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The most popular interactive fiction games

Interactive fiction games (or text adventures) are adventure games in which the player gives textual commands in order to act within the given story. The story itself is told both using text and static pictures or with no graphics of any kind, just text. The genre's stepping stones are Adventure (developed in 1975) and the Zork series. Infocom, Legend Entertainment and Magnetic scrolls were some of the most popular interactive fiction developers of the 80s.

Most popular interactive fiction games


Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

DOS19824.2/5 Infocom
Zork is one of the most popular text-adventures and one of the first interactive fiction games ever created. The first Zork was developed in the seventies and ported on various platform by Infocom in the early 80s. Infocom was one of the most prolific developers of text-adventures for home computers and created memorable interactive fiction ga...

Rendezvous with Rama

DOS19853.7/5 Telarium
Rendezvous with Rama is an interactive fiction (text adventure) game released in 1984. Telarium, a subsidiary of Spinnaker Software, was known for producing narrative-driven games based on popular literary works. This adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel is one of the earlier attempts to translate a science fiction classic into an interactive for...

The Hobbit

DOS19834/5 Beam Software

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

DOSMac OS1984freeware4.2/5 Infocom
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a humorous free text adventure game based on the novel of the same name written by Douglas Adams (if you never read it, shame on you!). The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was designed by Douglas Adams himself and interactive fiction god Steve Eric Meretzky, it was released by Infocom in 1984 for DOS and for...

A Night with Troi


Frederik Pohl's Gateway

DOS19924.1/5 Legend Entertainment
Frederik Pohl's Gateway is one of the best abandoned adventures games from Legend Entertainment. Gateway is an interactive fiction with graphics and an improved interface (unusual for IFs), based on the Frederik Pohl's novel Gateway. Tt was designed by Michael Verdu and Glen R. Dahlgren and published by Legend Entertainment in 1992.


DOS19834.2/5 Infocom

Softporn Adventure

DOS1981freewareNSFW4/5 Sierra On-Line

Sex Vixens from Space

DOS1989NSFW4/5 Free Spirit Software

James Clavell's Shogun

DOS19894.3/5 Infocom
James Clavell's Shogun, a text adventure game developed by Infocom and released in 1989. Infocom was known for its interactive fiction games, and "James Clavell's Shogun" was one of its later releases.This text adventure game is based on James Clavell's novel "Shogun" and follows the story of John Blackthorne, an English navigator who becomes invol...

The Crack of Doom

DOS19893.7/5 Beam Software

Gateway 2: Homeworld

DOS1993protected3.9/5 Legend Entertainment

Circuit's Edge

DOS19904.1/5 Westwood Studios
Circuit's Edge is a cyberpunk-themed role-playing game developed by Westwood Associates and published by Infocom. It was released in 1990 for various platforms including DOS, Amiga, and Commodore 64.Set in a dystopian future, Circuit's Edge takes place in the fictional city of Rhoes Island, a dark and gritty urban landscape filled with crime, corru...

20000 Leagues under the sea

DOS19883.8/5 Coktel Vision

Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man

DOS19864.1/5 Adventure International
Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man is an abandoned text-based adventure game designed by Scott Adams, developed and released by Adventure International in 1986 for DOS but was also published for Acorn Electron, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32, ZX Spectrum, MSX. Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man is part of the Questprobe game series, the ...


DOS19864/5 Cognetics corporation

Spellcasting 301: Spring Break

DOS1992protected4.1/5 Legend Entertainment

Forbidden Quest

DOS19833.8/5 Pryority software

1893: A World's Fair Mystery

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS20033.8/5
1893: A World's Fair Mystery is an interactive fiction game developed by the American studio Illuminated Lantern and released in 2002. Set during the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the game combines historical fiction with mystery-solving gameplay.In 1893: A World's Fair Mystery, players take on the role of a detective investigating ...


DOS19884/5 Magnetic Scrolls

The Fellowship of the Ring

DOS19864.1/5 Beam Software

Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line

Rambo First Blood Part 2

DOS19854.1/5 Angelsoft

James Bond 007: Goldfinger

DOS19864.1/5 Angelsoft

Castle Adventure


The mist

DOS19854/5 Angelsoft

Star Trek: First Contact

DOS19883.6/5 Simon & Schuster Interactive

Kingdom Without End