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'Mid the Sagebrush and the Cactus, by Victor Gijsbers
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

They shot you in the leg, the sheriff or one of his men, but you still managed to get away. You always manage to get away. And while they're off pursuing you to, who knows, perhaps Colorado, you have quietly...

1-2-3..., by Chris Mudd
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

1893: A World's Fair Mystery, by Peter Nepstad
Average member rating: (23 ratings)

A theft on the fairgrounds! Precious diamonds stolen from the Kimberly Diamond Mining Exhibit! An urgent telegram from your old partner arrives, requesting your help to solve the mystery. How can you refuse?...

> by @, by Aaron A. Reed
Average member rating: (24 ratings)

On the surface, > seems to be a traditional adventure game, featuring treasure, an NPC, a puzzle, and a happy ending. However, matters are complicated by the realization that the work's purported author is...

Absence of Law, by mathbrush
Average member rating: (38 ratings)

Excuse me, can you help me? Yes, you, browsing IFDB games! I need your assistance, but I don't have long. There's so much going on: remote surveillance, unauthorized cloning, forgotten languages, robots...

Acheton, by Jon Thackray, David Seal, and Jonathan Partington
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

Acid Whiplash, by Ryan Stevens and Cody Sandifer
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

"Tooth beavers, hermits, phallic-shaped dust tomatos. Billed a living memorial to the wit, style, and unintentional genius of Rybread Celsius by Cody Sandifer." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

An Act of Murder, by Christopher Huang
Average member rating: (80 ratings)

Advent Door, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

Where’s that door? This game was written for a collaborative 2019 Advent Calendar project. The theme was "The City of Doors" from the Planescape roleplaying setting. That project was never completed, so I...

Adventure, by William Crowther and Donald Woods
Average member rating: (95 ratings)

Adventureland, by Scott Adams
Average member rating: (41 ratings)

Wander through an enchanted realm and try to uncover the 13 lost treasures. There are wild animals and magical beings to reckon with as well as many other perils and mysteries. WARNING! The Z-Code conversion...

Alabaster, by John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, Ziv Wities
Average member rating: (113 ratings)

The Queen has told you to return with her heart in a box. Snow White has made you promise to make other arrangements. Now that you're alone in the forest, it's hard to know which of the two women to trust....

Alias 'The Magpie', by J. J. Guest
Average member rating: (57 ratings)

Sir Rodney Playfair, gentleman thief, has a simple plan: impersonate a psychiatrist, infiltrate a country house, steal a priceless Egyptian scarab and make it back to London in time for cocktails. All in a...

All Hope Abandon, by Eric Eve
Average member rating: (35 ratings)

Your day got off to a good enough start when you met that blonde in the breakfast queue, but it's all downhill from there: you may be wishing you could escape a particularly dire lecture, but not by the one...

All Roads, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (148 ratings)

"Wave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread For he on honey-dew hath fed And drunk the milk of paradise." [--blurb from Competition Aught-One]

All Things Devours, by half sick of shadows
Average member rating: (89 ratings)

From the game's about command: "All Things Devours is a short piece of interactive fiction, leaning strongly towards the text-adventure end of the spectrum. It explores an all-too-familiar science fiction...
Almost Goodbye, by Aaron A Reed
Average member rating: (19 ratings)
Almost Goodbye is an experiment in minimalist procedural content generation for interactive narratives. It does not try to generate a whole story or plot points from scratch, but instead asks what is the...

Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
Average member rating: (355 ratings)

You take a deep breath of salty air as the first raindrops begin to spatter the pavement, and the swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky mutter ominous portents amongst themselves over the little...

Andromeda Apocalypse — Extended Edition, by Marco Innocenti
Average member rating: (28 ratings)

Floating in space on a strange vessel, sole survivor of a world... and maybe of the entire human race, Ektor Mastiff must find a way through the cosmos, on a voyage that can change the history of mankind...

Aotearoa, by Matt Wigdahl
Average member rating: (58 ratings)

The Fish of Māui. The Land of the Long Cloud. Aotearoa. An entire continent of untamed wilds, and the last place on Earth where dinosaurs still roam. If only you'd come ashore under better circumstances...

