Posts Tagged ‘if’

Alice in Wonderland


Alice in Wonderland is a text adventure by Robin Johnson from 1989. I tried to find more info on this Robin Johnson, and failed. It’s not the actress, at least I assume as much. Strangely enough, there’s an IF author with the same name, but it’s not him either. Oh well. I can understand the author not wanting to get known too well. So, the game. You play Alice on her discovery in Wonderland. You know, as in the book. Except, instead of having strange conversations with cats, rabbits and hatters you just die a lot. Hooray for deaths in text adventures.

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Hello people! Sorry for dropping out on you. University has started again and it’s eating a lot of my time. I’m not promising to get up to schedule just yet, but perhaps clearing a few games will get me in the mood again. Let’s go.

Adventure (AKA Colossal Cave Adventure) is the famous first interactive fiction game ever written. Due to the game being open sourced from the start (although it predates the current understanding of the term “open source”), there are many versions of it to be found. The version I have is the rather uncommon 551 points version, classified by Rick Adams as Adventure 6. Different versions come with somewhat different puzzles and because I really, really suck at solving puzzles (and because there seems to be no walkthrough available for this version anywhere) I will review Graham Nelson’s Z-code port of the well-known Woods’ 350 points version. I choose this version because it comes with Twisty on the Android platform – nothing more fun than playing IF on your cell phone when on the train.

At End Of Road
You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.


Adventure Writer


For those following the list, I’ve skipped War of the Lance and Adventure for now because I need considerably more time to work through them. Because I don’t want to keep postponing them there might be a few days without posts in the following weeks, depending on how my days work out. We’ll see.

Adventure Writer is an interactive fiction authoring tool written by Graeme Yeandle and released in 1983. It is better known as The Quill. The version I have absolutely refuses to work. However, read on…

That's as far as it goes

That's as far as it goes