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Infocom, Inc.


Developer and publisher of interactive fiction ("text adventure") games in the early 1980s; purchased by Activision in 1987.

From the Interactive Fiction FAQ:

[Thanks to Dave Lebling (Infocom co-founder) for the definitive info on this]

Infocom never went out of business. It went deeply into debt to develop a database product (named Cornerstone) that was a commercial flop. It went shopping for a merger and found Activision, which later changed its name to Mediagenic. What did happen is that in May of 1989 Mediagenic closed down the "real" Infocom in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and laid (almost) everyone off. All the releases up through Zork Zero, Shogun, Journey, and Arthur were developed in Cambridge.

Mediagenic licensed the UK rights to the games to Virgin Mastertronic about two years ago.

Mediagenic went nearly bankrupt, was taken over by outside investors, and taken through a so-called "pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy" in January, 1992. As part of that process, they changed their name back to Activision, moved from Silicon Valley down to LA, and recently merged with a company owned by the investors (called The Disc Company). Activision continues to release new products under the Infocom label, including collections of Infocom's text adventures. Their graphical CDROM adventures have been greeted with dour grunts on rec.*.int-fiction, but the games seem to be improving in quality with every new release.


Lost Treasures of Infocom(2012)
Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction(2000)
Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces(1996)
Adventure Collection, The(1995)
Sci-Fi Collection, The(1995)
Fantasy Collection, The(1995)
Mystery Collection, The(1995)
Comedy Collection, The(1995)
Zork Anthology, The(1994)
Enchanter: Wakaki Madōshi no Shiren(1993)
Simon the Sorcerer(1993)
Leather Goddesses of Phobos! 2: Gas Pump Girls Meet the Pulsating Inconvenience from Planet X(1992)
Lost Treasures of Infocom II, The(1992)
Lost Treasures of Infocom, The(1992)
Tombs & Treasure(1991)
Circuit's Edge(1990)
BattleTech: The Crescent Hawks' Revenge(1990)
Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur(1989)
James Clavell's Shogun(1989)
Journey: The Quest Begins(1989)
Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz(1989)
Mars Saga(1989)
Quarterstaff: The Tomb of Setmoth(1988)
ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom(1988)
ZorkQuest: Assault on Egreth Castle(1988)
Gamma Force in Pit of a Thousand Screams(1988)
Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen(1988)
BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception(1988)
Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels(1988)
Science Fiction Classics(1987)
Classic Mystery Library(1987)
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor(1987)
Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It(1987)
Zork Trilogy(1987)
Border Zone(1987)
Hollywood Hijinx(1987)
Plundered Hearts(1987)
Lurking Horror, The(1987)
Enchanter Trilogy(1986)
Leather Goddesses of Phobos(1986)
A Mind Forever Voyaging(1985)

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125 Cambridge Park Drive
Cambridge, MA 02140

Related Web Sites

  • Down From the Top of Its Game: The Story of Infocom, Inc. (The complete story of Infocom, from its beginnings to its demise. From MIT.)
  • (This site contains scans of boxes and manuals for Infocom games. It also mirrors or contains links to other Infocom sites. Finally it gives directions to the author's telnet site, where users may play the games online.)
  • Infocom Info Site (Everything you'd ever want to know about Infocom on one site. Historical timelines for company and games; information on all games with faqs, patch links, downloads; reprints of articles and so much more.)
  • Infocom on the Commodore 64 (The complete Infocom collection for the Commodore 64, each title listed with introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
  • Infocom Project (High quality scans of game boxes and contents.)
  • Infocom - The Master Storytellers (Provides company history, game descriptions, downloads, buying guide, author biographies, and more.)
  • Old coders never die... they only fade away (Feature in Commodore Format (Issue 22, Jul 92, p53) that lists companies and programmers that made the Commodore 64 great. )
  • PRIZM (This page has Z-Machine versions of InvisiClues.)
  • The Encyclopedia Frobozzica (This online encyclopedia is a reference of the names and faces you'll find in the Zork series. You can also download it in Acrobat format.)
  • The Infocom Gallery (If you're looking for high-quality scans of Infocom covers and props, this is the place to go. You can also find scans for lesser known release versions, too. There is a mirror up at
  • The Master Storytellers did (Info-)Comics (and nobody took notice) (article about the genesis and fate of the Infocomics project, including interviews with many of the people involved)
  • The Unofficial Infocom Page (This site is the starting point for just about all of your Infocom informational needs. They've got game information, articles, and links for just about everything that's Infocom.)
  • Wikipedia (The Infocom article on Wikipedia.)