Augmented Fourth, by Brian Uri!
Average member rating: (61 ratings)

WANTED: Amateur musicians to serve the Royal Court. Must provide own instrument and be inured to copious constructive criticism. Impress your friends! Meet the King! Apply in person at the Castle, located on...

Balances, by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

"A homage to Infocom's Enchanter Trilogy, at the same time showing some of the things that Inform is capable of doing." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Ballyhoo, by Jeff O'Neill
Average member rating: (40 ratings)

Spangleland! Sawdust and glitter, buffoons and cotton candy! It's a place where your wildest dreams come true! At least, that's what you think... until you get behind the scenes at the big top. Then you...

Baltimore:24, by Howard A. Sherman
Average member rating: (1 rating)

A game based on the author's experience with a similar problem, your task in Baltimore:24 is to replace a router destroyed by a thunderstorm. [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Banana Apocalypse and the Rocket Pants of Destiny, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (15 ratings)

A Beauty Cold and Austere, by Mike Spivey
Average member rating: (50 ratings)

That survey course in conceptual mathematics seemed like a good idea at the start of the term - no graded homework, no midterm exams - just an oral final at the end. But now that final is tomorrow morning....

Bee, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (67 ratings)

The story of a home-schooled girl preparing to compete in the national spelling bee, dealing with various small crises with family and friends, and gradually coming to terms with the clash of subcultures...

Bellclap, by Tommy Herbert
Average member rating: (25 ratings)

The Big Scoop, by Johan Berntsson
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
Average member rating: (99 ratings)

You have always been different. One in a trillion have your gift, your curse: to move between worlds, never settling, always alone. To Wayfare. Yet there are others like you, and something stronger than...

Bogeyman, by Elizabeth Smyth
Vaughany's rating:
Average member rating: (68 ratings)

You can go home when you learn to be good.

The Boggit, by Fergus McNeill and Judith Child
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

This interactive fiction with graphics game thus features reluctant adventurer Bimbo Faggins and devious magician Grandalf attempting to gain treasure, ultimately by appearing on a TV game show. VERB NOUN...

Bonehead, by Sean M. Shore
Average member rating: (15 ratings)

September 23, 1908. Win this game, and your Giants will have the National League pennant almost within reach. You've done your part. You've just made a base hit, putting McCormick on third with the winning...

Calm, by Joey Jones and Melvin Rangasamy
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

Since the spores came life has been happier. How could it not be? For now stress is fatal and all who remain alive must remain calm...

A Change in the Weather, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (66 ratings)

"Walking away from a picnic, you are suddenly caught in a country storm. You must protect a bridge from being destroyed. An ultra-linear game." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]
Christminster, by Gareth Rees
Average member rating: (82 ratings)
"When your brother Malcolm sends you a telegram inviting you to visit him at Biblioll College in the ancient university town of Christminster, you imagine that the mysterious `discovery' he alludes to is...

City of Secrets, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (98 ratings)

The Colder Light, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

The last light has gone. The stars are coming out in the black sea above. Many are hidden by ice-fingered winds. My father is still not returned and the fire is almost gone. But this is how life is: always...

Color the Truth, by mathbrush
Average member rating: (59 ratings)

Rosalita Morales is dead, and you have to figure out who did it. The four people closest to her had the motive and the means: her partner, her secretary, her ex-husband, and her sister. Re-live their...

Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser
Average member rating: (95 ratings)

Stolen away by apathetic Blind Ones, your only desire is to return to your Cellarium and the Song of the Universe. They should understand. You shall make them to understand.

The Count, by Scott Adams
Average member rating: (21 ratings)

"It begins when you awake in a large brass bed in a castle somewhere in Transylvania. Who are you, what are you doing here and WHY did the postman deliver a bottle of blood? Converted from original code by...

Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (192 ratings)

Anglophone Atlantis has been an independent nation since an April day in 1822, when a well-aimed shot from their depluralizing cannon reduced the British colonizing fleet to one ship. Since then, Atlantis...

Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna et al.
Show other authorsAdam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenløv, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Shin, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson

Average member rating: (16 ratings)

A tribute to Anchorhead.

The Crescent City at the Edge of Disaster, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (14 ratings)

A Speed-IF featuring New Orleans, Emeril, and armed hamsters.

