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Games exploring trauma and other messy subject matter


by Kastel - 27 votes for 20 games, last vote on October 31, 2023; created on August 24, 2023
"Looking for, as Nathalie Lawhead puts it, art caught between “everything is horrible”, “everything is survivable”, and “this is too hard to talk about”. I'm interested in how people explore the messy things in life through IF engines."

Recovered games


by Denk - 14 votes for 12 games, last vote on February 2, 2024; created on August 13, 2023
"Any game which has been practically unavailable for a long time for most players but is now again available to play, though there might be differences from the original version."

Games with faceplants/heel turns at the very end


by Andrew Schultz - 5 votes for 5 games, last vote on January 3, 2024; created on July 30, 2023
"I'm looking for--well, anything that does this. Not "you are missing 4 of 5 pieces of the magic sword," but more, it could either be something funny to notice if you really think about it, or it could be something more obviously..."

Games where deliberately losing/dying/losing an item advances the plot


by Andrew Schultz - 19 votes for 15 games, last vote on December 31, 2023; created on July 30, 2023
"The meaning of "deliberately" can be a bit broad, but I'm wondering about cases where an action clearly marked risky or fatal helps you see something or progress, and you would not have otherwise. I'm not thinking so much about where,..."

Games with aspect transfer mechanics


by David Welbourn - 8 votes for 7 games, last vote on October 16, 2023; created on July 23, 2023
"One really cool thing about interactive fiction games is that they don't need to conform to normal physics. Sometimes, a game will let you take an abstract quality from something, as if it was its own object, and use it on something else..."

Games with amusement parks/fairgrounds in them


by Cerfeuil - 38 votes for 24 games, last vote on January 18, 2024; created on June 20, 2023
"Games that feature carnivals, fairgrounds, amusement parks, circuses, etc. Of any kind!"

Games to play in the summer


by Malasana - 5 votes for 5 games, last vote on July 6, 2023; created on June 1, 2023
"Sunny, light-hearted games that are ideal to play during the warm summer months."

Parser games with WOW moments.


by Marco Innocenti - 28 votes for 21 games, last vote on October 31, 2023; created on May 17, 2023
"Vote for parser games (in all of history) that had incredible Wow moments, twists, or whatever made you think for ages or left you seriously amazed. As an example “that moment” in Spider and Web. Please avoid being spoilery as I would..."

long games for beginners


by Cygnus - 16 votes for 9 games, last vote on July 22, 2023; created on March 31, 2023
"so… you know how savior fair is long and awesome, but also, like, complicated? and.. cruel, as the ratings out it? I think the first thing that goot me INTO IF was anchor head. kinda that difficulty. recently played d’arkun and that was..."

Indie games that are commercial or were commercial at one point


by deathbytroggles - 7 votes for 7 games, last vote on May 20, 2023; created on March 30, 2023
"So I'm not looking for games from the well-known companies like Infocom, Tellarium, Legend, etc. Looking to compile a list of: 1. Games that used to be commercial but no longer (e.g. Once and Future, The Shadow and the Cathedral, 1893)..."

Games with exploration (or even just games w/ secret passages and such)


by Cygnus - 32 votes for 22 games, last vote on January 8, 2024; created on March 28, 2023
"There seems to be a LOT of games where you just.. explore hidden secrets in mansions, or similar. some of them have a plot, some of 'em don't, but i'm lookin' for stuff like D'Arkun, the Manor at Whitby.. Or any games with just..."

Games w/ cool mechanics


by Cygnus - 18 votes for 9 games, last vote on October 16, 2023; created on March 28, 2023
"Lookin' for stuff like Colortura, What Heart Heard of Ghost Guessed, Delightful Wallpaper, etc. Just... anything that has a very unconventional and scrumptious mechanic system. Thanky!"

Games with "recipe puzzles"


by Denk - 14 votes for 11 games, last vote on November 4, 2023; created on March 19, 2023
"Any game where "recipe puzzles" are a big part of the game, whether it is alchemy, potion brewing, cooking etc. I came to think of this as I am currently playing "According to Cain" and realized the puzzles reminded me a lot of the..."

"Weird and Eerie" interactive fiction


by Dawn Sueoka - 26 votes for 17 games, last vote on September 13, 2023; created on March 19, 2023
"I’m reading and really enjoying The Weird and the Eerie, by critic Mark Fisher. In this book, Fisher explores the sense of something’s being simultaneously unsettling and fascinating. “Weird” and “eerie,” according to Fisher, are the..."

PCs with mental disabilities other than depression and anxiety


by pieartsy - 19 votes for 15 games, last vote on November 30, 2023; created on March 16, 2023
"Games with PCs that have mental disabilities aside from depression or anxiety - PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, dyslexia, etc - that significantly impact them/the story. The PC does not need an official realistic..."

Programming/command-line games?


by autumnc - 29 votes for 17 games, last vote on July 22, 2023; created on March 5, 2023
"What are some games that either include computer programming as a game mechanic, elements that simulate computer programming, or include some sort of command-line or terminal interface? This could include parser games, choice-based..."

Games with flavor text


by OverThinking - 10 votes for 8 games, last vote on January 8, 2024; created on February 23, 2023
"I'm looking for games where background events and flavor text appear frequently, independently of the player's actions. Maybe there's wind blowing around objects, or someone's making a lot of noise in the kitchen. Bonus points for..."

Verb That Noun titles


by David Welbourn - 10 votes for 7 games, last vote on May 2, 2023; created on February 20, 2023
"This is a very silly poll that collects games with "Verb That Noun" style titles into one list. It amused me."

Games with Replay Value


by Lance Cirone - 19 votes for 13 games, last vote on August 2, 2023; created on February 13, 2023
"These are games that you can come to again and again, even after you beat them. It could be a story-heavy game where you won't connect all the dots until you run through it a second or third time, or an expansive core mechanic that..."

Most Sequel-worthy Game of 2022 - Author's Choice - an IFDB Poll


by MathBrush - 12 votes for 4 games, last vote on February 17, 2023; created on January 31, 2023
"This poll is part of the 2022 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the most sequel-worthy game of 2022. Voting is anonymous and open only to IFDB..."
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