Works of Wordplay

Recommendations by Walter Sandsquish

Text-adventure games consist of little more than words, so some of them concern themselves with little more than wordplay. Here are a dozen of the better ones.

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1. Ad Verbum
by Nick Montfort
(2000)
Average member rating: (132 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Alliteration, jargon, and Latin roots.

2. Ailihphilia
by Andrew Schultz (as N. Y. Llewellyn)
(2018)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Palindromes.

3. Counterfeit Monkey
by Emily Short
(2012)
Average member rating: (233 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Word morphing.

4. Earl Grey, by Rob Dubbin and Allison Parrish (2009)
Average member rating: (28 ratings)
Walter Sandsquish says:

Punning and word morphing.

5. Goose, Egg, Badger
by Brian Rapp
(2004)
Average member rating: (20 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Multiple parts of speech.

6. In a Manor of Speaking, by Hulk Handsome (2012)
Average member rating: (26 ratings)
Walter Sandsquish says:

Puns.

7. Letters from Home
by Roger Firth
(2000)
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Letter search and match.

8. Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It
by Jeff O'Neill
(1987)
Average member rating: (57 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Anagrams, homonyms, clichés, idioms, word roots, spoonerisms, and puns.

9. PataNoir
by Simon Christiansen
(2011)
Average member rating: (58 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

Metaphors and similes.

10. Shuffling Around
by Andrew Schultz (as Ned Yompus)
(2012)
Average member rating: (25 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

(and the other Stale Tales Slate games) Anagrams.

11. Verb!, by Neil deMause (1998)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)
Walter Sandsquish says:

Idioms.

12. Very Vile Fairy File
by Andrew Schultz (as Billy Boling)
(2019)
Average member rating: (12 ratings)

Walter Sandsquish says:

(and the other Prime Pro-Rhyme Row games) Alliteration and rhymes.


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