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Top Ten Text Based Games

The ​Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy​
The ​Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy​

A special note for people who have read the book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Although the opening of the game is fairly similar to the book, the story quickly diverges, with lots of new material and different twists.

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Colossal ​Cave Adventure​
Colossal ​Cave Adventure​

Colossal Cave Adventure is the first known work of interactive fiction and, as the first text adventure game, is considered the precursor for the adventure game genre. Colossal Cave Adventure also contributed towards the role playing and roguelike genres.

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Spider and ​Web​
Spider and ​Web​

Spider and Web is a text-based game from 1998 from the same creator behind The Dreamhold. This adventure has you play as a spy who was captured when masquerading as a tourist. You gradually figure out what’s going on at the same time your character does.

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Zork: The ​Great Underground Empire​
Zork: The ​Great Underground Empire​

Zork: The Great Underground Empire is a classic text adventure game. The player begins as an “adventurer” standing near a white house in a nice forest, but soon descends into the Great Underground Empire, where most of the game takes place. The player’s quest is to collect the Nineteen Treasures of Zork.

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A Mind ​Forever Voyaging​
A Mind ​Forever Voyaging​

A deep and thought-provoking science fiction novel in its own right, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Steve Meretzky's classic text-based adventure continues to engross any new player who happens to come across it. Unfortunately it gained a poor reception after its initial release, but it has since come to be recognized as the text-based game, and has risen to legendary status.

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Cypher​
Cypher​

The following list of text-based games is not to be considered an authoritative, comprehensive listing of all such games; rather, it is intended to represent a wide range of game styles and genres presented using the text mode display and their evolution across a long period.

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Stationfall​
Stationfall​

Stationfall is an interactive fiction computer game written by Steve Meretzky and released by Infocom in 1987. Like the majority of Infocom's works, it was released simultaneously for several popular computer platforms of the time, such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, and PC.

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Lost Pig​
Lost Pig​

Interactive fiction (IF) games do still exist and there are plenty of options available online. So, whether you are a current fan of the genre or simply intrigued by it, here is a terrific list of online, text-based fiction games for you to check out. Lost Pig And Place Under Ground by Grunk. Pig lost! Boss say that it Grunk fault.

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Fallen ​London​
Fallen ​London​

Explore the immersive and darkly delightful world of Fallen London in a free, browser-based, literary RPG of sorts. As much for those who love to read as those who love to play, experience a unique narrative that evolves with every choice you make. Define your destiny through the stories you embark on and the character you cultivate.

Adventureland​
Adventureland​

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SanctuaryRPG​
SanctuaryRPG​

The following list of text-based games is not to be considered an authoritative, comprehensive listing of all such games; rather, it is intended to represent a wide range of game styles and genres presented using the text mode display and their evolution across a long period.

Planetfall​
Planetfall​

Planetfall is an Infocom text-based adventure game, written by Steve Meretzky. As with other Infocom text adventure games, there are no graphics - the user inputs simple commands to navigate through the story.

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Digital: A ​Love Story​
Digital: A ​Love Story​

Digital a Love Story is an Exciting Visual Novel, and Single-player video game developed by Love Conquers All Games for multiple platforms. The game takes place in the historical year in 1988 and offers five minutes gameplay. The story revolves around the online relationship of the protagonist with a girl and their struggle to solve the mysteries surrounding the death of different AI ...

Suveh Nux​
Suveh Nux​

Suveh Nux is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2007 by David Fisher. It was entered in the 2007 One Room Game Competition a.k.a. ORGC 2007 where it won 1st place.

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Classic Text ​Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom​
Classic Text ​Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom​

"Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom is a collection of 33 computer games from interactive fiction pioneer Infocom, and the top 6 winners of the 1995 Interactive Fiction Competition, released in 1996. It was available as a single cross-platform CD-ROM, which included PDFs of all the Infocom games' instructions, maps, and hint booklets.

Curses​
Curses​

Using curses, programmers are able to write text-based applications without writing directly for any specific terminal type. The curses library on the executing system sends the correct control characters based on the terminal type. It provides an abstraction of one or more windows that maps onto the terminal screen.

Photopia​
Photopia​

—necessarygames.com "I don't think any other work of art has ever affected me to the extent that Photopia has ... "Photopia is important to video games ...

Torn City​
Torn City​

Torn City is one of the largest text based RPG's online with tens of thousands of active daily players. Like most indie MMORPGs, Torn City is deep and constantly evolving with feature rich updates, so there's always something new to discover. This is what sets Torn City aside from other text-based RPG / PBBG.

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Trinity​
Trinity​

Trinity is a game from the times where text adventures where a thing and where the player can get most of its joy from using their imagination. And this game is definitely worth the attention and time to play it. Since its text-based, most of its value will have to come from its writing, and this is definitely where this game delivers.

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A Way Out​
A Way Out​

A text game or text-based game is a video game that uses text characters instead of bitmap or vector graphics. Text-based games were a popular form of interactive fiction in the 1980s.

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Device 6​
Device 6​

Device 6 (stylized as DEVICE 6) is a text-based adventure game developed by Swedish game developer Simogo for iOS. The game uses text, images and sounds to guide the player through a set of puzzles, which the in-game protagonist, Anna, needs to solve to escape from an unknown island.

Slouching ​Towards Bedlam​
Slouching ​Towards Bedlam​

Slouching Towards Bedlam is one of the greatest games because of its original work on the writing and language aspects, never so deeply integrated with the meaning of the whole background. And thinking about a medium based on language, I said to myself: at last, what a great deed of creativity. Bow to Bedlam.

