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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 (2005)

The classic text adventure game structure involves a treasure hunt of sorts, collecting exceptional or valuable objects and amassing them...

TRS-80 (1978) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Journey to the Center of the Earth Adventure is a treasure hunt text adventure game loosely inspired by the Jules...

Jungle Quest Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), VIC-20 (1984), TI-99/4A (1984), TRS-80 (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

You are code-named Orion, an adolescent agent of ACT (the Adventure Connection Team), summoned straight out of the hallways of...

Key Features Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Key Features is an interactive fiction advertising game, commissioned to promote the Replicator, a 3D printer produced by MakerBot Industries....

ZX81 (1982)

Keys to Gondrun is a text adventure where you journey beneath the Enchanted Forest and attempt to find the missing...

Kid Venture Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Adventure International tried to corner the youngster market with their Kid Venture series, aimed at children 4-10 years old. Get...

Kingdom Without End Browser Front Cover

DOS (2001) and Browser (2011)

On the cusp of a breakthrough, Ministry funding from the National Board falls through for an unfashionable archaeological dig to...

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

King Tut's Tomb Adventure is a typical text adventure game in which the goal is to score 175 points by...

Kithe #14 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Kithe was an e-mag (electronic magazine) series that ran, on and off, for three years, primarily documenting the comings and...

Klockwerk: The Shadow in the Cathedral Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2009)

The Shadow in the Cathedral is an Interactive Fiction game from Textfyre, the first game in the Klockwerk Series. The...

Apple II (1983)

John Nelson's attempt to update the Eamon system for the Apple II resulted in the KnightQuest gaming system. It contains...

ZX81 (1983)

You are a Knight from Camelot and you are on a quest to search and find Merlin's lost treasure. In...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The Korth Trilogy is a series of children's Science fiction adventure books written by Peter K. McBride and published by...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

You are Hercules and have murdered your own family in a moment of weakness. To get your freedom after your...

DOS (1989)

The Starship has depleted all its energy near the orbit of the planet. A decision is made as a last...

Land of Three Classes: The Exam Android Front Cover

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

In this early game published through Choice of Games' "Hosted Games" program, players assume the identity of a young fantasy...

Leadlight Browser Front Cover

Windows (2010), Apple II (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

Troubled 15-year-old dancer Belinda Nettle awakens from nodding off in the library of her Australian private school to find the...

Leather Goddesses of Phobos DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), TI-99/4A (1989), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

The year is 1936, and suddenly the protagonist is abducted by the Leather Goddesses for the final testing in the...

Leisure Suit Larry's Greatest Hits and Misses! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2013), Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (2013)

In 1994, Sierra published its best selling Quest games once again in order to celebrate the company's 15th birthday. Leisure...

Life of a Wizard Android Front Cover

Browser (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Seemingly torn from the pages of Choice of the Dragon, this game also inserts players into a medieval fantasy kingdom,...

Little Blue Men Browser Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Browser (2005)

You are a cog in the wheel that is the office: standing at your desk (since Benson's the only one...

Browser (2006)

In this "enter-your-name toy" from The Surrealist, the player inputs a user name from the blogging service LiveJournal, and a...

Browser (2007)

As in the LiveJournal Dungeon Adventure before it, this is an RPG engine that dynamically constructs a functional, if somewhat...

DOS (1998)

The plot of the drama, “Lola huele bien y adora el marisco” (Lola smells good and loves seafood), is simple....

PC-88 (1983) and FM-7 (1983)

Lolita 2: Gekō Chase has little to do with its predecessor gameplay-wise. It is a very simple text-only adventure in...

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