Cryptozookeeper, by Robb Sherwin
Average member rating: (22 ratings)

Marrow is delicious but that's not why you're here. You're supposed to pick up a single jar of alien bone jelly, which of course can't exist and doesn't exist, so you've convinced yourself that transporting...

Curses, by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (124 ratings)

"As "Curses" opens, you're hunting about in the attic of your family home, looking for a tatty old map of Paris (you're going on holiday tomorrow) and generally trying to avoid all the packing. Aunt Jemima...

Dangerous Curves, by Irene Callaci
Average member rating: (23 ratings)

De Baron, by Victor Gijsbers
Average member rating: (155 ratings)

An evil nobleman, a kidnapped daughter and a father who wants to rescue her at any cost--that is not the way life works. Something much darker, something much more human, lies underneath.

Degeneracy, by Leonard Richardson
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

The glitterings of Gold, Jewels, Tapestries, &c. belie the Corruption of he who 'til recently occupied this high Seat. A white Carpet, once flanked by Sycophants & Counsellors, now lies untravelled. It leads...

Don't Mind My Apocalypse Head, by Bruno Dias
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

A social anxiety body horror short story about surviving a dinner party when you are just a little bit possessed by an entity that wants to bring about the end of the universe. Features nine official endings...

Dragon Adventure, by William Stott
Average member rating: (9 ratings)

The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (163 ratings)

The Dreamhold is interactive fiction — a classic text adventure. No graphics! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens next. The Dreamhold is designed for people who have never...

Dual Transform, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (101 ratings)

This game takes place in a single room — but not always the same one. The room contains just one item, but again, there's more to it than that. Experiment and enjoy.

Earth and Sky, by Paul O'Brian
Average member rating: (78 ratings)

It's been almost a month since your parents disappeared. One Tuesday, they just didn't come home, and there's been no sign of them since. For the University and the rest of the town, the mystery is beginning...

Earth and Sky 2: Another Earth, Another Sky, by Paul O'Brian
Average member rating: (51 ratings)

Earth And Sky 3: Luminous Horizon, by Paul O'Brian
Average member rating: (39 ratings)

Easter Egg Hunt 2020, by David Welbourn
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

In this light-hearted scavenger hunt, it's your task to find twelve colorful Easter eggs hidden inside other works of interactive fiction! But who are the eggs for, and what do they really want? Note: The...

Eat Me, by Chandler Groover
Average member rating: (73 ratings)

In this castle, you'll eat or be eaten. May contain dairy, carnage, puzzles, nuts.

The Ebb and Flow of the Tide, by Peter Nepstad
Average member rating: (15 ratings)

You have done a horrible thing, so horrible that burial will be denied you, either in soil or sea, neither can there be any hell for you. You wait for some hours, knowing this. Then your friends come for...

Encyclopedia Fuckme and the Case of the Vanishing Entree, by Anna Anthropy
Average member rating: (22 ratings)

If there's one thing Encyclopedia Fuckme knows - and this is a hypothetical statement, of course, because she's actually got a lot crammed in her big fat brain - it's how to get off! But in addition to her...

Endless, Nameless, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (47 ratings)

The first time I ever saw someone play a text adventure was in fifth grade. One of the sixth-graders didn't go to outdoor ed, and therefore spent the week in my fifth-grade classroom, playing Scott Adams's...

The Entropy Cage, by Stormrose
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

Sub-sentient computer programs 'subs' coordinate our future society. You, the first cyber-psychiatrist, are drawn into the sub's war for their next evolution. PLAYTIME: ~20mins FORMAT: standalone .html file....

Escape from Byron Bay, by Allen Heard
Average member rating: (1 rating)

A bustling tourist attraction is turned on its head when a medical company makes an error. Bryneli-Med staff flee leaving you to face more than the music. Can you solve the puzzles and escape from Byron Bay?

Evylon, by Cosby Burnet

Fairly large map. Just explore. Right now there isn't a main goal, but I have a few for you: 1.) Bake a cake. 2.) Get the Obsidian Blade. 3.) Retrieve the Time Gear. 4.) Find the clown mask. 5.) Kill the...

