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Wishbringer is a fantasy interactive fiction adventure game developed by Infocom in 1985 from an original idea by Brian Moriarty. Wishbringer can be enjoyed by 1 player from a text only perspective.
status: abandonware game abandonware
released: 1985
publisher: Infocom
developer: Infocom
designers: Brian Moriarty
keywords: fantasy, ascii, text only, magic, unusual box content

Collector's notes

The grey box release box contained:
- the book "The Legend of Wishbringer"
- a envelope and letter to be delivered to Ye Olde Magick Shoppe
- a postal zone map of Festeron and Antharia
- a plastic glow-in-the-dark stone of Wishbringer


Wishbringer news

09.04.2014 - Wishbringer added to the retro collection
Here it is, in all its glory, the original Wishbringer, recently acquired on eBay. As a casual collector, I find the old Infocom Adventures to be the most rewarding experience when it comes to browsing the contents.
Wishbringer comes with:
- a book
- a envelope and letter
- a map
- a plastic stone

Technical details

system: DOS
view: text only
multiplayer: single player only
input: key keyboard
distribution: floppy3 3,5 floppy disk, floppy5 5,25 floppy disk
graphics: 80 columns text
popularity: 1929 page views

Facts and trivia

In aiming the game at a younger audience, Infocom diffused the game's sense of danger with many humorous elements, such as Mr. Crisp's impatience at the beginning ("Take the stupid envelope and scram, chowderbrain!") and the "Boot Patrol" that enforces the curfew in the town, consisting of disembodied gigantic army boots. Other whimsical touches include a small mailbox that lovingly follows the player around and a fridge found in a grue's lair, where the internal light goes out when the door is opened.

Included in the Wishbringer package are several items, which Infocom called feelies:
- A book, The Legend of Wishbringer, that explains how the magic stone came to be (in the Solid Gold release, an in-game object included in the player's starting inventory instead of the packaging)
- The envelope and letter to be delivered to Ye Olde Magick Shoppe
- A "postal zone map" of Festeron
- A plastic glow-in-the-dark replica of the stone

The fictional town of Festeron is, according to the game's documentation, in Antharia, a region connected to the Zork series of games. Wishbringer can be seen as loosely connected to the Zork series.

Infocom gave Wishbringer a difficulty rating of "Introductory".

Craig Shaw Gardner novelized Wishbringer in the Infocom Book line.

Facts and trivia and collector's notes texts are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. These texts use material from this Wikipedia article.