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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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DOS (1995)

Final Soul is a text adventure game, where you are stuck in the house, and through puzzles and riddles, must...

DOS (2005)

A rudimentary Christian text adventure with a multiple-choice navigational interface, the game puts in the player (following an introductory throwaway...

The First Mile Amiga Front Cover

Linux (2005), DOS (2005), Windows (2005), Windows 3.x (2005), Amiga (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Driving cross country brings the natural urges of food and gasoline. Turning off the highway and into the sleepy little...

The Fleet iPad Front Cover

Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

The Fleet presents a SF epic of loss and retribution with all of the juicy stuff: alien invasion, military command,...

Fool's Gold Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Fool's Gold is a single player text adventure.The game starts with the player lost and alone in the desert. Quite...

Forbidden Castle PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1985) and Apple II (1985)

A save-the-princess text adventure in a fantasy world. Emphasis is on determining the function of the magical words and items...

Forbidden Quest PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Atari ST (1985) and Macintosh (1985)

Your one man spaceship crash lands on a barren planet. You must take it upon yourself to look for remnants...

Browser (1999)

A semi-feral shape-changer, recently enslaved to the warlike Dwarfs of Mirewater, escapes from its imprisonment into the sinister wilds of...

The Four-in-One Infocom Sampler Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

This collection bundles 4 Infocom games: Infidel Planetfall Witness Zork I Just a small section of each game is included,...

Frankenstein ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Frankenstein is a text based adventure game by Rod Pike and is the follow-up to his earlier game, Dracula.The story...

DOS (1992), Commodore 64 (1988) and TRS-80 (1981)

As the last living descendant of the storied Frankenstein family, the player has been summoned to the old family estate....

Frotz (included games) iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008) and iPad (2010)

Named after a Zorkian spell to render something luminous (in turn derived from MIT hacker jargon), Frotz has long been...

Future Voices iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

This is an anthology of eleven unrelated interactive stories from six different countries submitted for a contest. They span a...

Galatea Browser Front Cover

DOS (2000), Windows (2000), Amiga (2000), Atari ST (2000), Commodore 64 (2000), Apple II (2000) and Browser (2002)

Galatea is not like many other pieces of interactive fiction. It is a single conversation with a single NPC. However,...

Browser (2009)

Sometimes large real-life conferences lend themselves to curious games in niche genres; roguelikes were found to be well-suited to the...

Games That Didn't Make It Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Games That Didn't Make It is a compilation of eight previously unreleased Epic Banana games. Several of the games are...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

GemStone IV is a high fantasy game set in the world of Elanthia. Originally offered on service providers such as...

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Owing more than a little to Robert Arnstein's TRS-80 escape-from-the-asylum text adventure classic Bedlam, this whimsical romp casts the player...

GET LAMP (included games) Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Jason Scott's documentary about interactive fiction comes with two DVDs. The first disc contains the main feature (itself featuring one...

DOS (2007)

Arguably boasting the most intriguing premise of any Paul Panks game, Ghost of the Fireflies sees the player initially directing...

Ghost Town TRS-80 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1981), TRS-80 (1982), Browser (2005) and Electron (1984)

The old frontier town is long since deserted, but thirteen treasures can still be retrieved from the deceptive stillness of...

Goblin Towers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Goblin Towers is a text based treasure hunting adventure. A large and ancient castle stands in a large and ancient...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

This is the fifth game in Artic's Adventure Series . The player takes the role of an adventurer who is...

The Golden Voyage Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1981), TI-99/4A (1981), TRS-80 (1981) and Browser (2005)

The 12th and final adventure in the main Scott Adams series, and most likely the one with the fewest packaging...

Gourmet Browser Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Browser (2006)

Gourmet is a comic text adventure set in a restaurant. A week after the grand opening of your restaurant Mack...

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