Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Myth DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Magnetic Scrolls' last adventure before the introduction of their 'Magnetic Windows' format, Myth is classic interactive fiction.Myth is set in...

Näkemiin, Hongkong Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989)

A text adventure game. It is year 1997. Hong Kong has moved from British administration to the Chinese, but not...

Commodore 64 (2007)

In a choose-your-own-adventure narrative not for children, the player controls a 12-year-old runaway boy, bored and frustrated with his stifling...

Neighbourhood Necromancer Browser Front Cover

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

Life in a small British town is not much fun -- for virtually anyone -- but especially for an alienated...

Browser (2012)

In this brief interactive chat, the player chooses conversational gambits over a mobile phone conversation. The dialogue begins with mundane...

Commodore 64 (1982) and TRS-80 (1980)

The banker Mr. Klinkoyn has misplaced four treasures throughout his nine-room house and he has called upon you to locate...

Linux (2008) and Windows (2008)

The player controls the actions of a software developer at Great Sites Inc., where a hacker has recently compromised security...

DOS (1999)

Following a typical plot for its generation of early text adventures on mainframe, Castle challenges its player to explore a...

The Nightmare Maze Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2011)

In this surreal multiple-choice game, a product of the "Waking Cassandra" cross-media series (currently being developed as a three-act drama),...

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

This is a computer adaptation of a stateless gamebook by Stephen Mooser first published in 1985, #19 in the "Which...

DOS (1989)

The village of Lostwithiel, nestled at the foot of Bald Mountain, is fighting a curse put upon the land by...

Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987) and Macintosh (1987)

Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It is a text adventure game revolving around puns and wordplays....

Commodore 64 (1986)

The city of Troy has finally been defeated after a long ten years of being under siege and you, the...

Once and Future DOS Front Cover

Linux (1998), DOS (1998), Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1998)

Private Frank Leandro is killed in action in Vietnam but wakes up on the isle of Avalon in the days...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1987)

This is a C language port of Crowther's original ADVENTURE. In order to restore the original version (which was then...

Palace in Thunderland Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

A text adventure game based loosely on Alice in Wonderland. It contains some of the most popular characters from the...

Panoplia: The Full Armor of God DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

A Christian text adventure in which you are charged with recovering the five pieces of the Armor of God. Obtaining...

DOS (1993) and Browser (1999)

A choose-your-own-adventure text game set in West End Games' dementedly Orwellian Paranoia dystopian sci-fi universe, this sardonic romp casts the...

Paranoia Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2011)

In this multiple-choice game, the player directs the devious actions of a bona fide paranoiac, medicated beneath a prescription issued...

The Pay Off Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

The Payoff is a single player text adventure. There are no pictures in this game.The player takes the role of...

Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover

Linux (2003), DOS (2003) and Windows (2003)

As this text adventure opens, the land of Pentari is in chaos. A band of renegades has infiltrated the Delphin...

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Windows 3.x (2005)

An Alternate Reality Game, Perplex City is a cross-media experience, played partly through each of: the web, downloadable puzzle games,...

Phantom of the Arcade Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Through some underhanded supernatural interference, our protagonist finds themself diverted from the Hallowe'en party they'd planned to attend and trapped...

DOS (1982)

A simple crawl where you have to explore a strange old, mostly abandoned and rumouredly haunted prison to find some...

Philosopher's Quest BBC Micro Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988), BBC Micro (1982) and Electron (1984)

Philosopher's Quest is a single player text adventure.The story starts with the player mooching around a junk shop. Somewhere in...

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