Jeffrey Rosenthal's Interactive Fiction
(Text Adventure) Page
I enjoy interactive fiction (text adventure) computer games, as an
alternative to the modern computer game style of "flashing lights
and fancy graphics and loud sound effects but little actual content".
The basic idea of IF games is simplicity itself: the computer provides
certain text (e.g. "You are in a large room. There is a spatula here."),
and you type your character's actions in plain text (e.g. "Get spatula.
Go north."). Out of this simple design can emerge elaborate journeys,
in elaborate settings, involving puzzles and traps and joy and intrigue --
at its best, a cross between a computer game and an engaging novel.
(And if you get stuck when playing a game, there is often
a hints or solution file available.)
For more information, and hundreds of freely-available games, see e.g.
Baf's Guide, or the Interactive Fiction Archive (or a
or the IFDB.
I also enjoy creating maps for IF games, using the simple software
by Fredric Ihren. Some of my maps are below. WARNING: The maps
Running IF Games
If you install a TADS
(e.g. QTads or FrobTADS or Spatterlight or WinTADS
or Player Kit for Windows),
then you can play any IF game which has a .gam
file. (See also
an obscure TADS Yellow Dog Linux fix.)
Similarly, with XZip
you can play any game in "Infocom Z-code" format, i.e.
having a .z5 or .z8 file. Together this includes
the majority of IF games.
My Own Game: Galactic Peace (gpeace.gam)
Over the years 2001-2009, I gradually wrote my own
small, simple TADS game, called Galactic
Peace. See the Galactic
Peace web page including
the gpeace.gam game file and
Any comments or suggestions
of any kind are most appreciated. Have fun!
My Favourite IF Games
Games I Played and Enjoyed
Games I Started, and Mostly Enjoyed, but Didn't (Yet?) Finish
IF Games On My "To-Play List"
(Let me know if you would like to play any of them with me!)
Adventure (Colossal Cave Revisited)
As a throwback to my youth, I recently replayed the wonderful original Adventure game, now referred to
as Colossal Cave.
See the maps I created
(for the original, 350-point version of the game).
Note that I just did them quickly, for myself, and
they are not 100% complete or 100% accurate or particularly
beautiful. In fact, there are already many different solutions
of this game available on the web, including some other maps
which are doubtless better than mine.
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