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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DOS (1986)

In this mid-'80s text adventure, the player finds themselves a passenger on the doomed Titanic and must find some way...

Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Apple II (1987), Apple IIgs (1988), Commodore 128 (1987) and Macintosh (1987)

Aimlessly wandering through the Southlands of Quendor, the hero of the game encounters the Implementors, powerful beings who warn him...

Browser (2011)

A sequel of sorts to 2001's Vicious Cycles, this game also casts the player as an agent, implanted into the...

Black Crystal ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1982) and ZX81 (1982)

Darkness has descended on the kingdom of Beroth. The evil Tobias has summoned the Black Crystal in an attempt to...

Jupiter Ace (1984)

Black Island Adventure is a text adventure over various chapters where you start your adventure in a harbour of a...

Commodore 64 (1988)

The evil Black Knight has ripped through the valley and destroyed buildings and killed and captured the people. You are...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

In this game you play the role of a man who has to try and defeat an evil wizard. The...

iPad (2014)

This is a story made with Versu, a choice-based engine presenting play through interaction between player characters and non-player characters...

DOS (1996)

Bloody Murder is a compilation of two text and graphics adventure games designed for the beginning level player and a...

DOS (1991)

Bones: The Game of the Haunted Mansion is a member of the pseudo-roguelike Wizard's Castle family. It is one of...

Border Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988) and Macintosh (1987)

It is the 1980's, and the Cold War between the Western Bloc (led by the USA) and the Eastern Bloc...

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a Bounty Hunter and you have beamed down to the planet Karakata with your starting point being Bodholm...

DOS (1987)

The Overlord has enforced unjust laws throughout the kingdom of Braminar -- raising taxes, enslaving villages, and, worst of all,...

Breakers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

The protagonist of the game finds himself among the Breakers, an ancient race still harboring the hopes for a day...

Brimstone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985) and Macintosh (1985)

This real time all-text tale puts you in the role of Sir Gawain, a knight of the Round Table. It...

Bum: Rags to Riches iPod Classic Front Cover

iPod Classic (2004)

Using the iPod's notes system for hypertext, this third (and last) such offering from XO Play presents a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type...

Bureaucracy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Apple II (1987), Commodore 128 (1987) and Macintosh (1987)

Bureaucracy is a text adventure game that describes the misadventures of a person who has recently moved to a new...

Burn(t) Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

This is a brief zombie apocalypse survival horror storygame. The player awakens at home in the midst of a firestorm...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The player takes on the role as the secretary of Sherlock Holmes, and while he is away on a case,...

DOS (1984)

This game is like a cross between a Kroz game and a text adventure -- the player moves through a...

Castle Blackstar Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

Castle Blackstar is a single player text adventure set in a world of magic.The player takes the role of an...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Your quest is to find and enter Count Dracula's castle, find the Count himself before killing him with a stake....

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Baron Von Helsing on holiday in Transylvania with your wife, but after one night at an Inn your...

DOS (1992)

In a free literary adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this game offers the opportunity to explore the namesake castle from the...

Castle of Riddles BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1982) and Electron (1984)

Castle of Riddles is a single player text adventure. The player takes the role of a lone adventurer sitting on...

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