Interactive fiction

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Interactive fiction is a video game genre similar to Choose Your Own Adventure books.[1] A game plays somewhat like a book in which the player types commands telling the protagonist what to do and commonly involve puzzles.[2]

List of Interactive fiction games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre interactive fiction games:



Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
QTads Lookaroundthecorner.png 2021-09-25
QTads
Lookaroundthecorner.png
Look Around the Corner in QTads
Latest release3.2.0  (Announcement)
Release dateSeptember 25th, 2021
Code licenseGPLv3+[3]
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QTads is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.
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Archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg Arch AUR: qtads

QTads is a TADS interpreter for Linux, Mac & Windows. It is used to play interactive fiction games, also sometimes called "adventure games". This genre is a textual precursor to the graphical adventure games which most players today call adventure games. Refer to the TADS article for more details.

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Look Around the Corner Lookaroundthecorner.png 2014-06-12 Interactive fiction, Escape room
Look Around the Corner
Lookaroundthecorner.png
Look Around the Corner in QTads v. 3
GenreInteractive fiction, Escape room
Latest release5
Release dateJune 12th, 2014
Code licenseAGPL v3+[4]
EngineTADS
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Look Around the Corner is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Look Around the Corner is a short and simple escape room puzzle game. In order to play it you will need a TADS interpreter such as QTads or alternatively you can play online by using the web interface at tads.org[5].

Adventure Adventure.png 2017-05-15 Text, Adventure
Adventure
Adventure.png
Adventure
GenreText, Adventure
Latest release2.5  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 15th, 2017
DeveloperWilliam Crowther, Don Woods; C port by Jim Gilloghy
Code license 2-Clause BSD License[6]
P. languageC
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Adventure is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Adventure, aka Colossal Cave Adventure or just Colossal Caves[7], is a text-based adventure game written by William Crowther and Don Woods. The game is licensed under the 2-Clause BSD License. It did not originally include any license information except a rights reservation by Don Woods as it predates modern conventions on software licensing, however in 2017 Eric S. Raymond received permission from Woods that the game may be released under that license.[6] This applies to version 2.5, which was first released in 1995.[8]

Adventure was the very first[9][10][11] interactive fiction game. In fact adventure games were named after it.[12]

Open Adventure no image 2022-04-14 Interactive fiction
Open Adventure
GenreInteractive fiction
Latest release1.11  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 14th, 2022
DeveloperWilliam Crowther, Don Woods, Eric S. Raymond, Jason Ninneman
Code license2-Clause BSD[13]
Media licenseNot applicable
EngineCustom
P. languageC
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Open Adventure is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Open Adventure is a port of Adventure 2.5 to modern C. It is being developed by Eric S. Raymond after Don Woods gave permission for the original to be released under a BSD license.[14] It is meant to maintain the intended gameplay of the original 2.5 (also known as 430-point Adventure) as closely as possible while fixing bugs and modernizing source code, as well as supporting more recent conventions in interactive fiction command syntax.[15]

Storm Over London Stormoverlondon.png 2015-04-02 Interactive fiction
Storm Over London
Stormoverlondon.png
Running in a browser
GenreInteractive fiction
Latest release2  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 2nd, 2015
PlatformsLinux, Windows, Mac, Haiku

, DOS

, Browser
DeveloperJuhana Leinonen
Code licenseMIT[16]
Media licenseNot applicable
EngineHugo
P. languageHugo
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Storm Over London is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Storm Over London is an interactive fiction game written in Hugo. While Hugo compilers and interpreters are non-free[17], the game itself is under an MIT license.[16]

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