Almost four years later (Wow, has it really been almost four years? I still haven’t written any IF! Working on fixing that right now, though, actually.), I have put the list up on IFWiki. At this point, I’m fairly certain that it’s complete enough that I won’t feel bad about not being able to update it from time to time and I want to ensure that it’s a bit more eternal than some random document in my Google Drive. And so, several format conversions and some hand editing later, here’s the list:
Original post for posterity:
So you all don’t know me. I’m a game developer but I’ve never written interactive fiction before. I recently was looking into it and found that there’s not really a good list of interactive fiction engines out there despite being legions of them. So I made one. Not sure if there’s a need for it anymore but last I could find was mentions of making one without there actually being one so I just went ahead and did it.
In advance, sorry I didn’t add this all to the IFWiki. I wasn’t up to making full entries for each one.
Currently, there are 70 entries. I tried to keep it to engines that can potentially run on modern systems. If there’s anything I got wrong (I only took cursory glances at most of them, though I’ve attempted to use several of them in the past), if there’s a descriptor I used that you don’t like, if I missed anything, if you want editing access, let me know, either by leaving a comment on the sheet (which you can highlight the issue with) or here. Otherwise, I hope it’s of some use.
Spreadsheet version: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ … edit#gid=0