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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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Espionage Island Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1982), Amstrad CPC (1985) and ZX81 (1982)

While on a recce mission to investigate a secret enemy location, your plane is shot down and you are sent...

Essex DOS Front Cover

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

In this real time all-text game, a sightseeing tour of the Starship Essex turns into hard work when a dying...

DOS (1995)

Like VariTale before it, TEA is a BBS door for automating the infrastructure permitting the playing of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type plot-forking...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Explore is a simple text-based exploration game. It uses a simple text parser with which the player can move around....

Spectravideo (1984)

In this Swedish text adventure, you are Indiana Jones, and it is up to you to recover King Arthur's sword,...

Windows (2009)

Published from 1995-96, the Fabled Lands series of gamebooks offered something previously unknown; an enormous, modular fantasy gamebook system offering...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

You are walking along when you find a magic wand and after waving it about you have appeared in a...

DOS (1990)

The beautiful vistas of farmlands, forests, mountains and deserts that greet you upon your arrival on Faland does little to...

The Fantasy Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

The Fantasy Collection in Infocom's Collection series combines five interactive text-based adventure games on CD-ROM. The featured titles are:Enchanter Seastalker...

Fantasy Quest Browser Front Cover

Browser (1998)

Fantasy Quest is an adventure game, and a part of the Adventure Games Live series. Like all games from this...

Fantasy Story of Imprisoned Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Following a protracted D&D character generation process, optionally descending into paper-doll level costuming detail, the player's situation is presented: arrested...

DOS (2002) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The farmer's daughter is the eternal complement to the traveling salesman in American folklore and humour, practically Jungian archetypes licking...

Browser (2014)

This is a time-limited "exhibition" or collection of sixteen games made using Twine:Debt, by Tony Perriello,Duck Ted Bundy, by Coleoptera-Kinbote,The...

Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2011)

Following quick on the heels of their earlier adaptation of the venerable gamebook property into a 3D action RPG for...

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 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Kindle Classic (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...

Commodore 64 (1983)

You are alone in bed with a bad storm raging outside with no lighting as the power lines are down...

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...

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