Introducing a friend to IF

Recommendations by KatherineTheCurst (Kansas, USA)

This is a list I am making for a friend who has never played any IF before. I tried to include games that would be a good starting point for someone new to the format, but it also has a lot of personal favorites.

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1. Zork I
by Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
(1980)
Average member rating: (192 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

One of the first games that come to mind when someone mentions text adventures. You explore a dungeon, solve puzzles, and collect treasures. The game can be kind of difficult sometimes, especially for somebody who is just getting started with IF, but it's still really fun to play even if you don't get very far.

2. Heroes!
by Bellamy Briks
(2021)
Average member rating: (5 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

An adorable fun game about young heroes finding their place in the world. Super easy to play and very re-playable.

3. Zozzled
by Steph Cherrywell
(2019)
Average member rating: (37 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

A fun game about ghosts that isn't too hard to figure out how to play.

4. Crocodracula: The Beginning
by Ryan Veeder and Harrison Gerard
(2020)
Average member rating: (7 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

I really love this game because it is so weird and fun. The puzzles aren't too hard and it's perfect for Halloween.

5. Lost Pig
by Admiral Jota
(2007)
Average member rating: (425 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

Super sweet game about an orc trying to find a lost pig. I found it a little harder than I had assumed it would be, but I still feel like it's a great introductory game.

6. Suveh Nux
by David Fisher
(2007)
Average member rating: (201 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

Iconic game with clever puzzles. You try to escape a room using spells, but you have no idea what any of the spells do.

7. Fish & Dagger
by grave snail games
(2021)
Average member rating: (8 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

A goofy meta spy game that is a little different than a lot of IF because it isn't just text.

8. Violet
by Jeremy Freese
(2008)
Average member rating: (334 ratings)

KatherineTheCurst says:

This is a romantic comedy game about writers block that gets progressively weirder as the story goes on.


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