User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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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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...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

The Helm of Immortality was stolen long ago by the evil Lich who keeps it in the bowlels of his...

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...

TRS-80 (1980) and Browser (2011)

This game puts the player in the captain's chair of a ship of the British naval fleet circa the Napoleonic...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), PC Booter (1984), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), TI-99/4A (1984), TRS-80 (1984), Amstrad CPC (1986), Commodore 128 (1985), TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Macintosh (1984), Browser (2004), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984), Amstrad PCW (1986) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

You are Arthur Dent, an Englishman with a bad hangover wearing a dressing gown containing a much needed buffered analgesic...

DOS (1993) and Browser (2004)

Hobbit: The True Story is a tiny adventure, spoofing Tolkien's classic children's book.The game also is one of the first...

Hobson's Choice Browser Front Cover

Browser (1998)

It's often said that civilization is only three square meals away from anarchy and riots, and this game opens with...

Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

In this game, the player commands the vessel The Horizon of Night; setting forth from the fantastic port of Myrmidal,...

Hollywood Hijinx DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), TI-99/4A (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), Macintosh (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Buddy Burbank was a B-movie actor who one day met the wealthy Hildegarde Montague and married her. His wife's money...

DOS (1997)

The Hollywood Murders is an interactive text / graphic shareware adventure designed for gamers who are new to this type...

The Holy Grail PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984) and Apple II (1985)

The Holy Grail is a text adventure in which the player controls a young prince in search of the famous...

The Hound of Shadow DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

A text adventure game set in HP Lovecraft themes in 1920's. The game's character generation routine was unusual. It was...

DOS (1990)

When your eccentric uncle dies he leaves behind his vast fortune to you. The catch? You've gotta spend one chilling...

DOS (1990)

You might be mistaken for thinking that the "treasure hunt in a mansion full of secrets" theme had been played...

Browser (2000)

Revisiting the proto-text adventure Hunt the Wumpus, this game gathers the essential elements -- pursuing a monster through a bat-infested...

I-0: Jailbait on Interstate Zero DOS Front Cover

Linux (1997), DOS (1997), Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Browser (2003)

You're Tracey Valencia, freshman at the University of Dorado. You're driving through the desert to be home for Thanksgiving, and...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

New York is being held to ransom for a Billion dollars by a terrorist group called Stirling. The location of...

PC Booter (1985) and Apple II (1985)

This text adventure transports the player deep into the South American jungles, in the footsteps of renowned archaeologist Dr. Paul...

Indiana Jones in Revenge of the Ancients DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Apple II (1987) and Macintosh (1987)

Indiana Jones in Revenge of the Ancients is a text adventure game. Hack your way through the steaming, tangled Mexican...

Infidel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1983), PC Booter (1983), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), TRS-80 (1983), Amstrad CPC (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (1984) and Macintosh (1984)

You've been marooned by your crew in the vast wasteland of the Egyptian Desert. The burning heat causes you to...

The Infocom Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

A collection of Infocom text adventure games released in Europe by Mastertronic. It contains The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,...

The Inheritance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Returning to the commercial text adventure field which he pioneered, Scott Adams of Adventureland fame presents a new text adventure....

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