DescriptionGameplay 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).
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...
You might be mistaken for thinking that the "treasure hunt in a mansion full of secrets" theme had been played...
Revisiting the proto-text adventure Hunt the Wumpus, this game gathers the essential elements -- pursuing a monster through a bat-infested...
Commodore 64 (1992)
You are an avid adventure game player but things are starting to get boring and stale and you really would...
You've been marooned by your crew in the vast wasteland of the Egyptian Desert. The burning heat causes you to...
A collection of Infocom text adventure games released in Europe by Mastertronic. It contains The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,...
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...
This is a curated compilation of seven previously-released works of hyperfiction and interactive fiction playable in web browsers, including the...
This is a curated compilation of six works of hyperfiction and interactive fiction readable and playable in web browsers, including...
This is a curated compilation of five works of hyperfiction and interactive fiction readable and playable in web browsers, including...
Commodore PET/CBM (1982)
Insulter is a parody of Eliza. Instead of trying to be helpful to the player this chatterbot just tries to...
This is an interactive story putting the player in the role of a Bletchley Park cryptographer, surely at least in...
Another text adventure game made with the Computer Novel Construction Set. The player takes a role of alien #28493 (later...
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...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 93 Leather Goddesses of Phobos
- 90 Hollywood Hijinx
- 88 Zork: The Great Underground Empire
- 88 Moonmist
- 88 The Lurking Horror
- 87 Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels
- 86 Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor
- 85 Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz
- 83 Pilgrim
- 82 Leather Goddesses of Phobos
Games must have at least a Critic Score of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 4.79 Anchorhead (1998)
- 4.00 The Lurking Horror (1987)
- 3.29 Softporn Adventure (2002)
- 3.88 Planetfall (1984)
- 4.15 Suspect (1984)
- 3.90 Myth (1989)
- 3.74 Deadline (1983)
- 3.93 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2004)
- 3.88 Planetfall (1986)
- 3.83 Tass Times in Tonetown (1986)
Games must have at least 5 votes and a User Score of 4.0 to be considered.
Interactive Fiction is part of Gameplay. This group of genres contain:
- Anime / Manga
- Beat 'em up / Brawler
- Board / Party Game
- Cards / Tiles
- Game Show
- Hidden object
- Interactive Fiction
- Interactive Fiction with Graphics
- Interactive Movie
- Martial Arts
- Mental training
- Paddle / Pong
- Rhythm / Music
- Survival Horror
- Video Backdrop
- Visual Novel