Good Games, Poor Parser

Recommendations by tggdan3 (Michigan)

Games that you should just grit your teeth and try to complete, despite the poor parser, either because of great story or puzzles.

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1. Forbidden Castle
by Mercer Mayer
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

tggdan3 says:

Doesn't use "I" for inventory (try "INV") and assumes you're speaking to NPCs when you make a mistake, but great writing and some tough puzzles.

2. Zork, by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling (1979)
Average member rating: (31 ratings)
tggdan3 says:

While the parser isn't THAT bad, there are plenty of guess ther verb moments that left me screaming- espeically considering a certain pool of liquid.

3. Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It
by Jeff O'Neill
Average member rating: (58 ratings)

tggdan3 says:

The parser basically consists of you typing in the right word at the right time- and each word is a play on words of some kind- a spoonerism or cliche... but interesting nonetheless.

4. Another Lifeless Planet and Me With No Beer, by Dennis Drew (1991)
Average member rating: (1 rating)
tggdan3 says:

Old game. Still can't figure out how to restore a saved game. Multiple files, 2 word parser. Still haven't beat- but good conversational writing, and it's got me hooked.

5. Adventure
by William Crowther and Donald Woods
Average member rating: (93 ratings)

tggdan3 says:

Probably not fair to be on the list- as it was the FIRST If game and had to be the standard for future parsers, but still, it was the first.

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