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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 (1988) and Browser (2010)

A piece of hyperfiction masquerading as a rare romantic text adventure game about a big date with what could be...

Lupercalia Browser Front Cover

Linux (2008), DOS (2008), Windows (2008), Amiga (2008), Atari ST (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2008)

Lupercalia is an interactive fiction game where you have to save the poor shepherd from the wolves. You'll meet some...

The Lurking Horror DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Macintosh (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Despite a terrible snowstorm, a young G.U.E. Tech student travels to the school's computer lab to work on his grad...

Macbeth Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

As detailed and careful an examination as any historical military simulation, Macbeth recreates the challenges faced by Lord and Lady...

DOS (1997)

In this installment (#40) of the Blender competition, participants were urged to submit works engaging the themes of "Superhero", "robbery"...

Madness & the Minotaur TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1981) and Dragon 32/64 (1982)

A bold adventurer descends into the enormous labyrinth of the Cretan King Minos at Knossos, hoping to part seven mythical...

Linux (2004), DOS (2004), Windows (2004), Amiga (2004) and Atari ST (2004)

The heirless King Ardashir I of the Magocratic Kingdom of Persis is falling ill, and before dying intends to name...

Make It Good Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Make It Good is text-based Interactive Fiction: a Chandleresque noir detective story in which you play the hard-boiled detective trying...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982), Dragon 32/64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You stand outside a mansion which some say is haunted while others say it is cursed, and your quest is...

Marine Raider iPad Front Cover

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

The player fills the WWII combat boots of a squadron leader of marine soldiers based out of Espiritu Santo, tasked...

DOS (1990)

Your useless ship has crash landed, yet again, on a hostile alien planet. Thankfully your on board computers have located...

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

In Mars the player is stranded with his or her spaceship on the planet Mars. The player must recover the...

Commodore 64 (1988)

After all your training you now face your final test to receive the title of Matchmaker and it involves getting...

Browser (2011)

An exercise in time-shifted narrative in the vein of a spontaneously-generated bedtime story (and filling the backstory blanks thereof), this...

DOS (1984)

In McMurphy's Mansion, a text based adventure, you are the nephew/niece of the late eccentric millionaire McMurphy. Upon arriving in...

Mecha Ace: Heroes of the Vedrian War Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

In this multiple-choice game, the player makes decisions on the behalf of the leader of a lance (a tactical grouping)...

DOS (1997)

When the next smallpox pandemic comes, none of our society's hubris will soften its devastating public health impact. You inhabit...

Microsoft Adventure PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1981), Apple II (1981) and TRS-80 (1979)

The earliest commercial home computer port of the first mainframe adventure game, Colossal Cave. Players explore said cave, searching for...

Commodore 64 (1991)

You awake tied to chair in a large room which looks part of a large mansion. You have a sore...

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

This is a computer adaptation of a stateless gamebook by Stephen Mooser first published in 1985, #20 in the "Which...

Mindwheel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

This real time all-text game puts you in the role of a Mind Adventurer, asked to journey back through the...

ZX81 (1982)

Mines of Saturn / Return to Earth is a double games pack of two text adventures that follow each other...

DOS (1981), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), VIC-20 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

The Miser's House is a text adventure in which the player explores the Miser's House. The game is low on...

Windows (2008)

The Wizard of Life has abducted our hero to a far-off and strange distant land, where he must determine how...

The Mist DOS Front Cover

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

This adventure is adapted from the 150-page novella "The Mist" by Stephen King.While you are on a routine visit to...

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