Fail-Safe, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (103 ratings)

Fallacy of Dawn, by Robb Sherwin
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

In a world that never quite got over the '80s, Delarion Yar dispenses quarters for the local arcade... badly. A software pirate from better days, he's crossed the wrong people one too many times. Locked into...

Floatpoint, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (96 ratings)

It is night on this side of the planet. Settled areas are lit: a jagged crescent in the tropics, lining the inland sea. The bright splatter along the top of the curve is Tanhua, as bright from space as New...

A Flustered Duck, by Jim Aikin
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

You play as Elliott, a pig-boy. It starts when Granny Grabby orders you to get Mabel the duck down from the roof. You try, but a series of unfortunate events ensue ending with Mabel swallowing the diamond...
A Freak Accident Leaves Seattle Pantsless, by Christopher Huang
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

Galatea, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (313 ratings)

Emily Short's description: A conversation with a work of art. "47. Galatea. White Thasos marble. Non-commissioned work by the late Pygmalion of Cyprus. (The artist has since committed suicide.) Originally...

Ghosterington Night, by Wade Clarke
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

Danger-filled Ghosterington Manor appears atop the same cliff each year on Samhain night. Hidden inside are the last four works of the dead bad poet Vigilance Ghosterington. Those four poems are worth a...

Glass, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (98 ratings)

The Prince sits awkwardly on the couch, holding his glass slipper and trying to keep it from crushing. Lucinda and Theodora have the ends of the same couch, and they are taking turns seeing who can bend...

Glowgrass, by Nate Cull
Average member rating: (94 ratings)

You play as a xenohistorian on an expedition. You've been dropped (more literally than you planned) by a dropship over the ground of the Ancients. Your equipment was scattered and the dropship crashed. Now...

The Gostak, by Carl Muckenhoupt
Average member rating: (74 ratings)

"Finally, here you are. At the delcot of tondam, where doshes deave. But the doshery lutt is crenned with glauds. Glauds! How rorm it would be to pell back to the bewl and distunk them, distunk the whole...

Grand Academy for Future Villains, by Katherine Nehring
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Congratulations! We are delighted to welcome you to the Grand Academy for Future Villains, the world's finest evil preparatory school, where unimaginable power begins with a world-class education! "The Grand...

Hallow Eve, by Michael Wayne Phipps Jr.
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

You are about to drive out to meet some friends for a camping trip on Halloween night. Everything seems to be going according to plan, but the unexpected can always occur. If it did, you would need to rely...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky
Average member rating: (178 ratings)

Don't Panic! Relax, because everything you need to know about playing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is contained in the pages of this manual. In this story, you will be Arthur Dent, a rather ordinary...

Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (82 ratings)

A far-future story of discovery.

Home Sweetie-Bot Home, by Jacques Frechet
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

Hoosegow, by Ben Collins-Sussman, Jack Welch
Average member rating: (38 ratings)

Muddy's plan done landed you and your partner in the hoosegow. Now you're fixing to rectificate the matter before the marshal introduces you to the business end of a hangin' rope at dawn. Created for the...

Horse Master, by Tom McHenry
Average member rating: (71 ratings)

The Game of Horse Mastery

Hunter, in Darkness, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (119 ratings)

I pressed on, being chased by a stapler with my name on it., by Charlie Marcou
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

"I pressed on, being chased by a stapler with my name on it. This was unbelievable. Liz was turning my on stationary against me. What would she throw at us next?" - Garth Marenghi --- Based off of Garth...

Illuminismo Iniziato, by Michael J. Coyne
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

Lovingly handcrafted in Inform6, this overripe sequel to Risorgimento Represso is full of cheese, gunpowder, chemistry and explosions (well, only a little chemistry). Includes automap, sounds and graphical...

In the End, by Joe Mason
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

Your best friend has just died, and life drags on miserably. Would death be better than this? [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Indigo, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (48 ratings)

"Years ago, a witch placed you in this tower and arranged for your upkeep, paying certain villagers well to keep you supplied with the most basic necessities, and no more. Your years in the tower have...

Inform School, by William J. Shlaer
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

NOTE: This "game" warns about the possibility (certainty!) of eventually crashing your interpreter. This will happen. It also warns about possibly locking up your entire computer. This is highly unlikely in...

