If you're looking for a specific kind of IF, you can create a poll to ask other people for recommendations.
by Rose - 454 votes for 63 games, last vote on January 5, 2022; created on February 1, 2009
"As a historical exercise, I've begun compiling a list of IF games that have either done something ground breaking with the medium or otherwise influenced it; and I've turned it into a poll so everyone can have input on the expansion...."
Games for Beginners
by WriterBob - 265 votes for 66 games, last vote on December 21, 2021; created on November 11, 2008
"I'm looking for games that are suited for adults who are new to IF. My purpose is to share these games with friends and let them get experience IF without being frustrated by mazes or guess-the-verb issues. Please avoid children's games...."
by Jeff Sonas - 252 votes for 48 games, last vote on November 6, 2021; created on March 26, 2009
"I am looking for the games that, in your opinion, you simply must have played in order to really call yourself an IF aficionado. Or if someone wanted to play N number of IF games in order to get as good an overview of the IF classics..."
Best Short Games (5-60 minutes)
by Sasha Davidovna - 206 votes for 63 games, last vote on January 1, 2022; created on July 12, 2009
"I'm pretty new to IF and am having a lot of fun, but in between a toddler and a job and other real life stuff, I'm having trouble finding time to finish many of the longer games I want to play. Can you please recommend me some fun and/or..."
Canonicity and IF
by juliaofbath - 190 votes for 50 games, last vote on March 23, 2021; created on July 27, 2017
"I'm interested in determining whether or not a clear canon has emerged within the world of IF/hypertext. Of course, there is a clear critical opinion regarding which works belong to this tentative canon, but I'm interested in what..."
Solved without Hints
by joncgoodwin - 187 votes for 106 games, last vote on November 30, 2021; created on July 16, 2010
"I'm very interested in hearing truthful accounts of at least somewhat difficult games (or games that don't solve themselves at least) solved completely without recourse to hints, walkthroughs, etc. "
Games with graphics and/or sound
by eyesack - 167 votes for 87 games, last vote on November 7, 2019; created on December 15, 2008
"I couldn't find an easy way to search for this, so I figured I'd ask the hivemind: What games use graphics and/or sound to enhance the gameplay, similar to City of Secrets and Necrotic Drift?"
Best IF Titles
by Fredrik - 130 votes for 44 games, last vote on February 16, 2021; created on February 13, 2011
"No doubt you have played some great games with great titles, or been disappointed to find games with great titles that did not hold up to expectations. What are the best titles of IF? They can be funny, elegant, evocative, or whatever..."
by WriterBob - 128 votes for 33 games, last vote on August 18, 2021; created on November 15, 2008
"I'm interested in games that take the fiction of IF to new levels. These are not straightforward, plot driven games. Think instead of games that play like poetry, or games that focus on a character's revelation."
by Jeff Sonas - 126 votes for 48 games, last vote on March 10, 2021; created on March 8, 2009
"I'm looking for games that evoked strong feelings or strong mental images that stayed with you long after you finished the games."
Top-notch horror or terror games
by madducks - 116 votes for 28 games, last vote on October 26, 2021; created on March 7, 2009
"I'm looking for games that are the best representations of horror or terror in IF."
Best parser games since 2017
by Rovarsson - 95 votes for 38 games, last vote on June 15, 2021; 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..."
by Sam Kabo Ashwell - 95 votes for 46 games, last vote on August 3, 2021; created on May 19, 2011
"I've been thinking about games that provide really brilliant moments. This is not about the overall quality of the game: there are plenty of excellent games that never deliver a clear, standout moment of unalloyed excellence. And surely..."
More than it appears to be...
by dacharya64 - 89 votes for 38 games, last vote on July 6, 2021; created on January 14, 2012
"I'm looking for games that aren't exactly what they seem. Perhaps they come across as simple or romantic or anything really, the point is that things take a turn for the worse (or perhaps the better) and everything begins to change...."
Games suitable for children
by Mike Sousa - 85 votes for 32 games, last vote on November 22, 2021; created on October 11, 2008
"My 10 year old twins recently "discovered" IF. They fell in love with Grunk and are asking for more games to play. I've searched BAF and have some ideas, but figured I would give this poll a shot since there are hundreds and hundreds of..."
Non-Infocom games of commercial era worth playing
by tekket - 83 votes for 34 games, last vote on May 5, 2021; 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 NPCs that tag along
by Ghalev - 80 votes for 44 games, last vote on October 26, 2021; created on February 12, 2009
"List here any games that feature a (preferably memorable!) "sidekick" character - an NPC who follows the viewpoint character around for most or all of the game, as per Floyd in Planetfall or Trent/Tiffany in Leather Goddesses of Phobos."
by J'onn Roger - 75 votes for 25 games, last vote on March 2, 2021; created on July 17, 2009
"I'm not looking for supernatural/ghost stories or horror stories, just games that do a good job being scary and/or disturbing."
by Molly - 74 votes for 27 games, last vote on June 17, 2020; created on February 3, 2009
"In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm looking for games that deal with romance and relationships."
Games with an abrupt and unexpected ending twist
by dutchmule - 71 votes for 26 games, last vote on March 2, 2021; created on December 13, 2009
"I'm looking for games which, as in a lot of short stories, feature a sudden and unexpected revelation/twist at the very end of the game, that possibly changes your interpretation of what the game was really all about. (but please be..."