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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 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...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Sat in your office doing your humdrum job, you receive a phone call that makes you blackout and you end...

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...

Mobile Armored Marine iPad Front Cover

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

A true science-fiction power fantasy, this game puts the player in control of an enhanced cybernetic elite soldier in a...

Macintosh (1995)

A text adventure double-feature letting the player bust in the fourth wall and experience for him or herself all the...

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

This is a computer adaptation of a stateless gamebook by Stephen Mooser first published in 1986, #23 in the "Which...

Moonlight Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Jonas Kyratzes takes us on another wordy journey through his bipolar whimsy, presenting a player-directed Protean humanistic hyperfiction journey to...

Moonmist DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

Tamara Lynd has recently become engaged to Jack Tresyllian, a wealthy owner of the Tresyllian Castle in Cornwall, England. Shortly...

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

You have a reputation as a worthy and capable adventurer. One day you encounter an old man named Mordon, who...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Your society is suffering from frequent attacks by forces from the east, lead by Vran Verusbel and princess Delphia. You...

TRS-80 (1981) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Mount St. Helens is a choose your own adventure type game. The catch is that there's only one right choice...

Muggle Studies Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

In this unauthorized Harry Potter fangame, the player, a muggle, is whisked off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...

The Mystery Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

The Mystery Collection in Infocom's series combines six interactive text-based adventure games on CD-ROM. The featured titles are: Deadline Lurking...

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