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Adventureland is the first of Scott Adams' text adventures. Using simple two word commands you explore an enchanted world, solve puzzles and try to recover 13 lost treasures.
The game's display is different from other adventure games like Zork: The Great Underground Empire in that the screen is divided into two "windows": the room description, exits, and items appear on the top part of the screen, and you enter commands on the bottom of the screen.
- Adventure Land - Alternate spelling
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Frustrated and fed up with her husband's preoccupation with his homebrew microcomputer text adventuring system, his wife (and later Adventure International contributor) Alexis Adams hid the master floppy disks of his source code in various spots around the house -- culminating in his finding them in the oven one night, apparently ultimately without the intended, destructive effect. She jokes about the incident: "I guess [it] should have been the start of the first Adventure.
ALL I SEE HERE IS AN OVEN, A SINK, AND A COUNTER.
A SCREAM IS HEARD AS THE OVEN OPENS. EEEK ITS MR ADAMS SCREAMING 'OH NO MY DISKS ALLLLLLLLLLLLEXIS'"
An Adventureland Demo package was released in 1979. It is a sampler of the original game, brought to the market as a retail demo. As a cut-down version it contains 3 treasures.
When Adams tried to sell the original TRS-80 version, he had to come up with a cheap packaging. As he just had a one-year old kid around the house, he was inspired to use baby bottle liners as instant packaging.
- February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Adventure Games (editorial staff choice)
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An Adventure in Small Computer Game Simulation
Technical paper by <moby developer="Scott Adams">Scott Adams</moby>, originally published on pages 90-97 of the August 1979 issue of Creative Computing, describing the philosophy and structure of a Scott Adams Adventure, using examples from Adventureland.
Scott Adams' home page
This is the author's home page which has a history of his adventure games, new adventure games he has written for Windows, links to other Scott Adams web sites, and more.
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Game added by Droog.
Exidy Sorcerer added by Trypticon. Electron added by Rola. Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64 added by Xoleras. BBC Micro, Browser, VIC-20 added by Pseudo_Intellectual. TRS-80 added by Ivan Napreenko. Dragon 32/64 added by Игги Друге. Commodore PET/CBM added by vedder. TRS-80 CoCo added by me3D31337. TI-99/4A added by mocagh.
Game added August 12th, 2003. Last modified August 30th, 2023.