Best of Level 9

Recommendations by Denk

After Infocom and Magnetic scrolls, Level 9 is perhaps the best known IF company. Though their first games had a very primitive parser, their last games had very advanced parser similar to infocom. These are my favorites. If you can obtain the dos-version of the games, all these games can be played with Gargoyle by renaming the file-extension from .dat to .l9 (multipart-games may require renaming to .l2 and .l3 for the other parts as far as I remember).

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1. Ingrid's Back
by Pete Austin, Peter McBride, Godfrey Dowson, Graham Jones
(1988)
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

Denk says:

My favorite Level 9 game. Great humor - great puzzles - great parser.

2. Gnome Ranger
by Pete Austin
(1987)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Denk says:

The first game with Ingrid - a great game.

3. Scapeghost
by Pete Austin
(1989)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Denk says:

Another very good game. This time you play as a ghost. Nice graphics too.

4. Lancelot
by Christina Erskin, Joan Lamb, Neil Scrimgeour, Dicken Peeke, Nusarath Jahan, Mike Austin, Nick Austin, John Jones-Steele, and Mike Bryant
(1988)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

Denk says:

Despite some bugs, this is a good game.

5. Lords of Time
by Sue Gazzard and Ian Buxton
(1983)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

Denk says:

The oldest game on the list with a more primitive parser. But still fun.

6. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13
by Pete Austin and James Horsler
(1985)
Average member rating: (3 ratings)

Denk says:

A very early (1985) CYOA but fun.

7. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
by Pete Austin and Joan Lamb
(1987)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

Denk says:

The sequal is also CYOA.


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