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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The Count is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Zork I is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1980

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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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Gateway is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Emerald Isle is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Weapon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Weapon

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The Bible Retold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
The Bible Retold

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

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

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Gourmet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
Gourmet 2003

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Moonscape is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
2008

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Lost Treasures of Infocom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Interactive Fiction Games of All Time
1992
The Lost Treasures of Infocom is a collection of 20 computer games from interactive fiction pioneer Infocom, released in 1991. It was available in MS-DOS, Apple Macintosh, Amiga, and Apple IIGS ...more