DescriptionGameplay 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).
Commodore 64 (1984)
In the mists of time, the necromantic Skull Lord attacked and defeated a race of Dwarves in a great battle...
Castle Ralf is a shareware interactive fiction first released in 1987.The background story: While driving out on holiday, you get...
Commodore 64 (1985)
The Crown Jewels have been stolen from King Arnid by the evil Count Vladimir and scattered and hidden on the...
The backstory is nearly as long as the game is: an executive summary might tell youThe shapeshifting troll Landloris has...
A fully hypertextual rendition of Hunt the Wumpus, this implementation adds a couple of intriguing factors to standard Wumpus gameplay...
Rhythm-matching games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band urge players to respond to the appearance of coloured indicators on...
Romance author Mima has published a trilogy of three choose-your-own-adventure books (the "Take Control" trilogy) in her preferred genre: dark,...
You're holed up in a secure military bunker in the year 2097, and while a war-ravaged world rots above, you...
In this brief storygame, the player makes decisions on behalf of a homeless man, unwelcome wherever he travels. From shelter...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 93 Leather Goddesses of Phobos
- 90 Hollywood Hijinx
- 88 Zork: The Great Underground Empire
- 88 Moonmist
- 88 The Lurking Horror
- 87 Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels
- 86 Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor
- 85 Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz
- 83 Pilgrim
- 82 Leather Goddesses of Phobos
Games must have at least a Critic Score of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 4.79 Anchorhead (1998)
- 4.00 The Lurking Horror (1987)
- 3.29 Softporn Adventure (2002)
- 3.88 Planetfall (1984)
- 4.15 Suspect (1984)
- 3.90 Myth (1989)
- 3.74 Deadline (1983)
- 3.93 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2004)
- 3.88 Planetfall (1986)
- 3.83 Tass Times in Tonetown (1986)
Games must have at least 5 votes and a User Score of 4.0 to be considered.
Interactive Fiction is part of Gameplay. This group of genres contain:
- Beat 'em up / Brawler
- Board / Party Game
- Cards / Tiles
- City Building / Construction Simulation
- Dating Simulation
- Game Show
- Hidden object
- Interactive Fiction
- Interactive Fiction with Graphics
- Interactive Movie
- Life / Social Simulation
- Martial Arts
- Mental training
- Paddle / Pong
- Rhythm / Music
- Survival Horror
- Tricks / Stunts
- Video Backdrop
- Visual Novel