Polls with votes for Spider and Web

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The most enjoyable Z-code games - 49 votes for 19 games; created June 16, 2022
A poll by Fredrik Ramsberg
I'd like to compile a list of some of the most enjoyable games available in Z-code format (blorbed or not). Please add games that you...

Games featuring a central evolving puzzle mechanism - 28 votes for 14 games; created December 16, 2020
A poll by Lance Campbell
Looking for any games that feature a core puzzle mechanism that the player masters and expands upon throughout the game. The puzzle...

Canonicity and IF - 209 votes for 51 games; created July 27, 2017
A poll by juliaofbath
I'm interested in determining whether or not a clear canon has emerged within the world of IF/hypertext. Of course, there is a clear...

Games with Toys - 47 votes for 30 games; created March 12, 2017
A poll by IFforL2
I want to distinguish toys from three other IF game elements: Puzzles require the player to find a solution to a problem in the...

Great Openings - 17 votes for 11 games; created July 27, 2015
A poll by Floating Info
What games have your favorite openings? By opening I mean everything before the first room description in a parser game or the first...

Humble Beginnings - 20 votes for 15 games; created April 30, 2015
A poll by Floating Info
What are some games that start off with the PC in a regular situation but turn into something different? This would include a regular...

NPCs Made Easy - 33 votes for 19 games; created February 9, 2015
A poll by Sam Kabo Ashwell
A list of games which notably use elision, sleight-of-hand, cleverly framed premises, or other fiendish implementor tricks in order to...

Give me a second chance! - 38 votes for 21 games; created February 1, 2015
A poll by verityvirtue
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...

Games You Return To - 32 votes for 19 games; created July 27, 2014
A poll by Ghalev
What games do you find yourself revisiting from time to time, games that have proven to be a kind of comfort-food of text adventuring,...

Good sci-fi games - 61 votes for 29 games; created May 29, 2014
A poll by IFDent
I'm looking for a good science fiction game (sci-fi game) for example, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Infocom. Can't get enough...

What are your favorite games? - 45 votes for 24 games; created December 19, 2013
A poll by Christopher Caesar
I was wondering which games are worth playing, as I haven't found any games that take a while to complete that are worth playing

Long-Form Games That Don't Require Mapping - 39 votes for 21 games; created August 30, 2013
A poll by Sdn
Playing Losing Your Grip has reminded me of just how tedious I find manual mapping in lengthy games, no matter how much I enjoy...

Best sci-fi games - 68 votes for 36 games; created July 8, 2013
A poll by Ant-Fan
I'm looking for games from the sci-fi genre. I would prefer classic-style games, even if they're not classics (such as 'Across The...

Unreliable narrators - 57 votes for 19 games; created February 12, 2013
A poll by verityvirtue
I'm interested in games which hinge on the 'unreliable narrator', from amnesia to a plain distorted worldview. The more this distortion...

IF that purposely conceals crucial player character information - 47 votes for 14 games; created October 28, 2012
A poll by Puddin Tame
IF that doesn't explicitly clue players in on knowledge they would/should have if they actually were the player character (The...

Great Escapes - 29 votes for 13 games; created February 21, 2012
A poll by JonathanCR
Everyone knows that "escape the room" games and puzzles are an IF cliché. But which are the best examples of this classic genre?

More than it appears to be... - 92 votes for 38 games; created January 14, 2012
A poll by dacharya64
I'm looking for games that aren't exactly what they seem. Perhaps they come across as simple or romantic or anything really, the point is...

Sublime Moments - 101 votes for 49 games; created May 19, 2011
A poll by Sam Kabo Ashwell
I've been thinking about games that provide really brilliant moments. This is not about the overall quality of the game: there are plenty...

Games That Changed Your Mind - 16 votes for 15 games; created December 1, 2010
A poll by Ghalev
Before you played X, you never thought you'd like horror games. Before you played Y, you never thought you could take a game with a...

Games with multiple endings - 47 votes for 32 games; created November 1, 2010
A poll by tggdan3
Obviously not counting "death" as an ending, but non-successful ends can count if there are other successful ends. Variation in endings...

Villains - 31 votes for 16 games; created September 1, 2010
A poll by Victor Gijsbers
"[T]he thief [in Zork] is important to the development of interactive fiction because he functions as a true villain, not simply an...

Games that inspired you to MAKE a game. - 54 votes for 35 games; created July 27, 2010
A poll by MyTheory
Whether it was the witty dialogue, the charming atmosphere, or the cleverness of the puzzle - you played "this" game and it inspired you...

Solved without Hints - 194 votes for 106 games; created July 16, 2010
A poll by joncgoodwin
I'm very interested in hearing truthful accounts of at least somewhat difficult games (or games that don't solve themselves at least)...

Fast-paced action scenes - 47 votes for 26 games; created May 28, 2010
A poll by Juhana
Fast-paced action is something that's notoriously hard to do in IF where waiting for player's input necessarily pauses the game every...

Split-up PC functionality - 61 votes for 22 games; created April 21, 2010
A poll by baf
In a normal game, there is a single fictional entity that is considered to be: - The protagonist: the character that the player is meant...

Games That Reward Sticking With Them - 21 votes for 12 games; created November 24, 2009
A poll by Ghalev
Here's a dangerously subjective poll. I can be a bit impatient with text adventures on most days, sadly, and if a game doesn't grab me,...

Fate vs Free Will Games - 21 votes for 16 games; created October 2, 2009
A poll by loocas
I imagine that the interactive nature of IF would allow themes of fate and free will to be used powerfully. Perhaps the PC is given a...

Games with extraordinary "wow" moments - 55 votes for 22 games; created July 7, 2009
A poll by J'onn Roger
If there is a moment in a game that stands out to you with vivid clarity, a moment of extraordinary beauty with writing that makes you...

Outstanding individual puzzles - 47 votes for 23 games; created June 6, 2009
A poll by Jeremy Freese
I'm interested in examples of excellent individual puzzles in IF. In other words: not 'Spider and Web' so much as 'getting out of the...

Must-play games - 264 votes for 49 games; created March 26, 2009
A poll by Jeff Sonas
I am looking for the games that, in your opinion, you simply must have played in order to really call yourself an IF aficionado. Or if...

Influential Games - 469 votes for 63 games; created February 1, 2009
A poll by Rose
As a historical exercise, I've begun compiling a list of IF games that have either done something ground breaking with the medium or...

Games with great puzzles - 27 votes for 15 games; created December 30, 2008
A poll by Molly
Games that have great puzzle-design. The puzzles need to be logical and internally consistent.


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