Invisible Parties, by Sam Kabo Ashwell (as Psychopup)
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

You are a walker of the ways between the worlds. It is not an arrangement conducive to straightforward relationships. The Three Rebeccas have created a tangle, a temporary artifice woven from parts of many...

Jigsaw, by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (78 ratings)

New Year's Eve, 1999, a quarter to midnight and where else to be but Century Park! Fireworks cascade across the sky, your stomach rumbles uneasily, music and lasers howl across the parkland... Not exactly...

Journey to Alpha Centauri (In Real Time), by Julian Fleetwood
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

If you keep it on your computer for three thousand years, you'll be rewarded by a message saying, "Welcome to Alpha Centauri. Now go home." [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Kerkerkruip, by Victor Gijsbers
Average member rating: (63 ratings)

Kerkerkruip is a short-form roguelike in the interactive fiction medium, featuring meaningful tactical and strategic depth, innovative game play, zero grinding, and a sword & sorcery setting that does not...

Kids Shouldn't Have to Save The World, by Marnie Parker
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

Kids, don’t eat your Halloween candy without having your parents inspect it first because there are SICKOS out there who will put RAZOR BLADES in it and you will CUT YOUR MOUTH and GET A POISONED INFECTION and DIE, all from eating your candy early. So don’t do that., by Dan Shiovitz
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher
Average member rating: (71 ratings)

January 14th Dear friend. My sojourn in parts foreign is at an ende. I am at lodgings in Southwark not far from the bridge at Stoney Street, come dine with me two days hence to ring in the newe year. I have...

King's Quest V - The Text Adventure (FULL VERSION), by Steve Lingle

This is the full version of the text adaptation of the widely popular King's Quest V! ...
Large Machine, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

Leadlight, by Wade Clarke
Average member rating: (33 ratings)

15-year-old Belinda Nettle is studying at Linville Girls High School in Australia's Blue Mountains. After falling asleep in the library one afternoon, she wakes from her mundane existence into a nightmare......

Leather Goddesses of Phobos, by Steve Meretzky
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

And now... the next exciting episode of humanoids in space! How did you, a regular at Joe's Bar in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, end up on a Martian moon? Can you prevent the hideous space creature from abducting...

Little Blue Men, by Michael S. Gentry
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

This game is a joke. This game is a warning. This game is a satire. This game is inspired in equal parts by Vaclav Havel's "The Memorandum" and Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". This...

Little Falls, by Alessandro Schillaci, Roberto Grassi, Simonato Enrico
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

Minnesota, September 2005. A serial killer hunting young women. A policeman with nightmares in his past. “To all units near Little Falls, there’s a 5150 code. A woman called 911, saying she’s in trouble....

Lord Bellwater's Secret, by Sam Gordon
Average member rating: (70 ratings)

Lords of Time, by Sue Gazzard and Ian Buxton
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

A band of evil timelords are plotting to alter world history, and Father Time has chosen you to help stop them. This requires 9 symbolic objects from critical times in history. Chill to the ice-age, find the...

The Lost Islands of Alabaz, by Michael Gentry
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

Once upon a time, our Kingdom was much larger than it is now, reaching across all ten islands of the Alabaz Archipelago. But then a terrible curse fell upon us. A thick, gray mist covered the sea, hiding...

Lydia's Heart, by Jim Aikin
Average member rating: (29 ratings)

"Lydia's Heart" is a large, complex game with a serious tone and seven or eight NPCs you can converse with. The genre is low-key horror: There's almost no actual blood, but there are several ways to die in a...

Make It Good, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (77 ratings)

The call comes through. Of all the dicks; you get the call, sitting in the front seat of your car, hands shaking on the steering wheel. An urgent call; but all you were thinking of was the bottle in the...

The Mary Jane of Tomorrow, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

You, Mary Jane Minsky, have a few things to clear up with your best friend Jenny Yoshida. When your robotic birthday gift doesn't go over as planned, you may need to reset your expectations, for her and...

Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, by One of the Bruces and Drunken Bastard
Average member rating: (32 ratings)

Stiffy Makane, or rather his ancestor Mentula Macanus, is here subjected to an increasingly-unlikely series of crudely sexual romps through the ancient world. It's sort of like the Satyricon, except not...

