Best Interactive Fiction Games on Steam

Steam currently has 3,672 Interactive Fiction games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Interactive Fiction game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. The Henry Stickmin Collection

A choose-your-own-path where failing is more fun than succeeding.

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The Henry Stickmin Collection holds the #1 spot for "best Interactive Fiction game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 44,023 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 43,423 positive reviews and 600 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 8/7/2020
Franchise Innersloth
Developer PuffballsUnited
Publisher Innersloth
Steam App Id 1089980

2. Our Life: Beginnings & Always

A twenty-dollar bill, four summers, fifteen years, and a one of a kind life. Create an experience that’s all your own in this near-fully customizable visual novel where you grow from childhood to adulthood with the lonely boy next door.

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Our Life: Beginnings & Always has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,016 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,896 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Our Life: Beginnings & Always on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/16/2020
Franchise GB Patch Games
Developer GB Patch Games
Publisher GB Patch Games
Steam App Id 1129190

3. There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension

There is no game. So don't go messing things up by clicking everywhere. You don’t want to be kicked out of your video game world, do you? Of course not!

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There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 21,336 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,883 positive reviews and 453 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 8/6/2020
Developer Draw Me A Pixel
Publisher Draw Me A Pixel
Steam App Id 1240210

4. Finding Paradise

A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories to fulfill his last wish.

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Finding Paradise has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,038 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,679 positive reviews and 359 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Finding Paradise on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/14/2017
Franchise Freebird Games
Developer Freebird Games
Publisher Freebird Games
Steam App Id 337340

5. The Case of the Golden Idol

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.

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The Case of the Golden Idol has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,242 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,156 positive reviews and 86 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Case of the Golden Idol on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 10/13/2022
Franchise Playstack
Developer Color Gray Games
Publisher Playstack
Steam App Id 1677770

6. Before Your Eyes

Embark on an emotional first-person narrative adventure where you control the story—and affect its outcomes—with your real-life blinks. With this innovative technique you will fully immerse yourself in a world of memories, both joyous and heartbreaking, as your whole life flashes before your eyes.

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Before Your Eyes has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,497 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 13,202 positive reviews and 295 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Before Your Eyes on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 4/8/2021
Franchise Skybound Games
Developer GoodbyeWorld Games
Publisher Skybound Games
Steam App Id 1082430

7. Gorogoa

Gorogoa is an elegant evolution of the puzzle genre, told through a beautifully hand-drawn story designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts. Winner of Debut Game at the 2018 BAFTA Games Awards, as well as Best Mobile Game and the Innovation Award at the GDC 2018 Choice Awards.

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Gorogoa has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,108 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,727 positive reviews and 381 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 12/14/2017
Developer Buried Signal
Publisher Annapurna Interactive
Steam App Id 557600

8. 魔女的夜宴

《魔女的夜宴》是日本超人气美少女游戏品牌YUZUSOFT(柚子社)的经典名作。女主角绫地宁宁由当红声优桐谷华配音,是该社历代作品中最具代表性的女主角之一。国际中文版拥有超越原版的1920X1080的高清画质。本作也曾在美少女游戏大赏和萌系游戏大赏中斩获众多奖项。

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魔女的夜宴 has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,461 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,407 positive reviews and 54 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play 魔女的夜宴 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $34.99
Release Date 7/21/2023
Developer Yuzusoft
Publisher HIKARI FIELD
Steam App Id 2458530

9. A Date with Death

Fight against & romance the one hunting for your soul in A Date with Death, a romance chat simulator where you date(?) the Grim Reaper himself. Create your own character, decorate your apartment, and chat away with the charming yet dangerous Grim Reaper through text and video calls.

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A Date with Death has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,520 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,436 positive reviews and 84 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play A Date with Death on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/7/2023
Franchise Two and a Half Studios
Developer Two and a Half Studios
Publisher Two and a Half Studios
Steam App Id 2415010

10. To the Moon

A story-driven experience about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories to artificially fulfill his last wish.

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To the Moon has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Interactive Fiction games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 74,139 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 71,429 positive reviews and 2,710 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play To the Moon on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/7/2012
Franchise Freebird Games
Developer Freebird Games
Publisher Freebird Games
Steam App Id 206440

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