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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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Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Insulter is a parody of Eliza. Instead of trying to be helpful to the player this chatterbot just tries to...

Browser (2012)

This is an interactive story putting the player in the role of a Bletchley Park cryptographer, surely at least in...

DOS (2002)

Another text adventure game made with the Computer Novel Construction Set. The player takes a role of alien #28493 (later...

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1984), TRS-80 (1984), Commodore PET/CBM (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Island of Secrets is a typical early text adventure. The player, as a character named Alphan, must find a number...

DOS (1987)

Crashing your spaceship on a strange planet and formulating some sort of escape plan is a longstanding convention in science...

James Bond 007: A View to a Kill DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Apple II (1985) and Macintosh (1985)

You are James Bond 007 and you must stop Max Zorin from destroying Silicon Valley and dominating the microchip market....

James Bond 007: Goldfinger PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1986), Apple II (1986) and Macintosh (1986)

The player must stop Auric Goldfinger from taking the world's gold supply, stop the destruction of Kentucky, deal with Pussy...

TRS-80 (1981), TRS-80 CoCo (1981), Dragon 32/64 (1982) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are standing in the maze of streets belonging to the city of Jerusalem and your quest is to find...

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...

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