Metamorphoses, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (120 ratings)

You wake to stillness. The hammering, banging, and shouting that kept you awake half the night are gone. The air is cold, and something smells burnt. Your master's experiments must be finished, but with what...

The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet, by Graham Nelson (as Angela M. Horns)
Average member rating: (51 ratings)

Another day wasted as guest of the Empress, a wretchedly long tour of the breath-taking Boreal Falls, conducted as ever by the Lady Amilia. As if she weren't bad enough, an honour guard of soldiers, their...

A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Steve Meretzky
Average member rating: (108 ratings)

"If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not..." --Shakespeare It's 2031. The world is on the brink of chaos. In the United States of North America, spiraling...

Mrs. Pepper's Nasty Secret, by Jim Aikin and Eric Eve
Average member rating: (39 ratings)

Walking home from school is mostly okay, except for one big problem: Every day you have to pass right by Mrs. Pepper's house. She may not actually be a witch, but she sure acts like one. And now she's stolen...
The Mulldoon Legacy, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (42 ratings)
"In the event of my disappearance, my legacy shall not be distributed until every room in my museum has been searched in case I can be located." --Last Will and Testament, E. Mulldoon.
The Mulldoon Murders, by Jon Ingold
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

Mystery House Possessed, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (10 ratings)

This intricate all-text reworking draws on the Gothic, as well as Clue, to simulate seven characters working to outwit the killer in their midst.

Nautilisia, by Ryan Veeder
Average member rating: (41 ratings)

Your friend claims to be in a coma.

New Cat, by Poster
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

You are the new cat, but you do not have a name. Today, He has left the door to your place open. If you explore the new world, can you get a name?

Night of the Creeper, by Craig Dutton
Average member rating: (1 rating)

As an amateur Ghost-Hunter you head for the village of Abbeymede in hope of witnessing any supernatural sightings. However, this night will unravel a tale of dread and horror and the true nature of the ghost...

Olivia's Orphanorium, by Sam Kabo Ashwell
Average member rating: (23 ratings)

Sparky young entrepreneur Olivia sets out to fulfil her dream of running an orphanage. The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Our Island, by Patrick Williams
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

You're on an Island. Explore!
Parasites, by Marius Müller
Average member rating: (7 ratings)
On a remote island, you have to make a decision in a war you don't fully understand. 4th place in the 2012 Ectocomp.

The People's Glorious Revolutionary Text Adventure Game, by Taylor Vaughan
Average member rating: (52 ratings)

Sure, there's only five of you against a world full of reactionaries, but you have Revolutionary Spirit! You can't possibly fail. Nothing can stand in your way! Now if only you could find your Revolutionary...

Photopia, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (521 ratings)

"Will you read me a story?" "Read you a story? What fun would that be? I've got a better idea: let's tell a story together."

Pick Up The Phone Booth And Die, by Rob Noyes
Average member rating: (104 ratings)

A very short game. Whatever you do, do not pick up the phone booth; well, you can guess from the title what happens if you do. [--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

The Problems Compound, by Andrew Schultz
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

Wherein you, Alec Smart, turn what's-thats into that's-whats.

The Promise, by Sean Huxter
Average member rating: (9 ratings)

Your village lives a harsh life of perpetual winter and has for as long as you can remember. As a young boy unable to go on the hunt, you may find that, with almost everyone away, you can be of some use to...

Pytho's Mask, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

On the Night of the Comet, the usual astrological bonds do not hold, and the order of the universe is threatened. It is a time made for rebels and usurpers, and all who would claim the kingdom for...

Ragnarok: Twilight of the Gods , by Admiral Jota
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

Late night movie night at your place! It’s two AM, your friends are here, the DVD is already in the machine, and you’re ready to watch. Or are you?
Reality Railroad, by Admiral Jota
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Reference and Representation: An Approach to First-Order Semantics, by Ryan Veeder
Average member rating: (33 ratings)

Violence is the answer to this one.

Risorgimento Represso, by Michael J. Coyne
Average member rating: (44 ratings)

Robin & Orchid, by Ryan Veeder and Emily Boegheim
Average member rating: (60 ratings)

High school journalists spend the night in a church, investigating reports of a ghost.

