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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 (1990)

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

Commodore 64 (1992)

You are Mr Parker, a solicitor and one of your clients Mr Dickens has died and his last will and...

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...

Commodore 64 (1992)

You are an avid adventure game player but things are starting to get boring and stale and you really would...

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....

Apple II (1984)

Awakening in an abandoned archaeological desert dig site, the player of this rudimentary, sophomoric satirical text adventure (derived from Infocom's...

Inky Path: Vol. 1.1 -- Winter 2014 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

This is a curated compilation of seven previously-released works of hyperfiction and interactive fiction playable in web browsers, including the...

Inky Path: Volume 1.2 -- Spring 2014: There’s a Crazy World Outside! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

This is a curated compilation of six works of hyperfiction and interactive fiction readable and playable in web browsers, including...

Inky Path: Volume 1.3 -- Summer 2014: Hidden in Shadows Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

This is a curated compilation of five works of hyperfiction and interactive fiction readable and playable in web browsers, including...

DOS (1996) and Amiga (1994)

Inner Demons is a shareware text and graphics adventure game designed for entry level players of games of this type....

The Institute TRS-80 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and TRS-80 (1981)

In this bizarre text-based mystery, you assume the role of John, a mental patient who is being held against his...

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...

Island of Secrets Apple II Front Cover

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...

It's Killing Time Browser Front Cover

Browser (2015), iPhone (2015), Android (2015) and iPad (2015)

In this game, the player controls a professional hitman -- part of a cartel of paid killers who, between contracts...

DOS (1987)

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

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a private investigator and after receiving a phone call from Mrs Gloria F. Bannister, you agree to search...

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