A Year on IFDB: The games that have stayed with meRecommendations by Spike
About a year ago I discovered post-AGT interactive fiction. Since then I've played a lot of great IF games. This list consists of the ones that have stuck with me the most. They're not necessarily the ones I rated the highest immediately after playing them, but they're the ones I continue to go back to mentally when I think about IF I've played in the past year.
Games are listed in the order in which I played them.
by Graham Nelson
Average member rating: (115 ratings)
2. Scroll Thief
by Daniel M. Stelzer
Average member rating: (10 ratings)
Scroll Thief is a worthy successor to the Enchanter series. Set in the same world and using many of the same spells, it nevertheless manages to implement new challenges, such as spellcasting at a distance. Several of the puzzles are quite clever, too.
3. The Chinese Room, by Harry Giles and Joey Jones (2007)
Average member rating: (31 ratings)
I should add that I've played The Chinese Room twice - once early in the process of writing ABCA and once after finishing ABCA. I'd say I was more impressed with The Chinese Room the second time, since by then I understood much better how difficult it is to create a piece of IF that is challenging but fair, entertaining, and solidly grounded in a field of knowledge.
4. All Hope Abandon
by Eric Eve
Average member rating: (33 ratings)
by Sam Barlow
Average member rating: (285 ratings)
But that one move gave me a hint as to the PC's backstory, and I wanted to learn more. So I replayed the game several times, trying other options and slowly uncovering what had happened to the PC.
Until one time I tried something different - and discovered that the PC's backstory was not what I thought it was. Pursuing that line of thinking completely turned around my sense not only of the PC's past but of the game itself. It even had me questioning the very concept of memory, as well as the narratives we use to make sense of our lives.
6. Counterfeit Monkey
by Emily Short
Average member rating: (165 ratings)
Counterfeit Monkey has been so deservedly praised that there's not much new I can add. Of course, it's a fantastic wordplay game. It's my go-to IF game recommendation.
Also, I love the sequence with the umlaut puncher. That's the kind of absolutely brilliant sequence that can only work in IF.
7. Superluminal Vagrant Twin
by C.E.J. Pacian
Average member rating: (83 ratings)
8. The Wizard Sniffer
by Buster Hudson
Average member rating: (89 ratings)
9. The Wand
by Arthur DiBianca
Average member rating: (45 ratings)
The game is fun, too. For two nights running during IFComp 2017 I turned off my computer after playing The Wand only to realize I should have gone to bed two hours earlier.
Finally, if you've played The Wand and found it fairly short, you should know that there's a lot more to it than there appears to be at first. I suggest playing it a second time, armed with the knowledge you've gained from the first play.
10. Inside the Facility
by Arthur DiBianca
Average member rating: (41 ratings)
11. The Dreamhold
by Andrew Plotkin
Average member rating: (152 ratings)
by Victor Gijsbers
Average member rating: (60 ratings)