Interactive Fiction

Okay, so they call it Interactive Fiction nowadays, but it's still Text Adventures for me!

Here are some good starting points for those new to interactive fiction...
A Beginner's Guide to Interactive Fiction
A Beginner's Guide to Playing Interactive Fiction

The original Zork trilogy and The Undiscovered Underground that you played on your VIC20 a long time ago are now free downloads for DOS, available from Activision! But Zorks II & III must have been zipped with one of those fancy new GUI zippers, because they wouldn't selfextract under DOS or Windows 3.11, even though they are DOS programs. (I had to unzip under Windows 95 to play them in DOS; that's just not right.) But they're kind of hard to find there (though it's theoretically easier since they added a search function) and as of 8 March 2001 the download links were broken. A better place to look was The Zork UnderGround Academy, which also had walkthroughs for all the Zork games, and other info as well, but it got trashed by a "server outage" and restoration was not possible. So I rezipped the games and have included a walkthrough or FAQ that I found for each one. When you unzip, be sure to restore the directory structure; Zorks 1 through 3 have a datafile in a data subdirectory, and by default want to save savefiles in a save subdirectory... and the datafile and the default savefile have the same filename!

ZorkZork IIZork IIIZork: The Undiscovered Underground

The first three can also be found at the downloads page.

Those and more can be found at The Zork Library.

IFWiki - The Interactive Fiction Wiki

News - for play - for development - faq!


001 Game Maker
ADRIFT - Adventure Development & Runner - Interactive Fiction Toolkit
ADRIFT - Adventure Development & Runner - Interactive Fiction Toolkit
Adventuron - Text Adventure Authoring In The Browser.
AGS - Adventure Game Studio
AGS Games
Aventuro - (esperanta) ( (Texel?)
Inform 7 (
Inform Programming Page (uk)
The Vile Zero Errors from Hell (inform)
AGT - Adventure Game Toolkit - community
Erasmatazz & Storytron - Interactive Storytelling Tools
Choice of Games - ChoiceScript
Quest - Create and play text adventure games.
Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories.
Wintermute Engine


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ADRIFTADRIFT - Adventure Development & Runner - Interactive Fiction Toolkit
Aventuro - En Esperanto ( (Texel?)
Infocom interpreters
Frotz - A Portable Z-machine Interpreter
Parchment - A web-based Z-machine interpreter

ADRIFTADRIFT - Adventure Development & Runner - Interactive Fiction Toolkit
Baf's Guide to the Interactive Fiction Archive


The Colossal Cave Adventure page
'Adventure' downloads

Bastard Operator From Hell

BOFH - Official Archive
Kindle editions


The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Play Colossal Cave!
Parchment in Action
Quest - Create and play text adventure games.


Infocom, The Master Storytellers


Adventureland (mirror)
Adventure International Memorial
Adventure Collective
Brass Lantern
Get Lamp - The text adventure documentary, homepage
Get Lamp - The text adventure documentary
Get Lamp - The text adventure documentary, Google Tech Talk, with subtitles
Glk: Interface Standard for Interactive Fiction
Glulx: 32-Bit Machine for IF
Humbug & Jacaranda Jim - Graham Cluley
IF games - Adam Cadre - Interaktive Belletristik
ifMUD : A MUD Forever Voyaging
Interactive Fiction Competition
letteratura interattiva (itala)
New Adventure Shell
PDD's Adventure Page
Santoonie Corporation
Scott Adams' Adventure game writer home page
The SPAG Page - old (very)
The SPAG Page - SPAG, the Society for the Promotion of Adventure Games
Twine - An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories
Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe
Zarfhome : Interactive fiction

A huge green fierce snake bars the way!

3 Januaro 1998 de Ailanto kreita, 30 Aprilo 2022 modifita.