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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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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...

DOS (1983)

Enter the unbelievably sexy-sounding namesake place to have highly erotic adventures and to score. Points, I mean.As with the other...

The Graphic Adventure Creator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

The Graphic Adventure creator is a tool to create interactive fiction games. A utility to draw background graphics is included,...

DOS (2005) and Windows (2005)

The Great Machine is an allegory for thousands of years of cyclical human history (lessons unlearned, doomed to be repeated)...

Greystone Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003), DOS (2003), Windows (2003), Windows 3.x (2003), Amiga (2003) and Atari ST (2003)

Patients and staff are being systematically slaughtered at Greystone. After three murders in just two weeks leave local police stumped,...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

This is the seventh game in Artic's Adventure Series. You play the role of a regular Joe living in the...

Gun Mute Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gun Mute is an interactive fiction game set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic western environment, mixing traditional gunslingers with mutant cyborgs...

Windows (2008)

Pierre Artois, the scion of an old and powerful family, has run afoul of one of the family's old and...

Hamlet: The Text Adventure Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

Claudius killed your father and he's feeling quite smug about it—maybe you should teach him a thing or two. But...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

To enter the upmarket borough of Hampstead you will need taste, refinement, and money. As you currently have only a...

DOS (1992)

You were thrilled to hear that a month stay was arranged for you in an old manor. For a horror...

Haunted House TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1980)

Generations have passed since the family mysteriously disappeared and the house has been vacant for decades now. Its two story...

Apple II (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983), TRS-80 (1983), Commodore PET/CBM (1983), Dragon 32/64 (1983), BBC Micro (1983), Oric (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

Haunted House is an example treasure hunt adventure game included in the book Write your own Adventure Programs for your...

DOS (1982)

Another simple treasure crawl interactive fiction by Temple Software: Explore a fantasy realm where a hermit is rumoured to live,...

Heroes Rise: The Prodigy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

In this entirely textual superhero game, the player gets to customize story-relevant attributes of a Power user -- sex, sexual...

High $take$ Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1986) and Apple II (1986)

As Steven Scott; a millionaire - you find out that your trainer and rider for your award winning racehorse has...

DOS (1990)

In this meandering, stream-of-consciousness Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type text game, the player guides a 16-year-old Vietnam draft dodger-in-training, enjoying the heady freedom...

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