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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 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

The pride and joy of the Federation, the Quann Tulla spaceship has been stolen by it's creator Erra Quann to...

DOS (1995)

Quest ][ is a somewhat unusual game, replete with a kind of celebratory strangeness that only the young or confirmedly...

Raäka-Tū TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1981) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

On a research grant for your Ph.D. project, you are searching for the lost Khazhadim tribe in the jungles of...

Racter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), Amiga (1986), Apple II (1985) and Macintosh (1985)

From the Racter FAQ:In 1984, William Chamberlain published a book called "The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed" (Warner Books, NY....

Dragon 32/64 (1982)

In this text adventure, you play the friend of a professor who has gone missing on some kind of archaeological...

The Rainbow Book of Adventures TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

The Rainbow magazine, compiled a collection of text and graphical adventures programmed in BASIC. The default interface of early 1980's...

Rambo: First Blood Part II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985) and Apple II (1985)

Take on the role of Sylvester Stallone's machine-gun-toting action hero in this text adventure game adaption (!) of the movie....

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

The King has asked you to search his Kingdom and return his stolen Crown Jewels which are believed to be...

Red Moon ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985) and Memotech MTX (1985)

The Red Moon Crystal is the only source of Magik in the land, and stabilizes the forces of the world....

Browser (2009)

In Fallout 3, within the confines of Hubris Comics, there is a terminal where players can play with a "beta"...

Commodore 64 (2006)

In this spoof of mystery stories, you play the role of Sammy Marlo, Private Eye. A room full of priceless...

Windows (2000)

If you remember "SAY YOHO" you won't need to read any further. This is Scott Adam's return to the wonderful...

Return to Pirate's Isle TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1983) and Browser (2005)

Created exclusively for the TI, Return to Pirate's Isle was the only Scott Adams adventure which did NOT require the...

Browser (1998)

In this limited simulation, the player is cast in the role of the protagonist of the famous poem, and can...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Re-Unification War is in full swing throughout the 22nd Century Galaxy, during your career as reporter Harper. When you...

Ripper! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Text Adventure that has eerie music playing the whole time. At the time if you played it with the lights...

Robots of Dawn Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

In this text adventure based on Isaac Asimov's science fiction detective novel The Robots of Dawn, the player takes the...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

A compilation of three illustrated text horror games by Rod Pike: Dracula Frankenstein Wolfman

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Macintosh (1987)

Although the title may cause it to appear pornographic, Romantic Encounters at the Dome is actually more of a text-based...

Roofed Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

A side-story from the author's film-in-progress Ghosts With Shit Jobs, this game presents an episode from the lives of two...

Sabres of Infinity iPad Front Cover

Browser (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

With echoes of the earlier and more protean Choice of Broadsides, this game deposits players in the polished boots of...

Saigon: The Final Days Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1981) and TRS-80 (1981)

Saigon: The Final Days is a text adventure by Jyym Pearson and Robin Pearson, the team responsible for most of...

Savage Island Series TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1981)

On the TI, the two parts of the Savage Island series from Scott Adams were combined into one package. This...

Science Fiction Classics Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1987), Apple II (1987), Commodore 128 (1987) and Macintosh (1987)

This compilation contains: A Mind Forever Voyaging Planetfall The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Sci-Fi Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

The Sci-Fi Collection in Infocom's series combines five interactive text-based adventure games on CD-ROM. The featured titles are:The Hitchhiker's Guide...

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