Interactive Fiction Top 50 of All Time (2023 edition)

People were asked to send in a list of between 1 and 20 of their favourite IF games of all time (in no particular order). The number of points a game got was the number of lists on which it appeared. 59 participants cast a total of 880 votes on 341 different games; only the 70 games with 4 or more points are listed below.

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Series: Interactive Fiction Top 50 of All Time

Organizer(s): Victor Gijsbers

Award date: September 15, 2023

Qualification opening date: August 9, 2023

Qualification closing date: September 3, 2023

Games and Awards

1st Place: Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short
2nd Place: Anchorhead, by Michael Gentry
3rd Place: Spider and Web, by Andrew Plotkin
4th Place: Hadean Lands, by Andrew Plotkin
5th Place: The Impossible Bottle, by Linus Åkesson
6th Place: The Gostak, by Carl Muckenhoupt
6th Place: Photopia, by Adam Cadre
8th Place: Eat Me, by Chandler Groover
8th Place: Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota
10th Place: 80 DAYS, by inkle, Meg Jayanth
10th Place: Adventure, by William Crowther and Donald Woods
10th Place: Blue Lacuna, by Aaron A. Reed
10th Place: Curses, by Graham Nelson
10th Place: The Wizard Sniffer, by Buster Hudson
15th Place: A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Steve Meretzky
15th Place: Superluminal Vagrant Twin, by C.E.J. Pacian
15th Place: Suveh Nux, by David Fisher
18th Place: Birdland, by Brendan Patrick Hennessy
18th Place: Cragne Manor, by Ryan Veeder, Jenni Polodna et al.
Show other authorsAdam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway, Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis, Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn Rosenløv, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek, Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch, Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser, Jason Love, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch, Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen, Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller, Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Shin, Wade Clarke, Zach Hodgens, Zack Johnson

18th Place: Plundered Hearts, by Amy Briggs
21st Place: According to Cain, by Jim Nelson
21st Place: Coloratura, by Lynnea Glasser
21st Place: Open Sorcery, by Abigail Corfman
21st Place: Spellbreaker, by Dave Lebling
21st Place: Suspended, by Michael Berlyn
21st Place: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky
21st Place: Trinity, by Brian Moriarty
28th Place: Aisle, by Sam Barlow
28th Place: howling dogs, by Porpentine
28th Place: The Archivist and the Revolution, by Autumn Chen
28th Place: The Fire Tower, by Jacqueline A. Lott
28th Place: The King of Shreds and Patches, by Jimmy Maher
28th Place: The Wand, by Arthur DiBianca
28th Place: Violet, by Jeremy Freese
28th Place: Will Not Let Me Go, by Stephen Granade
28th Place: Worlds Apart, by Suzanne Britton
28th Place: Zork I, by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
38th Place: A Dark Room, by Michael Townsend
38th Place: A Paradox Between Worlds, by Autumn Chen
38th Place: Choice of Robots, by Kevin Gold
38th Place: Computerfriend, by Kit Riemer
38th Place: Grooverland, by Mathbrush
38th Place: Horse Master, by Tom McHenry
38th Place: Make It Good, by Jon Ingold
38th Place: Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short
38th Place: Shade, by Andrew Plotkin
38th Place: SPY INTRIGUE, by furkle
38th Place: Wishbringer, by Brian Moriarty
49th Place: 1893: A World's Fair Mystery, by Peter Nepstad
49th Place: And Then You Come to a House Not Unlike the Previous One, by B.J. Best
49th Place: A Rope of Chalk, by Ryan Veeder
49th Place: Babel, by Ian Finley
49th Place: Bee, by Emily Short
49th Place: Enchanter, by Marc Blank, Dave Lebling
49th Place: Even Some More Tales from Castle Balderstone, by Ryan Veeder
49th Place: Fallen London, by Failbetter Games
49th Place: Galatea, by Emily Short
49th Place: Inside the Facility, by Arthur DiBianca
49th Place: Kerkerkruip, by Victor Gijsbers
49th Place: Lime Ergot, by Caleb Wilson (as Rust Blight)
49th Place: Overboard!, by inkle
49th Place: Plasmorphosis, by Agnieszka Trzaska
49th Place: Queers in Love at the End of the World, by Anna Anthropy
49th Place: Repeat the Ending, by Drew Cook
49th Place: Ryan Veeder's Authentic Fly Fishing, by Ryan Veeder
49th Place: Slouching Towards Bedlam, by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
49th Place: Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, by S. John Ross
49th Place: Turandot, by Victor Gijsbers
49th Place: Vespers, by Jason Devlin
49th Place: With Those We Love Alive, by Porpentine and Brenda Neotenomie

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