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by matt w (Matt Weiner) - 41 votes for 27 games, last vote on November 30, 2020; created on March 13, 2015
"What are some IF works that involve a relationship between a mother and a daughter? Not necessarily as the center of the work, but as something that impinges on it at all."
NPCs Made Easy
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 33 votes for 19 games, last vote on January 22, 2019; created on February 9, 2015
"A list of games which notably use elision, sleight-of-hand, cleverly framed premises, or other fiendish implementor tricks in order to include significant NPCs in the story without having to implement them in deep, complicated detail...."
Give me a second chance!
by verityvirtue - 33 votes for 19 games, last vote on December 30, 2020; created on February 1, 2015
"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 second chances give you gear or skills or knowledge that you need to know to win the game."
Games Theoretically but not Practically Beatable on First Attempt
by Floating Info - 18 votes for 15 games, last vote on January 5, 2018; created on January 25, 2015
"I'm looking for a very specific level of difficulty: a game where you theoretically could beat it on your first attempt, but you won't. At some point in the game you'll fail, but that point may vary from person to person, and when you..."
Non-Infocom games of commercial era worth playing
by tekket - 82 votes for 33 games, last vote on November 21, 2020; created on January 6, 2015
"What commercial games published between 1980-1993 other than those by Infocom do you think are worth playing? "
Games with non-standard directions
by Andrew Schultz - 23 votes for 17 games, last vote on May 25, 2017; created on December 28, 2014
"I'm wondering about games (primarily parser) with weird directions beyond NW/SW/SE/NE, up, down or inside/outside. I like the example in the Inform docs (Charles S. Roberts) about hexagonal directions but have no clue how to go about..."
by Anya Johanna DeNiro - 32 votes for 19 games, last vote on May 1, 2018; created on November 17, 2014
"Looking for games that really explore verticality, which go up (way up) in their setting. Human-made structures in particular: towers, skyscrapers, radio antennae. Games that figuratively can make you feel dizzy, particularly after a..."
Should Glulx IF be described as 'for all systems'?
by Sheogorath - No votes; created on November 13, 2014
"Several years ago, the only systems you could put a 'terp on were PC, Mac, and Linux computers, but with the advent of the smartphone, 'all systems' has grown by 100%, if not more. That's why I believe that only TADS3.1 (without WebUI)..."
Fun Halloween Games!
by bluevelvetwings - 12 votes for 7 games, last vote on October 11, 2020; created on October 14, 2014
"There are already polls for good horror games, and there are quite a few good ones on this site. But I'm looking for ones that fit the side of "spooky" but not "terrifying" - things that make you giggle nervously at the scares, but don't..."
First IF that you have ever played
by BlitzWithGuns - 61 votes for 34 games, last vote on June 22, 2020; created on August 23, 2014
"What is the first IF that you have ever played? The game that made you love the concept of IF?"
Games with character creators/creation
by cynical11 - 11 votes for 10 games, last vote on May 20, 2019; created on August 3, 2014
"Basically, any game that features any kind of character creation system; but, the more in-depth, the better."
Games You Return To
by Ghalev - 30 votes for 19 games, last vote on December 16, 2020; created on July 27, 2014
"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, the warm old socks of parser and puzzle, the socks-full-of-comfort-food of overextended metaphor? What..."
IF with a sense of wonder
by blue/green - 48 votes for 23 games, last vote on April 11, 2020; created on July 17, 2014
"What interactive fiction would you recommend that evokes a sense of wonder? These could be games that capture wonder or beauty in ordinary things, perhaps by viewing the world through the eyes of a child. Or they could be games that..."
Best Steampunk games
by Alyssa Barstow - 19 votes for 6 games, last vote on January 16, 2017; created on June 20, 2014
"Looking for Steampunk style games- something with the flair of the Fallen London text game or a story like Incarceron. Can be any length."
Best of ADRIFT 5
by Bainespal - 9 votes for 8 games, last vote on March 14, 2020; created on June 19, 2014
"I set up the Linux version of ADRIFT 5 on my Mint 16 system. I even ripped the icon from the Windows version, as documented in this thread. Software support for Mint 16 is ending after this month. Before I have to configure my system all..."
Dreams That You Have To Escape From
by Dachi Sirbiladze - 4 votes for 4 games, last vote on May 15, 2017; created on June 8, 2014
"Lets Say A Guy Who Started Sleeping On A Regular Night And Had A Dream That He Needed To Find A Way To Escape Whatever Is In His Way To End The Dream"
Good sci-fi games
by IFDent - 54 votes for 29 games, last vote on September 28, 2020; created on May 29, 2014
"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 sci-fi text adventures."
by Jerako - 29 votes for 20 games, last vote on September 23, 2020; created on May 25, 2014
"I'm looking for a list of games to try where the narrative is the focus of the game. Where the author is really trying to tell a story over making a puzzlefest (though puzzles aren't necessarily unwelcome, especially if they drive they..."
Kusoge of the IF Comp
by Molly - 6 votes for 4 games, last vote on March 1, 2017; created on May 21, 2014
"From Hardcore Gaming 101: "Kusoge" (糞ゲー, or クソゲー) is a Japanese compound word - "kuso", meaning "garbage, crap, shit", and "ge", short for "geemu", the Japanese pronounciation of the word "game". It means, quite literally, "shit game"...."
Games with unique hint systems
by delano - 21 votes for 17 games, last vote on December 8, 2018; created on April 27, 2014
"I'm looking for games that offer hints in any way, except for printing them in sequence on the screen. For example: characters that offer hints; objects that, when examined or used in a certain way, suggest actions to the player; etc."