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City of Secrets​
City of Secrets​

In a city based on both high technology and magic, trains and robots and illusions, an innocent traveller gets swept into the center of a clandestine power-struggle which will forever change the city and how it is seen.

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1893: A ​World's Fair Mystery​
1893: A ​World's Fair Mystery​

1893: A World's Fair Mystery now available. Illuminated Lantern announces that its text-based adventure game involving theft, kidnapping, and murder is now available.

source: gamespot.com
Ghost in the ​Sheet​
Ghost in the ​Sheet​

Ghost in the Sheet is an adventure video game developed by Cardboard Box Entertaintment in 2007. It is a First-person Point-and-click adventure game. The game was released in Germany as S.C.A.R.E.

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Blade Runner​
Blade Runner​

“You are Ray McCoy, a rookie Blade Runner,” onscreen text tells us as the game begins. “Usually, you’re assigned to false leads and public complaints.

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The Pawn​
The Pawn​

Luckily there's a way to get rid of that guy, but this was the only text based computer game where I saw this feature. Apart from the impressive parser, and a few novel ideas supported by graphics, the game also has a good plot line, where you'll meet some interesting characters on the way.

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Seastalker​
Seastalker​

Seastalker is an interactive fiction computer game designed by Stu Galley and Jim Lawrence and published by Infocom in 1984. Like most of Infocom's works, it was released simultaneously for several popular computer platforms of the time, such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, and IBM PC. The game was marketed as an introduction to interactive fiction for preteen players. It is Infocom's twelfth game. Galley and Lawrence later wrote Moonmist for Infocom.

Deep Sleep​
Deep Sleep​

Deep Sleep is a horror point and click game where you wake up inside a dream and try to get out. This is so called lucid dreaming when you are actually aware of being inside a dream. Nightmares within are heads scare us regardless they are true or fictional. Two things are guarantee about this game: you will like it , and the second one - it will give you creepy chills all the time. Just like ...

I Have No ​Mouth, and I Must Scream​
I Have No ​Mouth, and I Must Scream​

Based on Harlan Ellison’s short story “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”, one of the ten most reprinted stories in the English language ; Full digitized speech with over 40 different characters and state of the art animation ; Harlan Ellison as the voice of the insane master computer, AM.

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Terraria​
Terraria​

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Analogue: A ​Hate Story​
Analogue: A ​Hate Story​

Analogue: A Hate Story is a visual novel featuring semi-static manga-style character images, and focused on reading text logs. Using the mouse and keyboard, the player interacts with the Mugunghwa ' s main computer to read log entries, communicate with the AIs, and occasionally enter commands directly into the vessel's computer system.

The Hobbit​
The Hobbit​

bad game!!!! THis game is awful it is nothing like the real thing I have seen the cartoon five times and it is poor compared to the cartoon. But I am goningto give it a good rating Just so you'll play it and see how dumb it is.

A Case of ​Distrust​
A Case of ​Distrust​

A Case of Distrust comes as the latest attempt to systemise this genre into the gaming medium, and, by focusing on a strong narrative backed by complex characters, does a whole lot of things right. As opposed to cinematic detective games like LA Noire, A Case of Distrust feels much more indebted to the written word.

Savoir-Faire​
Savoir-Faire​

A text game or text-based game is a video game that uses text characters instead of bitmap or vector graphics. Text-based games were a popular form of interactive fiction in the 1980s.

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Losing Your ​Grip​
Losing Your ​Grip​

IFDB is a game catalog and recommendation engine for Interactive Fiction, also known as Text Adventures. IFDB is a collaborative, wiki-style community project. Members can contribute game listings, reviews, recommendations, and more.

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Violet​
Violet​

The first two hours of the game (about how long it took me to solve the first two puzzles) were probably the best two hours, which explains why it was able to win the IFComp, considering the competition is solely based on the first two hours of play.

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Shade​
Shade​

The following list of text-based games is not to be considered an authoritative, comprehensive listing of all such games; rather, it is intended to represent a wide range of game styles and genres presented using the text mode display and their evolution across a long period.

Days Gone​
Days Gone​

Days Gone went into full production in January 2015. The game is in development using Unreal Engine 4. John Garvin is the creative director and writer of the game, and Jeff Ross is the game director.

Ladykiller in a ​Bind​
Ladykiller in a ​Bind​

Ladykiller in a Bind is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The game was initially only distributed through Humble Store and was unavailable on Steam due to that platform's policy against "too much" sexual content in games.

Mario + ​Rabbids Kingdom Battle​
Mario + ​Rabbids Kingdom Battle​

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical role-playing video game developed and published by Ubisoft for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a crossover of Nintendo's Mario and Ubisoft's Raving Rabbids franchises, and features both single and cooperative gameplay.

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FAR: Lone ​Sails​
FAR: Lone ​Sails​

FAR: Lone Sails is a vehicle adventure game. ... Audio and text: English. Text only: العربية, Português do Brasil, 中文, Deutsch, español, ...

source: gog.com
Sorcery!​
Sorcery!​

Top rated rpg text adventure games and interactive fiction, as voted by users

The Realm ​Online​
The Realm ​Online​

The Realm Online, originally known simply as The Realm, was the first internet MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) for playable public release and the second to release a full retail game edition.

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