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Interactive Fiction

Description

Gameplay is language-based in nature. All interaction with the player, both input and feedback, is done through the input and output of pure text. Input mimics natural language using verb-noun (action-item) commands (Abbreviations also qualify, because they abbreviate a verb-noun construct, like "w" for "go west" or "i" for "list inventory"). Output is rendered in full, natural-language, grammatically-correct sentences.

Sometimes referred to as "text-adventure" or "Infocom" games (after the company that made them famous).
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9:05 DOS Front Cover

Linux (2000), DOS (2000), Windows (2000) and Windows 3.x (2000)

The phone rings at 9:05 AM after a rough night. It's up to you to get up and get moving...

DOS (1993)

You are one of the leading scholars of XIV century France, who is sent on a special mission by the...

Windows (2000)

Above and Beyond! is a single player freeware piece of Interactive Fiction, though it could also be classed as an...

Achaea Browser Front Cover

Browser (1997)

Achaea is a text-based MUD (multi-user dungeon) set in an original world of medieval high fantasy. Players can choose from...

Acheton DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1984) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

Acheton is a home computer conversion of the mainframe adventure of the same name. Similar to Zork (which was released...

Windows (2006)

ADAP is a curious oddity, an engine allowing the production of Choose Your Own Adventure-type games with Dragon's Lair-style snap-decisions...

A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This entry into the 2001 LOTECHComp puts the player in the role of an author with a blank page and...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In the future, Earth's resources have been stretched to their limit from it's ever expanding population and the future of...

A Day for Soft Food Browser Front Cover

DOS (1999) and Browser (2002)

In A Day for Soft Food the player controls the hungry cat of a household. Its master (called "the Provider"...

DOS (1988)

This rather lighthearted text adventure game features you as a Harvard University student living in Dudley House. Your goal is...

Linux (2008), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2007)

A large re-visitation to Crowther and Woods' Adventure, the first text adventure game, this one works with much of what...

DOS (1989)

A text action adventure game in the same vein as Diablo. Select from 5 character classes ( Paladin, Necromancer, Barbarian,...

Advent iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2008) and iPad (2010)

31 years after this trailblazing text adventure's debut on campus mainframes, Crowther & Woods' ADVENTURE is here ported to the...

Adventure Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2003)

As a graphical front-end for Don Woods' 1995 v2.5 of the original text adventure game, this port allows Mac players...

ZX81 (1982)

In this text adventure you have been tasked by the Emperor to find the three pieces of his Sceptre and...

Windows (2007)

Hoping to reconnect with his estranged daughters following the collapse of his marriage, in 1977 programmer and spelunker Will Crowther...

Adventure 1 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1985) and ZX81 (1982)

Classic Adventure is a reworking of the 1978 Will Crowther and Don Woods text adventure game Colossal Cave Adventure which...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Adventure 1: Cavern of Riches is a typical text adventure game in which the player must try to collect the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Adventure 2: The Great Pyramid, like its predecessor, is a text adventure game with little to no story. The aim...

Commodore 64 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Adventure 3: Haunted Mansion is a text adventure game in which the player explores a haunted mansion and its immediate...

Adventure A Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982), Amstrad CPC (1985), iPhone (2013), iPad (2013), ZX80 (1981) and ZX81 (1981)

This game is the first in Artic's Adventure series. You play the role of a spaceship pilot in the future...

Adventure B Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982), Amstrad CPC (1985) and ZX81 (1981)

Starting off in a South American Jungle, near an as yet undisturbed Inca temple, your aim is to enter the...

DOS (2001)

Adventure Book is a suite of applications put together to allow a would-be programmer to compile simple Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style games....

Adventure C Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982), Amstrad CPC (1985) and ZX81 (1982)

While on a reconnaissance flight, your ship has been drawn by a Graviton Beam onto an Alien Cruiser. Fred, your...

The Adventure Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

The Adventure Collection combines seven interactive text-based adventure games on CD-ROM: Border Zone Cutthroats Infidel Planetfall Plundered Hearts Trinity Zork...

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