Rover's Day Out, by Jack Welch and Ben Collins-Sussman
Average member rating: (50 ratings)

Three hundred years ago, the Brazilian Space Agency discovered a rocky exoplanet only 38 light years from Earth. With a surface temperature of 1200 Celsius and nine times Earth gravity, it's hardly the sort...

Scroll Thief, by Daniel M. Stelzer
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

Not a single spell! After two full years of study! Every Enchanter—every mortal with the power to change very nature of the universe with their words—has a spell book! Filled with words of power collected...

Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (390 ratings)

"A one-room game set in your apartment." [--blurb from Competition Aught-Zero]

Shrapnel, by Adam Cadre
Average member rating: (160 ratings)

Six, by Wade Clarke
Average member rating: (38 ratings)

Your name is Harriet Leitner, and you and your twin sister Demi turned six this morning! You're having a fancy dress birthday party, and this afternoon you'll be playing Hide and Seek Tip over in the park....

Slouching Towards Bedlam, by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
Average member rating: (204 ratings)

In the beginning was the Word, and it was hungry. ...

Snack Time!, by Hardy the Bulldog and Renee Choba
Average member rating: (59 ratings)

Can you help one hungry bulldog in his quest to find something good to eat? He would like that. A lot. [blurb from IF Comp 2008]

Snowquest, by Eric Eve
Average member rating: (44 ratings)

You've been on your quest so long you've almost forgotten what it is all about, but now you are nearing your destination -- if only you can stay alive long enough in this frozen wilderness to reach it.

Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (284 ratings)

A vacation in our lovely country! See the ethnic charms of the countryside, the historic grandeur of the capital city. Taste our traditional cuisine; smell the flowers of the Old Tree. And all without...

Square Circle, by Eric Eve
Average member rating: (26 ratings)

What is your crime? Why do you feel both guilty and unjustly punished? What has happened to your memory? How will you draw a square circle and get out of your prison? What will you find then?

Starborn, by Juhana Leinonen
Average member rating: (31 ratings)

The Magellan returned to Earth two weeks ago. I however can never go home. There are two versions of the story: Inform 7 version (2011) that uses a single-keyword parser, and Undum/Vorple version (2012) that...

Sting of the Wasp, by Jason Devlin
Average member rating: (33 ratings)

Sugarlawn, by Mike Spivey
Average member rating: (29 ratings)

With a loud "click," the door closes behind you. Finally! You are locked inside an antebellum Southern mansion, alone, wearing only a chicken costume. You've fantasized about this moment for years.

Sunless Skies, by Failbetter Games
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

SAIL THE STARS. BETRAY YOUR QUEEN. MURDER A SUN. Sunless Skies is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling for PC, Mac and Linux.

The Superlatives: Aetherfall, by Alice Ripley
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

Lead a superpowered team of "Superlatives" to defend 19th-century Victorian London! Battle a Martian warship, clockwork monsters, and nefarious inventors. "The Superlatives: Aetherfall" is a 260,000-word...

Swan Hill, by Laura Michet
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

Swan Hill is an interactive story about brothers who have grown apart. It has multiple endings.

A Tale of the Cave, by Snoother
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

No longer are William McGonagall's ruinous effects confined to poetry. A Tale of the Cave is the unlikely marriage between Scotland's notoriously bad poet and the classic cave-crawl genre. Made for the Ruin...

Tales of the Traveling Swordsman, by Mike Snyder
Average member rating: (45 ratings)

You are the traveling swordsman; the strong and silent stranger; the wandering vanquisher of villainy. Damsels swoon for you. Good men respect and envy you. Scoundrels learn to fear you. Even so, you are but...

Terrormolinos, by Peter Jones, Trevor Lever, Mike Robinson, James Byrne, and Roger Taylor
Average member rating: (6 ratings)

When chubby-cheeked Cliff Richard first sang "We're all going on a summer holiday" it's unlikely that he was referring to the Costa Brava resort of Terrormolinos, because Terrormolinos is the kind of place...

Tethered, by Linus Åkesson
Average member rating: (26 ratings)

"I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man."...

