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IF Top 50 - How many have you played (and liked) ?

Postby David Whyld » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:58 pm

Following the discussion over the top 50 IF games of all times, I got to wondering how many of them people here have played. And liked. Of the 50 games (well, 48 actually), who has played, say, half of them? Do people think the list was a good one or were there games that should have been included but weren't or games that were included that shouldn't have been?

And if anyone notices there isn't a single ADRIFT game there... well, shame on you for not voting when you had the chance.

First place -- 17 votes
Spider and Web, Andrew Plotkin (1998)

Second place -- 14 votes
Lost Pig, Admiral Jota (2007)
Photopia, Adam Cadre (1998)

Fourth place -- 11 votes
Anchorhead, Michael Gentry (1998)

Fifth place -- 10 votes
A Mind Forever Voyaging, Steve Meretzky (1985)

Sixth place -- 8 votes
The Baron, Victor Gijsbers (2006)
Blue Lacuna, Aaron A. Reed (2008)

Eighth place -- 7 votes
Savoir-Faire, Emily Short (2002)
Shrapnel, Adam Cadre (2000)

Tenth place -- 6 votes
Shade, Andrew Plotkin (2000)
Slouching towards Bedlam, Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto (2003)
Trinity, Brian Moriarty (1986)
Varicella, Adam Cadre (1999)
Vespers, Jason Devlin (2005)
Violet, Jeremy Freese (2008)

Sixteenth place -- 5 votes
Galatea, Emily Short (2000)
The Gostak, Carl Muckenhoupt (2001)
The King of Shreds and Patches, Jimmy Maher (2009)
LASH -- Local Asynchronous Satellite Hookup, Paul O'Brian (2000)
Make it Good, Jon Ingold (2009)
Rameses, Stephen Bond (2000)

Twenty-second place -- 4 votes
Ad Verbum, Nick Montfort (2000)
Aisle, Sam Barlow (1999)
All things devours, half sick of shadows (2004)
City of Secrets, Emily Short (2003)
Curses!, Graham Nelson (1994)
Fail-safe, Jon Ingold (2000)
Gun Mute, C. E. J. Pacian (2008)
Sunset over Savannah, Ivan Cockrum (1997)
Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, S. John Ross (2007)
Wishbringer, Brian Moriarty (1985)
Worlds Apart, Suzanne Britton (1999)
Zork I, Marc Blank and Dave Lebling (1980)

Thirty-fourth place -- 3 votes
1893: A World's Fair Mystery, Peter Nepstad (2002)
Adventure, William Crowther and Donald Woods (1976)
Aotearoa, Matt Wigdahl (2010)
Arthur: the Quest for Excalibur, Bob Bates (1989)
Blue Chairs, Chris Klimas (2004)
Delightful Wallpaper, Andrew Plotkin (2006)
Eric the Unready, Bob Bates (1993)
Everybody Dies, Jim Munroe (2008)
The Guild of Thieves, Rob Steggles (1987)
Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, Andrew Plotkin (2010)
Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, Adam Thornton (2011)
Planetfall, Steve Meretzky (1983)
So Far, Andrew Plotkin (1996)
Suveh Nux, David Fisher (2007)
The Warbler's Nest, Jason McIntosh (2010)
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Re: IF Top 50 - How many have you played (and liked) ?

Postby Duncan_B » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:05 am

I've played 32/47 or 68% of these games. It's a pretty strong list, I think, though I obviously can't personally vouch for the games in the list I haven't played. Of those I had played, I loved 14 of them, enjoyed 13 enough to recommend, and disliked 5.

47 is quite a few games to have played, actually. With a list like this, I'd say you're in good standing as an IF buff if you've played even 10 of them.

