The best classic and old school Text Adventure games

Zork: The Great Underground Empire

Zork: The Great Underground Empire

Zork is one of the earliest interactive fiction computer games, developed initially in 1977–1979, then released as a trilogy in the 1980s by Infocom for Apple II, Commodore 64, Macintosh, DOS and many other platforms.

Year: 1982 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2020-12-02Tags: fantasy freeware interactive fiction puzzle-solving text adventure text-only

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a text adventure by Infocom, based on the famous novel by Douglas Adams, a masterpiece of the comedy science fiction genre, written in 1979.

Year: 1986 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2021-09-25Tags: interactive fiction licensed novel science fiction text adventure

Frederik Pohl's Gateway

Frederik Pohl's Gateway

Frederik Pohl's Gateway is an interactive fiction with graphics created by Legend Entertainment and published in 1992 for MS-DOS. The game is based on the famous Frederik Pohl's sci-fi novels.

Year: 1992 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2020-12-02Tags: freeware interactive fiction puzzle-solving science fiction text adventure

Deadline

Deadline

Deadline is a text adventure published by Infocom in 1982. It was written by Marc Blank, one of the principal authors of Zork. The game was initially released for the Apple II, Atari 8-bit, and TRS-80.

Year: 1984 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2020-12-02Tags: detective interactive fiction mystery text adventure

James Clavell's Shogun

James Clavell's Shogun

James Clavell's Shogun is the computer game adaptation of the famous novel Shogun by James Clavell. The game was created by Infocom and released in 1989 for Amiga. Apple II, MS-DOS, and Macintosh.

Year: 1989 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2021-09-13Tags: interactive fiction japan licensed novel text adventure text with still pics

The Pawn

The Pawn

The Pawn is a text adventure created by Magnetic Scrolls initially for the Sinclair QL and published by Sinclair Research in 1985. The game wasn't very successful and one year late...

Year: 1986 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2021-02-21Tags: fantasy interactive fiction sinclair ql text adventure text with still pics

Starcross

Starcross

Starcross is an interactive fiction/text adventure published by Infocom initially in 1982. The story was written by Dave Lebling, one of the authors of Zork. As many Infocom games...

Year: 1982 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2020-12-02Tags: aliens interactive fiction mystery science fiction spaceship text adventure

Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels

Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels

Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels is an interactive fiction written by Bob Bates and released by Infocom for MS-DOS, Apple II, Commodore 64, Macintosh and Amiga in 1988. It...

Year: 1988 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2020-12-02Tags: detective interactive fiction mystery puzzle-solving text adventure

Transylvania

Transylvania

Transylvania is the first chapter of a series of horror graphic adventure games created by Antonio Antiochia and published by Penguin Software. This first game was released in 1982 for the Apple II, Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64.

Year: 1986 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2019-08-19Tags: horror interactive fiction text adventure text with still pics

Wonderland

Wonderland

Wonderland is a text adventure developed by Magnetic Scrolls and published by Virgin Mastertronic in 1990 for DOS. It was ported to the Amiga, Atari ST, and Acorn 32-Bit the following year.

Year: 1991 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2021-02-21Tags: fantasy interactive fiction puzzle-solving text adventure text with still pics

James Bond 007: A View to a Kill

James Bond 007: A View to a Kill

GamesNostalgia pays a small tribute to Sir Roger Moore with James Bond 007: A View to a Kill, an interactive fiction created by Angelsoft for Apple II, DOS and Macintosh and released in 1985.

Year: 1985 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2020-12-02Tags: detective interactive fiction movies mystery text adventure

Fish!

Fish!

Fish! is a text adventure created by the British game studio Magnetic Scrolls, published in 1988 for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS and other platforms by Rainbird. Wri...

Year: 1988 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2021-02-21Tags: comedy detective interactive fiction mystery text adventure

Zork III: The Dungeon Master

Zork III: The Dungeon Master

Zork III: The Dungeon Master is the third and final chapter of the Zork classic trilogy, and one of the most famous text adventures ever created. Published by Infocom, it was relea...

Year: 1982 Genre: Adventure Updated: 2019-10-22Tags: fantasy text adventure

Time Bandit

Time Bandit

Time Bandit is an action/adventure arcade written originally for the TRS-80 the ported in 1985 to Atari ST and Amiga by MichTron. The gameplay is similar to the popular Gauntlet, t...

Year: 1988 Genre: Arcade Updated: 2021-02-18Tags: arcade interactive fiction multiplayer science fiction split-screen text adventure