DescriptionStugan is a Swedish text-based joke adventure game. Like in other text adventures you are presented with detailed descriptions of the place you are at, and the directions in which you can exit the area. You write simple commands (all in Swedish) to move in a direction, pick up, use or look at objects and talk to people.
The game takes place in and around a cottage (stuga, in swedish) in the Swedish province Småland. The house is disproportionally large on the inside, with 9 floors and a basement with caves, mazes and traps you have to navigate through. As you navigate through the mazes you'll find items and treasures which you can use later on, or trade for extra points.
The game was originally written in BASIC in 1977-78 on the Oden Mainframe computer at QZ, the computer science institute of the Stockholm University and Royal Institute of Technology, where the game was also available for free for users of the mainframe. This version was later developed for DOS systems in 1985 and released commercially in 1986.
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- "Stuga" -- original mainframe title
- "Cottage" -- English name
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This influential Swedish game has also lent its name to a game talent accelerator intended to developer Sweden's game industry:
STUGAN means "the cabin" in Swedish, but STUGAN was also the first commercial game ever created in the country. In 1977, brothers Kimmo and Viggo Eriksson created a text adventure on the mainframe Oden, but it wasn't until 1986 the game was released, and sold for 95 SEK on mail order. In the 30 years that has passed since, the games industry growth has been phenomenal, in Sweden, and around the world. To incentivise even more young talent to get into this industry and reach a world audience with their creations, we've initiated a yearly summer camp called STUGAN, located between Falun and Borlänge, in the municipality of Dalarna. This will be your place to work, play and live during two months. The cabin is actually quite large, and holds room for a large work space, as well as bedrooms for 23 people. Of course there's also a dining area, and for teams who like a late night swim, there's also access to a lake.
Related Web Sites
- Fan/archive page for the program Stuga (This Swedish webpage holds some history and downloads of various interpreter versions (also a web playable-version) and an English translation of the Stuga game.)