Total Nerd The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time  

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This is a list of the best interactive fiction games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated interactive fiction games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest interactive fiction games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these interactive fiction games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging interactive fiction games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new interactive fiction games.

This list is made up of many different games, including Amnesia and Zork I.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best interactive fiction games?" and "What is the greatest interactive fiction game of all time?"
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Lord of the Rings: Game One is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1985 Lord of the Rings: Game One is a computer game released in 1985 and based on the book The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was the follow-up to the 1982 game The Hobbit, although ...more

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Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Treasures of a Slaver's Kingdom

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Jewels of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1986 Jewels of Darkness is a trilogy of text adventure games by Level 9. The individual games were initially released separately in 1983. They featured some themes inspired by the books of J. R. R. ...more

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Pirate Adventure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1978 Pirate Adventure or Pirate Cove was a text-based adventure program written by Scott Adams.

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The Guild of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1987 The Guild of Thieves is an interactive fiction game by Magnetic Scrolls first published by Rainbird in 1987. The game also takes place in Kerovnia like the previous game The Pawn. The player's ...more

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Quarterstaff: The Tomb of Setm... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1988 Quarterstaff: The Tomb of Setmoth is an interactive fiction role-playing video game developed by Scott Schmitz and Ken Updike and released by Infocom for Macintosh in 1988. The game features a ...more

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9:05 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time

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Zork I is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1980

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The Count is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1981 The Count is a text-based adventure program written by Scott Adams and published by Adventure International.

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Ingrid's Back is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1988 Gnome Ranger II: Ingrid's Back is a text adventure game by Level 9 released in 1988. It is the sequel to Gnome Ranger The game is a standard text adventure with limited graphics on some ...more

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Scapeghost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1989 Scapeghost is a text adventure game by Level 9 released in 1989. It is the last adventure game by the company to be published.

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Jinxter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1988 Jinxter is a text adventure video game developed by Magnetic Scrolls and published by Rainbird in 1987 for popular 8-bit and 16-bit machines of the time as well as for the 32-bit Acorn ...more

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Emerald Isle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1985 Emerald Isle is a text adventure game by Level 9 Computing released in 1984.

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Knight Orc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1987 Knight Orc is a standard text adventure with limited graphics on some platforms game by Level 9 released in 1987. It comes with a short novella by Peter McBride explaining the background to the

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The Bible Retold is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Bible Retold

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Moonscape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
2008

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Gateway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1992 Gateway and Gateway II, are interactive fiction games released by Legend Entertainment, and written by Glen Dahlgren and Mike Verdu. They are based on Frederik Pohl's Heechee universe. Βoth ...more

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Dracula 1986 Dracula is a text adventure game by CRL released in 1986 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game is based on the novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker. The ...more

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Abracadabra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Abracadabra 1988

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Lock & Key is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time

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shrapnel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1982 The Hobbit is an illustrated text adventure computer game released in 1982 and based on the book The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was developed at Beam Software by Philip Mitchell and ...more

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Mindshadow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Mindshadow 1985 Mindshadow is a 1984 adventure game released on various platforms including Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Macintosh, PC Booter, ZX Spectrum. The game was ...more

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Arazok's Tomb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Arazok's Tomb

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The Erudition Chamber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Erudition Chamber

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Wolfman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Wolfman 1988 Wolfman is a text adventure game released by CRL in 1988 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers.

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Wizards Spell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Wizards Spell 1986

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The Frenetic Five vs. the Seve... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Frenetic Five vs. the Seven Deadly Dwarves

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The Legend of Kyrandia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1992 The Legend of Kyrandia is a point-and-click graphic adventure game series, developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive. It primarily takes place in the fantasy land of ...more

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The Warlord, The Princess & Th... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Warlord, The Princess & The Bulldog

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Mega-Corp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Mega-Corp 1987

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Lost Pig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Lost Pig 2007 Lost Pig is a comedic work of interactive fiction about an orc retrieving a pig that escaped from a pig farm. It was written by "Admiral Jota." It took first place in the 2007 ...more

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Mist

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The Weapon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Weapon

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Invincible Island is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Invincible Island 1983

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Miho Nakayama's Heartthrob Hig... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Miho Nakayama's Heartthrob High School

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The Temple is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Temple

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Textfire Golf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time

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Torn City is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Torn City 2004

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Surviving High School is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Surviving High School 2010 Surviving High School is a visual novel game developed and published by Electronic Arts. It was originally released for mobile phones in 2005, later being made available for iPhone and iPod ...more

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Frankenstein 1987 Frankenstein is a text adventure game released by CRL in 1987 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game is based on the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary

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Goldilocks is a FOX! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Goldilocks is a FOX!

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Varkana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Varkana

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Gourmet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Gourmet 2003

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Bugsy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Bugsy 1986 Bugsy, also known as The King of Chicago, was a 1986 text-adventure game for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum developed by St. Bride's School and published by CRL Group ...more

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Alpha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Alpha 1986 Alpha is an interactive fiction and eroge game developed and published by Square. It was released for the NEC PC-8801 system in 1986.

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Frobozz Magic Support is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Frobozz Magic Support

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The Gostak is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Gostak

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The Beetmonger's Journal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Beetmonger's Journal

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Spider-Man 1984