The break-down for me is as follows, before anyone asks:
Spider and Web-- played once, got stuck, vowed to come back. I thought the writing and use of embedded narrative were interesting and well-executed.
Lost Pig-- played and loved.
Photopia-- played and loved.
Anchorhead-- tried severeal times, always got lost, never got properly into it.
A Mind Forever Voyaging-- beat 3 times. Love.
The Baron-- never played, on my wishlist.
Blue Lacuna-- played, enjoyed, but still haven't finished.
Savoir-Faire-- never played, don't know a lot about it.
Shrapnel-- Played and loved.
Shade-- played once, never finished.
Slouching Towards Bedlam-- played once with a friend. Writing was novel, but we did not finish. May come back to it.
Trinity-- played, fascinating, but got lost and never finished.
Varicella-- sad admission: never played.
Violet-- played, finished, and enjoyed.
Galatea-- found one ending, enjoyed.
The Gostak-- haven't finished, but love, love, love anyway.
The King of Shreds and Patches-- another Lovecraft game highly recommended to me, played with a friend and did not finish, but enjoyed.
LASH-- recommended to me a lot, started playing once but didn't get very far. Don't recall my opinion of it from first glance, but will probably come back to it. Counting it as not played.
Make it Good-- have not played. On my wishlist.
Rameses-- have not played. On my wishlist.
Ad Verbum-- played, did not finished, enjoyed regardless. Highly recommendable to anyone who loves wordplay.
Aisle-- played & love. I often recommend it for IF newcomers.
All things devours-- played once, don't recall coming away wowed. Think I might have shaken my head at it. Maybe I need to play again.
City of Secrets-- have heard of, but not played.
Curses!-- played via phone on a road trip, did not enjoy.
Fail-safe-- have not finished, but enjoyed.
Gun Mute-- love this game.
Sunset over Savannah-- have not heard of it.
Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom-- amazing. Also comes with incredible feelies. Highly recommended.
Wishbringer-- have not played (gasps from Infocom players).
Worlds Apart-- have not heard of.
Zork I-- played, never finished, half-enjoyed (spent the other half of the time confused and frustrated).
1893-- heard of, never played, would like to play.
Adventure-- played and loved.
Aotearoa-- heard of, have not played, is on my wishlist.
Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur-- played, finished, loved.
Blue Chairs-- played and really liked the opening, but disliked the ending I got.
Delightful Wallpaper-- toyed with this for a few minutes, didn't get it, dropped it. Have meant to pick it back up, but it's far on the backburner.
Eric the Unready-- really enjoyed. Got close to finishing, but never did. Hilarious writing and fond memories.
Everybody Dies-- played, finished, enjoyed.
The Guild of Thieves-- have not played.
Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home-- played at ClubFloyd, loved.
Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis-- played, almost finished, enjoyed.
Planetfall-- played and loved.
So Far-- have not played.
Suveh Nux-- have not played.
The Warbler's Nest-- played and loved.

Would like to have seen an ADRIFT game get at least 3 votes.
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Re: IF Top 50 - How many have you played (and liked) ?

Postby MikeDesert » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:53 am

I have decided to make a game you will play and love.
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Re: IF Top 50 - How many have you played (and liked) ?

Postby P/o Prune » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:56 am

Not a bad descission :yeah:
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Re: IF Top 50 - How many have you played (and liked) ?

Postby DCBSupafly » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:06 pm

Hehe I've played 3 of these... Although I have also played a handful of other games by authors on this list.
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Re: IF Top 50 - How many have you played (and liked) ?

Postby David Whyld » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:26 pm

Spider and Web, Andrew Plotkin
I began playing this years ago, didn't like it much and quit. Maybe I’ll have to give it another go one way.

Lost Pig, Admiral Jota
Played it and like it. A lot. My second favourite game of the IFComp 2007.

Photopia, Adam Cadre
Played it, didn't like it. One of those games which seems to have attained mythical status in the IF community, yet I never did understand what was supposed to be so great about it. Varicella, by the same author, I played and genuinely thought was great, but this one just left me cold.

