In Adventure games (also referred to as interactive fiction), the player enters a game world and the story's progression follows from the player's interaction with that world. Progress toward the goal is usually impeded by intellectual problems to solve using resources within the game world. The term adventure game derives from Crowther and Woods's "Adventure", the computer game that invented the genre. This category includes classic text adventures (like the original Zork trilogy), and graphical adventure games (like Myst). Interactive movies like Dragon's Lair lack the intellectual problem solving of adventure games, but may be listed here for want of a better category. Games in the cinematic adventure genre, such as Tomb Raider, are not necessarily adventure games in the sense used here. Nor are collections of puzzles on a similar theme, like Jewels of the Oracle, though they may be marketed as adventure games because puzzle games appeal to the same audience. The best RPGs (roleplaying games) share the plot-driven character of interactive fiction, though interaction with the game world is often limited to combat and static conversations rather than intellectual problem solving. They are listed under Genres/Roleplaying.
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A categorized list of adventure games produced over the years, broken down by company. Also lists game systems, Interpreters and emulators.
Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, The
The free interactive fiction competition judged by readers of rec.arts.int-fiction.
News, articles, and interviews about adventure games, edited by Steven Granade.
Site discusses many cyberpunk games (or heavily influence by cyberpunk) including various text and graphic adventure games from 1984 to 2003.
Includes PC game walkthroughs, hints and cheats, discussion forums, list of game publishers and official sites, game reviews and previews.
The Great IF Toaster Contest
Make an interactive fiction game using any development system to create a toaster. The toaster should have a lever on it and a slide or dial to set the darkness to.
Program for Windows 95/NT for drawing and printing maps of interactive fiction games.
How Adventure Games Age
While graphic adventure games tend to look very dated very quickly, text adventures still seem fresh a decade after they were written. By Stephen Granade.
Hosting service and search engine specialising in interactive fiction.
Interactive Fiction Page
Outdated collection of links maintained by Scott Neal Reilly
Magnus' Interactive Fiction Page
Links to other interactive fiction sites plus downloads of a few games.
Mystery Manor Adventure
Walkthrough, hints, developers, screen shots, forums and general information on a variety of games and their developers.
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