Enduring Classics of Parser IF

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There are probably other lists like this, but this one is mine. Canonical/classic/highly-regarded works of (noncommercial, parser) IF that have stood the test of time -- i.e., that are at least fifteen years old (an arbitrary cutoff) as of 2018, and are still widely played and discussed, as much as any parser stuff is.

These are listed chronologically, and alphabetically within year. I might add more extensive commentary later, but for now I just want to have the list, to remember.

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1. Curses!
by Graham Nelson
(1993)
Average member rating: (114 ratings)

2. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (330 ratings)

3. Photopia
by Adam Cadre
(1998)
Average member rating: (502 ratings)

4. Spider and Web
by Andrew Plotkin
(1998)
Average member rating: (262 ratings)

5. 9:05
by Adam Cadre
(2000)
Average member rating: (477 ratings)

6. Galatea
by Emily Short
(2000)
Average member rating: (293 ratings)

7. Rameses
by Stephen Bond
(2000)
Average member rating: (117 ratings)

8. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (371 ratings)

9. Slouching Towards Bedlam
by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
(2003)
Average member rating: (190 ratings)


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