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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 (1993) and Amiga (1992)

How to best demonstrate the capabilities of your text adventure authoring system (the Master's Edition of the Adventure Game Toolkit)...

Adventure in the Fifth Dimension Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1983)

Mostly written in Atari BASIC (with a hint of 6502 assembly), this game was Brian Moriarty's first text adventure. Its...

Adventureland Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1978), Atari 8-bit (1981), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1981), TI-99/4A (1981), TRS-80 (1978), Commodore PET/CBM (1980), Dragon 32/64 (1985), Browser (2005), BBC Micro (1983), Electron (1985), PC-88 (1984), PC-98 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Adventureland is the first of Scott Adams' text adventures. Using simple two word commands you explore an enchanted world, solve...

Adventure Quest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1983) and Oric (1983)

The sequel to Colossal Adventure is an interactive fiction game with a VERB NOUN interface. The fantasy setting takes a...

Atom (1982)

Adventures is a collection of three text adventure games: Dungeon House Intergalactic Dungeon involves searching for treasure in a maze...

Adventure Series Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1989), Atari 8-bit (1981), TI-99/4A (1984) and TRS-80 (1982)

This value pack collects the twelve Scott Adams Classic Adventures in their all-text format with the original IBM PC interpreter....

Adventure Series 13+ TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1984)

This compilation, created exclusively for the TI, contains all the remaining Scott Adams adventures after the first dozen (except Fantastic...

Apple II (1982)

In this prototype video-enhanced text adventure, the player is called upon to find clues scattered throughout an amusement park needed...

DOS (1986)

As in the Lewis Carroll work, Victorian girlchild Alice Liddell avoids doing her tedious homework ("Could there possibly be" you...

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1986), Browser (2005) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

A tie-in to the 1984 film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, you play the ineffably cool...

ZX81 (1982)

Adventure Tape No. 1 is a collection of three text adventures where each adventure has screens showing text describing your...

Adventure Value Pack #1 Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1981) and TRS-80 (1981)

This is a compilation of the first three Scott Adams adventures. It contains: Adventureland Pirate Adventure Secret Mission

Adventure Value Pack #2 Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981) and TRS-80 (1981)

This is a compilation of the first three Scott Adams adventures. It contains: Voodoo Castle The Count Strange Odyssey

Adventure Value Pack #3 Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1981) and TRS-80 (1981)

This is a compilation of three Scott Adams adventures. It contains: Mystery Fun House Pyramid of Doom Ghost Town

Adventure Value Pack #4 Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1981) and TRS-80 (1981)

This is a compilation of the final three Scott Adams adventures. It contains: Savage Island Part One Savage Island Part...

DOS (2007)

The sinister wizard Mordimar, having come into possession of the powerful magical artifact the Orb of Destiny, is slowly sapping...

Ad Verbum Browser Front Cover

DOS (2000), Windows (2000), Macintosh (2000) and Browser (2001)

The city finally having secured an eviction notice, the demolition contractor is contractually obligated to conduct an inventory of the...

iPod Classic (2009)

This brief work of hyperfiction concerns itself with preternatural happenings surrounding an early European flight in the '20s. The reader...

Africa Gardens Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Africa Gardens is a text only adventure game written using 'The Quill' Adventure Generator.The game is set in an old...

DOS (1997)

African Adventure is a text-based game with no sound or graphics. It is a remake of African Adventure: In Search...

Aisle Browser Front Cover

DOS (1999) and Browser (2002)

A common criticism of adventure games generally and works of interactive fiction specifically is that they oftentimes suffer from what...

DOS (1989)

Alice in Wonderland is a text adventure based on Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. There are 16 objects...

Alice in Wonderland Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Apple II (1985)

Alice in Wonderland is an adventure platformer based upon the two Alice books by Lewis Carrol and created using the...

DOS (1982)

This short text adventure casts the player as the sole survivor of a space disaster involving the luxury liner "Adonis."...

Aliens Text Adventure iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011)

Returning to the minimalist roots of the text adventure genre, this game puts the player in charge of a protagonist...

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