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IF sampler platter (showcases the best of IF in many unique ways) because Iím bored with the basics.

by CJ - 5 votes for 4 games, last vote on April 25, 2022; created on March 17, 2022
"I want some of the best selections (just a few, 10-20 tops) of the greatest and most imaginative IF out there. I recently downloaded an IF app, and I want a bit more variety so I can learn a bit more. Stuff like 9:05 is great, I just..."

Wodehousean Comedy

by Rovarsson - 15 votes for 8 games, last vote on September 23, 2022; created on March 15, 2022
"Manors, butlers, m'ladies, m'lords. Be they upstairs or downstairs, or asking if you rang."

The New Abstract

by strivenword - 11 votes for 6 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on March 6, 2022
"Time goes on, vibes change, people change, historical thresholds are crossed. I always loved the unique kind of abstract/surreal genre in IF. I don't want to give a grocery list of the games that I liked it in, because I don't want it to..."

Games with Trump-like (antagonist) characters

by Andrew Schultz - 9 votes for 9 games, last vote on March 2, 2022; created on December 14, 2021
"While we want to put something like Trump behind us, it's not easy. Humor can help. So can comparing him to a historical villain. I'm interested in other efforts that have a clearly Trump-ish character in them, whether skewering his..."

Games with complex conversations

by OverThinking - 11 votes for 8 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on November 30, 2021
"I'm looking for games with complex NPCs who are able to have in-depth conversations, especially if conversation options change based on other events in the game. The Ur-example is, of course, Galatea, but I'd also like to see games where..."

Your crazy friend/relative's crazy house

by Malasana - 13 votes for 10 games, last vote on July 30, 2023; created on November 26, 2021
""The archetypal IF setting will always be Your Crazy Friend/Relative's Crazy House. It's the perfect way to work through all the classic IF tropes - plenty of puzzles to solve for no other reason than to see what's beyond, sealed-off..."

Highly atmospheric and immersive games

by Cryptic Puffin - 31 votes for 20 games, last vote on January 9, 2024; created on November 14, 2021
"I'm looking for games with effective use of location, language, etc. to really immerse you in the locale and the story, no matter the genre-- any game which you felt really taken with the atmosphere would be great. Thank you!"

Games With Unfair Beginnings

by Canalboy - 23 votes for 16 games, last vote on July 2, 2023; created on October 7, 2021
"By this I mean games that can be made unwinnable near the start or have hellish opening puzzles."

For your consideration: XYZZY-eligible Best Individual Puzzle of 2020

by Sobol - 7 votes for 7 games, last vote on September 22, 2021; created on September 17, 2021
"This is for suggesting games released in 2020 which you think might be worth considering for Best Individual PUzzle in the XYZZY awards. This is not a zeroth-round nomination. This is not an official list. The point of poll is partly to..."

Parser games (any system, any age) with English rural setting/atmosphere

by Marco Innocenti - 20 votes for 12 games, last vote on March 10, 2022; created on September 17, 2021
"I'm looking for any parser game (modern or vintage) that is set in an English, rural, Victorian overall ambient, both indoor and outdoor. As an example, something in the mood of The Hound of the Baskervilles, with moors, villages,..."

Games that would work well as a movie

by Karl Ove Hufthammer - 13 votes for 7 games, last vote on May 1, 2023; created on August 17, 2021
"As a contrast to games with impossible-to-film moments, which games do you think would work well if they were adapted to the big screen, either as a feature film or a short film (live action or animation)? A game might work well because..."

Best mechanical/physics puzzles.

by Rovarsson - 13 votes for 12 games, last vote on March 14, 2023; created on June 23, 2021
"I had a lot of fun with the underground trolley puzzle in Axe of Kolt by Larry Horsfield. Any other games that feature cool mechanical devices, Rube Goldberg machines or solutions that rely on using the laws of physics (gravity of..."

Games for 13year old with adult reading level

by Lyon - 13 votes for 12 games, last vote on January 9, 2024; created on June 19, 2021
"I'm looking for game recommendations for a 13-year-old. They have an adult reading level, so vocabulary isn't a challenge, but don't take that as a restriction: I think they would be content reading a less mature work as well. Ideally, a..."

AGT must plays?

by Rovarsson - 8 votes for 4 games, last vote on December 16, 2021; created on May 7, 2021
"I've recently started playing Cliff Diver 1 and I quit because I got impossibly stuck. I don't want to give u^p on a potential treasure trove though. Recommendations for AGT games?"

Choice-Based Games with a Spoke and Hub Structure

by J. J. Guest - 10 votes for 9 games, last vote on February 3, 2024; created on April 18, 2021
"After playing a couple of the Fabled Lands gamebooks, I noticed they use a Spoke and Hub structure. I'm interested in choice-based IF games which use a similar structure. Sam Kabo Ashwell's blog post "Standard Patterns in Choice-Based..."

Medium-hard puzzle and adventure games

by Bentabnick - 8 votes for 8 games, last vote on January 9, 2024; created on April 6, 2021
"If you made or can find a medium-hard adventure game, puzzle game, or both, please respond."

Games where the player must draw their own map

by Paxton - 26 votes for 14 games, last vote on July 18, 2022; created on March 29, 2021
"Ideally these are games whose puzzles/challenges involve the map in some way (hidden connections, layout analysis, &c.) and aren't just games which could be mapped. I'm especially interested in games which use the action of drawing the..."

Games with detailed descriptions of art works

by Greg Frost - 28 votes for 17 games, last vote on December 31, 2023; created on March 22, 2021
"I am looking for games which use the literary technique of ekphrasis: "a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined" (Wikipedia)."

Games that are adaptations of conventional (not CYOA) books

by ChrisM - 45 votes for 31 games, last vote on January 21, 2024; created on February 24, 2021
"I'm interested in games that are straightforward adaptations of conventional books (probably novels, but I'd be interested to know if there are any non-fiction book adaptations). The ones that I know of are The Famous Five and The..."

Original short adventure games

by DarkWolf - 4 votes for 4 games, last vote on December 21, 2021; created on February 18, 2021
"I'm searching for an adventure game that's relatively short, with good descriptions - kind of like Spider and Web. Is there any other game like it?"
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