What are the all time best text adventures?

#1 Posted by Daveyo520 (7379 posts) -

 I feel like playing some old text adventure games but I don't really know what the classics are and would like to see if you guys can list any. I know of Zork, but i have never actually played it and will be getting around to fixing that. Any recommendations or a definitive list would be nice.

#2 Posted by me3639 (2006 posts) -

Just google Infocom games. that should give you a pretty good list. I played, or at least tried, all the Zork titles, Hitcher's Guide, and Planetfall. All are free to DL if im not mistaken.

#3 Posted by Daveyo520 (7379 posts) -
@me3639: Thank you.
#4 Posted by LOTR_Dan (88 posts) -

Oh man, Zork is ROUGH to get into. While revolutionary, it is far from the best text adventure.

The Douglas Adam written "Bureaucracy" and "Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy" are solid choices, and damn funny. "Luring Horror" is quite good, one of the first real horror games.

#5 Posted by wewantsthering (1652 posts) -

@LOTR_Dan: I think you mean "Lurking Horror". :-)

#7 Posted by Sinusoidal (2352 posts) -

Crap. You people just ate up all my free time for the next three weeks.

#8 Posted by CornBREDX (6751 posts) -

Hey necro thread.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is cool, but it's really hard. I always liked the Alice in Wonderland ones (there's a couple- one has pictures, the other doesn't), and The Mist is really good too. They're all really unforgiving games, though. I think the Alice in Wonderland ones (at least one of them ) has a timer. It's kind of nuts- even for the 80s and 90s when I originally played them.

#9 Edited by duke_of_the_bump (91 posts) -

I recommend Photopia

Edit: Dang it, what's with all the new posters bumping 3-year-old threads? Why, it's almost like they're spamming their crappy wordpress sites or something.

Oh well. Recommendation of Photopia still stands.

#10 Posted by fisk0 (5314 posts) -
#11 Edited by BradBrains (1535 posts) -

@me3639 said:

Just google Infocom games. that should give you a pretty good list. I played, or at least tried, all the Zork titles, Hitcher's Guide, and Planetfall. All are free to DL if im not mistaken.

there is a phone port too which is the perfect place for them.

#12 Posted by Belegorm (1021 posts) -

I really liked what I played of Zork, need to get back to that.

#13 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (3808 posts) -

I liked EAMON. What is Eamon? Eamon is the classic text adventuring series begun in the early 1980's by Don Brown who invented the gaming system for the Apple II. Numerous authors in the early 80s up until today have created hundred of adventures with settings and scenarios ranging from D&D through science fiction like Star Trek and Star Wars.

It was all classic text-adventure stuff like early ZORK, but all freely traded around by gamers in little plastic baggies with discsketts in them. EAMON is very simplistic it likely has about as much vocabulary as the first Zork game, but is some what more serious depending on who made the world. I think the Star Wars scenario, The Death Star by Donald Brown, was especially well made.

The fun thing about these 40 year old games is they are tough and eccentric in a way only early games were made.

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