. Photopia
by Adam Cadre
(1998)
Average member rating: (471 ratings)

4. Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin (1998)
Average member rating: (235 ratings)

5. 9:05
by Adam Cadre
(2000)
Average member rating: (444 ratings)

6. Galatea
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (267 ratings)

7. Rameses
by Stephen Bond
(2000)
Average member rating: (105 ratings)

8. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (344 ratings)

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


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