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Crime and Heist games - 23 items   July 28, 2020
I've played a lot of these recently, so I'm making a list. A contrast to my Detective and Mystery games list and similar to my Espionage...

Great games in a mostly realistic setting - 49 items   July 28, 2020
These are games that for the most part don't contain magical elements or futuristic technology. This includes games where there might be...

Great games set in space - 32 items   July 21, 2020
My list for best sci-fi games has grown too large again, and so I'm splitting it off again. This list only includes games whose primary...

Annotated list of best sci-fi games - 30 items   July 21, 2020
A few months ago, I thought, "There really aren't that many sci-fi IF games". Then I started going through old games I had played, and...

A timeline of some important games for authors - 33 items   June 20, 2020
This is a timeline of some highly influential games that were among the first to use specific techniques or which left a mark on future...

Medical games - 15 items   April 19, 2020
These are games that have a medical theme of some sort, including medical simulators, medical horror, and games featuring doctors. Feel...

My Top Ten List - 10 items   October 17, 2019
This list is of my top 10 favorite games that I can also recommend to everyone. (Former items on this list included Anchorhead, Theatre,...

A starter pack for those new to interactive fiction - 31 items   September 5, 2018
I had a list like this before which I deleted, but I noticed it had a lot of views on intfiction, so I thought I'd make a new one to help...

Opus Ignored: Big games that didn't take off - 12 items   August 20, 2017
It happens over and over: an author spends hundreds of hours on a game, often setting up a commercial company, and then releases it to...

Surreal games on trains - 13 items   July 25, 2017
There is an unusually large amount of surreal games on trains (maybe from the Dark Tower?). Here are the ones I can find.

Spy games - 22 items   July 3, 2017
Games involving espionage, whether military or industrial. I've tried to put a few especially good games first, but the rest are in no...

Cute games - 21 items   August 23, 2016
These are games which are cute and/or sweet, in the sense that they are pleasant, relaxing, appropriate for children, or meant to warm...

Favorite "atmosphere" games - 43 items   July 4, 2016
These are games that are fun because of the atmosphere and plot more than the puzzles. These games are not too hard and not too easy....

"My apartment" games - 16 items   May 19, 2016
It's a trope in interactive fiction that first time author's tend to model their own home or apartment in detail as an experiment in...

TV, Film, Music and Theatre related games - 19 items   May 14, 2016
This is a collection of games that are related to the film, tv, music or theatre industries, without regard to quality.

Games that I couldn't put down - 33 items   April 14, 2016
These are games that for some reason or over I just couldn't stop playing and thinking about. There are no specific reasons given. These...

Games about interactive fiction itself - 26 items   February 1, 2016
This is hopefully my last list. These are games that comment on the nature of interactive fiction or the interactive fiction community...

Silly/goofy/purposely bad games - 9 items   January 26, 2016
These are games that are funny because they are ridiculous or completely absurd. This does not include games like Tex Bonaventure or...

Games that made me smile - 44 items   January 26, 2016
I wanted to do a list of comedy games, but I think people rarely think "I want to play a comedy game"; to me, the phrase brings up some...

Time travel games - 21 items   January 26, 2016
These are games where the main puzzles are centered on time travel. I'm splitting this off from my science fiction list. Many games...

Detective and mystery games - 43 items   January 26, 2016
These are games where you play a detective or someone else investigating a mystery. Most of them are realistic games which I am splitting...

Zorkian fantasy games - 28 items   January 12, 2016
My best fantasy games list is getting too long, so I decided to branch off a list of all Zorkian fantasy games. These are games that have...

Best fantasy games - 58 items   January 12, 2016
These are my favorite games that include some sort of magical or fantastical element. Games with mostly horror or sci-fi elements are on...

A timeline of Lovecraftian horror - 14 items   January 6, 2016
Lovecraftian games are oddly overrepresented in IF, both among IF in general, and among great IF games. They seem to be a good fit for...

Best fairytale/nursery rhyme games - 22 items   December 24, 2015
A selection of fairy tale games, nursery rhyme games, or games involving the Fair Folk.

Best superhero games - 23 items   December 17, 2015
These are games featuring superheros, with my thoughts on them. I haven't tried the Frenetic Five games yet.

Favorite wordplay/puzzle/code games - 20 items   December 14, 2015
Games whose main 'genre' is wordplay. This list does not include games like the Edifice or Suveh Nux which have significant wordplay...

Great religious and mythological games - 21 items   November 18, 2015
My "Best Fantasy" list was growing too big, so I'm splitting off the religious, mythological, and afterlife games. Some games like...

Most unusual games - 46 items   November 4, 2015
These are games that are very different than most games on IFDB. Some games that are exceptional in execution (like Counterfeit Monkey)...

Surreal/trippy/metaphor/mind's journey, with two worlds - 31 items   October 29, 2015
There is a big genre of games where you explore a metaphorical region of dreams or symbolism, and which has meaning in the 'real world'....

Great "lunchtime length" games - 39 items   October 18, 2015
These are games that can generally be completed in 30 minutes or less. Some can be completed much faster. Included in this list are games...

Forgotten Treasures of IFDB - 30 items   October 13, 2015
These are games that are great, either in my opinion or in many others, but which have been forgotten. By forgotten, I mean it satisfies...

Best of 2015 (pre-IF Comp) - 16 items   September 12, 2015
These are my favorite games that have been released this year so far. I'm sure I've missed some good ones. I'm also including some I...

Great Twine/Choice games for those skeptical of the format - 16 items   August 25, 2015
I didn't like Twine at first, but slowly I've changed my opinion about it, until now, many of my favorite games are Twine/Choice games...

Games of Infocom quality and length (or better) - 38 items   July 31, 2015
These are games that are as long as an Infocom game (i.e. Shade would be too short) and are as good quality (so Colossal Cave Adventure,...

Linear thriller games - 14 items   July 11, 2015
These are games that are pretty straightforward, and which are designed to be easy enough that you can keep moving forward while hard...

Favorite semi-linear games - 19 items   July 11, 2015
These are games like Anchorhead where you have a large amount of freedom, but you can't always return to the beginning. Generally these...

Big, non-linear adventure games with score system - 32 items   July 1, 2015
These are classic-style games, where you have to collect a large variety of objects while exploring a cave or building. My favorite way...

Great "white hat" horror games by genre - 32 items   May 7, 2015
This list does not include games intended to disgust or to make you personally feel evil. The focus is on games where good overcomes...


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