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Choice-Based Games with a Spoke and Hub Structure

by J. J. Guest - 10 votes for 8 games, last vote on November 22, 2021; 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 - 7 votes for 7 games, last vote on April 25, 2021; 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 - 27 votes for 17 games, last vote on November 10, 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 - 43 votes for 29 games, last vote on February 3, 2022; 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?"

games with cooking

by jlvp1234 - 25 votes for 13 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on February 13, 2021
"I'm looking for games with cooking. ever since I have played gourmet and, gourmet version1, wich is the same, I have also played you got a stew going. does anyone have any recommendations other than these on wich I have just mentioned?"

RPG games worth playing for a text adventurer.

by Rovarsson - 6 votes for 4 games, last vote on February 3, 2022; created on February 12, 2021
"Over on the IF-Forum, there was a post recommending a number of Eamon games that are not hardcore RPG. So, can you suggest Eamon or other RPG-style games that lean towards IF? (Big on puzzles, low on kicking monster's bums and stats.)"

Games that are comfy and cozy

by MarkyJez - 31 votes for 21 games, last vote on October 11, 2023; created on January 11, 2021
"I'm interested in trying out games that are more relaxed than a lot of IFs are. Though I do like the adventure and excitement of those particular IFs, I also want to try out other stuff that is more quiet and understated, the kind of..."

games with guns

by jlvp1234 - 3 votes for 2 games, last vote on February 1, 2021; created on January 11, 2021
"I'm looking for games that are similar to gun mute and, amist the saige brush and cactus, might be butchering that final title."

Games featuring a central evolving puzzle mechanism

by Lance Campbell - 30 votes for 14 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on December 16, 2020
"Looking for any games that feature a core puzzle mechanism that the player masters and expands upon throughout the game. The puzzle mechanism should start out simple, and evolve and expand in an organic way, supporting the game and story..."

Visual Novels for IF fans

by autumnc - 17 votes for 8 games, last vote on January 4, 2023; created on December 10, 2020
"Visual novels are a form of interactive fiction whose community is almost entirely distinct from the interactive fiction community based around IFDB/IFComp. There are plenty of visual novels that can easily be recast as CYOA text-based..."

Best ChooseYourStory games

by MathBrush - 37 votes for 11 games, last vote on April 9, 2021; created on December 9, 2020
"I'm interested in knowing what the best ChooseYourStory games to play are"

Best of The Quill, PAW and GAC

by Denk - 44 votes for 35 games, last vote on May 26, 2023; created on November 15, 2020
"More than 1000 games were made with the British tools "The Quill", "PAW" and "GAC" through the 80s and early 90s. Some bad, others worth playing today. I would like to know which are the best. Those with the most votes are probably among..."

Best parser games since 2017

by Rovarsson - 104 votes for 43 games, last vote on July 27, 2023; created on November 9, 2020
"When browsing for good recent games, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of Twine and Choice games. Add to that a great number of games with five stars and only one rating, many of which are also, yes, Twine and Choice games, it gets difficult..."

Games with a good "Investigation" feel

by C4rd1n4l - 17 votes for 10 games, last vote on July 10, 2022; created on October 19, 2020
"I'm looking for games that really push you to closely examine every nook and cranny of a setting. Maybe an escape-room game of some kind where the player has to "solve" all the puzzles in a room before progressing."

Historical sci-fi / alternate history

by Rovarsson - 14 votes for 10 games, last vote on April 13, 2022; created on September 22, 2020
"I loved "Slouching towards Bedlam". Does anyone know of any other games that have that "the-future-as-it-might-have-been-imagined-long-ago"-feel? Anything steampunk qualifies, I'm also thinking of Jules Verne's novels and even the world..."

Games Where the Title Is You

by AKheon - 57 votes for 46 games, last vote on January 1, 2023; created on September 11, 2020
"Games with a title that is the same as the main character."

I'm looking for Easter Eggs..

by morganthegirl - 25 votes for 19 games, last vote on February 5, 2023; created on September 2, 2020
"I'm somewhat new to IF and was wondering if Easter Eggs are ever hidden in these games as they are in others? If so, which games have them? If there a lot of them, then which ones are the "best"?"

I don't know how to play a game

by High virago - 8 votes for 7 games, last vote on December 13, 2021; created on August 24, 2020
"i don't know how to play a game in the ifdb so can you please tell me?"
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