Adventure in text mode

My first computer was a Commodore 64, that was one of the most popular home computers in the 1980's. I used the computer mostly for games and learning to code, first in BASIC and later in 6510 assembler. As the screen resolution for multicolored graphics was only 160x200, I often played text mode adventure games. To be honest, the 40x25 text mode screen was not very pleasant, either.

Text mode adventure games were a popular genre in the 1980's but nowadays it seems a dead genre. The young people are more accustomed to playing 3d adventures than trying to guess the right verb to use in a two-word sentence to command the hero to some simple action. The early adventures used only literary descriptions of places and problems encountered had to be solved by giving commands like take bottle, enter building, use key, open door etc.


If you are ready to go back in time to the 1970's and 1980's, you might like to try the adventure. In Ubuntu, it is provided by the package bsdgames.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Text adventures are not dead -- they're just called "interactive fiction", and they've come a LONG way since the early days. You can even write your own with great free tools -- Check out Inform 7 at http://www.inform-fiction.org.

Mikko said...

Cool! Thanks for the link!

Red and White said...

How do I do I boot the games? I've installed from the repo in Ibex but nothing appears on my menu and in file search mode I go to usr/share/games etc. with hidden files shown but I can't see any executables. What is the actual name of the text game anyway?
Greg

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked the link. If you're just into playing and not writing, I'd recommend checking out Baf's Guide (http://www.wurb.com/if/) and the relatively new IFDB (http://ifdb.tads.org/).

Mikko said...

Redandwhite: with the command adventure in a terminal window -- the game is called adventure :-)

Red and White said...

Ah OK I've got it now. Keep up the good work Mikko. I'm lovin' these blogs of yours.

cheap computers said...

Its quite interesting!

gyllenbuste said...

You should also consider the programs "frotz" or "jzip" for adventure games. A lot of free games can be found here: http://www.ifarchive.org/

Even the old Infocom games can be played. You just need the story.dat file. Zork is free and available from here: http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/downloads.html

gyllenbuste said...

You should also consider the programs "frotz" or "jzip" for adventure games. A lot of free games can be found here: http://www.ifarchive.org/

Even the old Infocom games can be played. You just need the story.dat file. Zork is free and available from here: http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/downloads.html