Anchorhead, Michael Gentry
Have begun to play this one recently after years of being on my Must Play List. I got horribly stuck on day two and feel like I'm making progress at a snail’s pace, but what bit I've seen of it so far seems pretty decent.

A Mind Forever Voyaging, Steve Meretzky
Never played it.

The Baron, Victor Gijsbers
Played it and quite liked it, though I never thought it was that good. Good certainly, just not as outstanding as everyone seems to think.

Blue Lacuna, Aaron A. Reed
Haven't played it.

Savoir-Faire, Emily Short
Haven't played it.

Shrapnel, Adam Cadre
Haven't played it.

Shade, Andrew Plotkin
Haven't played it.

Slouching towards Bedlam, Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
I remember starting to play this a while ago after it won the IFComp, but never managed to get very far into it.

Trinity, Brian Moriarty
Haven't played it.

Varicella, Adam Cadre
Played it and loved it. Why Photopia by the same author is regarded as such a masterpiece I’ll never know, but Varicella really is a masterpiece.

Vespers, Jason Devlin
Played it and quite liked it, though I don't remember it being anything special.

Violet, Jeremy Freese
Haven't played it.

Galatea, Emily Short
Haven't played it.

The Gostak, Carl Muckenhoupt
Haven't played it.

The King of Shreds and Patches, Jimmy Maher
Haven't played it.

LASH -- Local Asynchronous Satellite Hookup, Paul O'Brian
Haven't played it.

Make it Good, Jon Ingold
Haven't played it.

Rameses, Stephen Bond
Haven't played it.

Ad Verbum, Nick Montfort
Haven't played it.

Aisle, Sam Barlow
Haven't played it.

All things devours, half sick of shadows
Played it, but, y’know, I can’t remember a thing about it.

City of Secrets, Emily Short
Played it and thought it was great. Certainly one of the best IF games I've played in recent years.

Curses!, Graham Nelson
Haven't played it.

Fail-safe, Jon Ingold
Haven't played it.

Gun Mute, C. E. J. Pacian
Haven't played it.

Sunset over Savannah, Ivan Cockrum
Haven't played it.

Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom, S. John Ross
Haven't played it.

Wishbringer, Brian Moriary
Haven't played it.

Worlds Apart, Suzanne Britton
I started playing this a while ago but never got very far. I need to have another go at it one day.

Zork I, Marc Blank and Dave Lebling
Never played it when it was first released but tried it a few years back just to see what all the fuss was about. I don't remember being much impressed with it.

1893: A World's Fair Mystery, Peter Nepstad
Played it a few years back, but didn't get very far. I remember really liking the sheer scope of the game and losing myself in dozens of detailed locations, but found the actual story less compelling. I really need to go back to this one day and see if I can finish it.

Adventure, William Crowther and Donald Woods
Haven't played it.

Aotearoa, Matt Wigdahl
Haven't played it.

Arthur: the Quest for Excalibur, Bob Bates
Haven't played it.

Blue Chairs, Chris Klimas
Played it but don't remember it.

Delightful Wallpaper, Andrew Plotkin
Played it during the IFComp a few years ago and quite enjoyed it. Only ever managed to get to the first part during the two hour IFComp deadline and never went back to it afterwards.

Eric the Unready, Bob Bates
Haven't played it.

Everybody Dies, Jim Munroe
Haven't played it.

The Guild of Thieves, Rob Steggles
Haven't played it.

Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home, Andrew Plotkin
Haven't played it.

Mentula Macanus: Apocolocyntosis, Adam Thornton
Haven't played it.

Planetfall, Steve Meretzky (1983)
Haven't played it.

So Far, Andrew Plotkin
Haven't played it.

Suveh Nux, David Fisher
Haven't played it.

The Warbler's Nest, Jason McIntosh
Haven't played it, but feel I probably should. After all, I think it was the author of this game complaining about the IFComp rules that led to the awful change to the rules last year.
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