To Hell in a Hamper, by J. J. Guest
Average member rating: (106 ratings)

Professor Pettibone, eminent Victorian balloonist, has a problem. He can't get it up. His balloon that is. If he can't reach an altitude of 20,000 feet, and soon, both he and his mysterious travelling...

Toby's Nose, by Chandler Groover
Average member rating: (89 ratings)

A murder most foul has been committed and Sherlock Holmes is on the case. You are his dog.

Transparent, by Hanon Ondricek
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

An eerie exploration of an abandoned historic house. Acquire pictures with your trusty camera to get paid and search for evidence of the 2nd unit crew who is supposed to be there with you. Someone is...

The Twelve Heads of St. John the Baptist, by Jake Wildstrom
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

Ultimate Quest, by Emily Short
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

You've been kidnapped, confused, and trapped in a factory to do labor far beneath your true level. The friends you once knew think you're dead, if they think about you at all. But you're equipped with...

ULTRA BUSINESS TYCOON III, by Porpentine
Average member rating: (51 ratings)

I’ve finally finished porting and cracking an old edutainment game from the 90′s. Please enjoy.

The Usher, by Branden Rishel and Daphne Gabrieli
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

You are Lalu, a young woman who is buried alive—entombed. Your job is to lead the dead queen to the afterlife in this multi-dimensional tale of escape.

Valley of Steel, by The Custodian
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

The creep of surveillance and control has continued unabated. Every citizen is required to have a chip implant which can definitively identify them to anyone with a scanner. You've spent years working with...

Violet, by Jeremy Freese
Average member rating: (350 ratings)

Calm down. All you have to do is write a thousand words and everything will be fine. And you have all day, except it's already noon. [blurb from IF Comp 2008]

The Warbler's Nest, by Jason McIntosh
Average member rating: (83 ratings)

Surely the reed bank counts as a wild place. While it gives you so much, you've never tended it, not really, not like you do with your garden. It's something like the forest, then, but much safer to search...

Wetlands, by Clara Raubertas
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

Wetlands is an interactive quagmire that leads you from the image of a fantastical city to a choice about the actual city's future, via a collection of mechanical puzzles in a watery setting.

Whom The Telling Changed, by Aaron A. Reed
Average member rating: (63 ratings)

The people had always gathered on moonless nights to hear the stories, since the time of their ancestors' ancestors. The heat of the fire and the glow in the storyteller's eyes made the past present, and the...

The Wizard Sniffer, by Buster Hudson
Average member rating: (98 ratings)

You were recently acquired by the brave Ser Leonhart and his squire to sniff out the evil shapeshifting wizard. Unfortunately, you are not a wizard sniffer (if such a thing even exists). As far as you can...

You've Got a Stew Going!, by Ryan Veeder
Average member rating: (36 ratings)

Your friend has invited you over for stew. He has not bothered to procure most of the ingredients.

Zork, by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling
Average member rating: (31 ratings)

Also known as Dungeon.

Zork I, by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
Average member rating: (204 ratings)

Many strange tales have been told of the fabulous treasure, exotic creatures, and diabolical puzzles in the Great Underground Empire. As an aspiring adventurer, you will undoubtedly want to locate these...

Zork II, by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank
Average member rating: (90 ratings)

The Wizard appears, floating nonchalantly in the air beside you. He grins sideways at you. The Wizard incants "Fantasize," but nothing happens. He shakes his wand. Nothing happens. With a slightly...

Zork III, by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank
Average member rating: (72 ratings)

An old, oddly youthful man turns toward you slowly. His long, silver hair dances about him as a fresh breeze blows. "You have reached the final test, my friend! You are proved clever and powerful, but this...

Zork Zero, by Steve Meretzky
Average member rating: (54 ratings)

The Great Underground Empire is in its heyday. Upscale condos crowd the massive caverns. Subterranean highways stretch from Aragain to the Fublio Valley. And no adventurer has yet set foot in the open field...

Zozzled, by Steph Cherrywell
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

Hotsy-totsy! It's 1928 and you're madcap flapper Hazel Greene, tottering around the city's finest hotel with a gullet full of giggle juice...until a gaggle of ghosts shows up to spoil the fun by turning...


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