Many IF players don’t like randomized combat and/or RPG elements and therefore they might have ignored Eamon games so far. Eamon games are text adventures, usually with stats and randomized combat. More than 270 Eamon games exist. If you ever played Leadlight from IFComp 2010 (also an Eamon game), you should have an idea of how the combat works.
I should also mention, that the games are quite old-school and they have mostly a two-word parser. The games tell you which verbs are understood, so no verb-guessing.
Thus I would like to propose those Eamon games, which might still be of interest to IF players:
- The only Eamon game (to my knowledge) without any randomized combat and no stats is The Heart of Gold by Frank Black (earlier Frank Kunze). It is a spoof on Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy, pretty fun. Some time ago, I put a review on IFDB: https://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=kpyglj46kwoyv97l
The other games mentioned below, are either low on combat or have lots of standard IF puzzles:
(Either I’ve played them or found reviews from Eamonag )
NOT SO MUCH COMBAT, MORE PUZZLES:
- Journey Across the Muerte Sea (Good, I’ve played it)
- Attack of the Kretons (Good, I’ve played it)
- Thror’s Ring (Decent, I’ve played it)
- Storm Breaker (I’ve NOT played it)
- Shift Change at Grimmwax (I’ve NOT played it)
- Utterly Outrageous (I’ve NOT played it)
- Idol of the Incas (I’ve NOT played it)
- The Pixy Oak (I’ve NOT played it)
LOTS OF PUZZLES BUT ALSO COMBAT:
- Leadlight (Good, I’ve played it)
- Redemption (Very good, I’ve played it)
- A Runcible Cargo (Good, I’ve played it)
- Banana Republic (Good I’ve played it)
- Expedition to the Darkwoods (I’ve NOT played it)
I have also heard, that most of Tom Zuchowski’s games should be low on combat (e.g. Thror’s Ring), but I have only tried a few a long time ago.
PS: If you are playing an Eamon game for the first time, it is recommended to read the non-spoilery “General Help” (type HINTS) as it gives some useful information on the non-standard parser.