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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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Cyborg Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1982), Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Macintosh (1984)

A science fiction text adventure game in which an artificial intelligence is electronically merged with your body as the result...

DOS (1987)

Dark Continent is a single-player shareware recreational text adventure in which the player travels to Africa in search of a...

Commodore 64 (1993) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

The Pinnacle lies far to the North and is home to the Black Wanderer who is using his evil magic...

Atari 2600 (2003)

Who knew? You thought you could play cards better than that when drunk. But now you've done it. You lost...

Darkwind: War on Wheels Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Darkwind: War on Wheels is a wargame in a persistent world that is best described as a hybrid game, taking...

David Ahl's Basic Computer Adventures DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986)

David Ahl's Basic Computer Adventures contains 10 text adventure games in a book. Each game includes a description of the...

Deadline DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), PC Booter (1982), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1983), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1984) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

You have 12 hours to solve the murder of Mr. Marshall Robner. If it was a murder... Mr Robner was...

Atari ST (1991)

Dead or Alive...? is a text adventure created using STAC. It's a rainy day and you are on your way...

Death off the Cuff Browser Front Cover IF Comp release

Browser (2010), iPhone (2014) and Android (2013)

In this work of interactive fiction, players direct the investigation of Antoine Saint Germain, the great French detective, into the...

Atom (1980)

The objective of Demon Dungeon is to escape from a dungeon full of monsters. The game is text based and...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Margaret Thatcher's late husband Denis was known to like a drop of gin, a fact frequently exploited by satirical magazine...

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Derelict is a text-adventure in which the player's space ship is caught in a tractor beam and placed inside a...

Dilemma Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

In this game, the player acts as the conscience of Alex, a down-on-his-luck young man going through some hard times....

Discworld MUD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Windows 3.x (1992)

Terry Pratchett's popular books of comedic fantasies set in Discworld provide the backdrop for this free MUD (a Multi-User Dungeon...

Disney presents Ariel's Story Studio Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

The Little Mermaid Story Studio is an interactive storybook game for children of 4 years-old and above. The player scrolls...

ZX Spectrum (1991)

In this game you play the role of "Doctor Goo", who has been given the task of stopping the evil...

BBC Micro (1985)

This second licensed game based on the Doctor Who sci-fi television series is a text adventure. In the first part,...

Dog Star Adventure TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1979) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Dog Star Adventure is a text adventure game inspired by Star Wars. In the commercial TRS-80 release all references to...

Double Play Adventure: Time Quest / Crystal Quest ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Entries in the Double Play series each contain two adventure games written with the QUILL system. In this case the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982), BBC Micro (1982) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Dragon Adventure is a text adventure in a fantasy setting. It's up to the player to rid the land of...

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Set in the fantasy world of Elanthia, DragonRealms is a massively multiplayer text-based roleplaying game. Players can choose from eleven...

Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999)

You have been transferred into Dr. Dumont's P.A.R.T.I. (Particle Accelerator and Reality Translation Integrator). Have fun trying to get out.This...

Dr. Dumont's Wild P.A.R.T.I. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Macintosh (1988)

So you've decided to become a human guinea pig eh? Well, the professor has a few nice things about his...

The Dreamhold Browser Front Cover

Windows (2005), Browser (2005), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Intended as an introductory game of modern interactive fiction for new players, complete with in-game hints and a tutorial for...

Sinclair QL (1988)

Dreamlands is a text adventure game about escapism in a fantasy world. The game's protagonist leads a boring and tedious...

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