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This site is an index and catalog of the text-based adventure games at the
Interactive Fiction Archive at ifarchive.org (formerly housed at GMD).
The Archive is the principal place
from which new text adventures are disseminated, but it's also a repository
for old games, enabling veteran players to take a nostalgic look at what they
played on their TRS-80's back in the late 1970's. The result is that,
although the if-archive contains many good games, it contains many more bad
games. Therefore, this site also contains capsule reviews of some games.
The reviews here are not the most comprehensive, nor are they meant to be.
My main aim has been to provide warnings about [mis]features that some
players will strongly object to, such as death without warning, puzzles
with nonsensical solutions, time-based puzzles, mazes, or being written in
GAGS. If I go into great detail about a game, it's probably a sign that it
impressed me greatly, for good or for ill.
I have provided links to the actual files, so you can download the games
without leaving this site. If you find the downloads to be slow or
unreliable, you are advised to try a different
The creator of this site is neither the creator nor the maintainer of
the Archive it indexes. The creator of the Archive is Volker Blasius,
and the current maintainers are
David Kinder and
Stephen Granade, who
cannot be thanked enough. Comments or questions relating to the Archive
or the files contained therein should be addressed to them, preferably
after reading the Archive's README file.
Comments or questions about this site and its reviews should be sent to
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, or to the author of the
review in question.
By "platform", I mean, roughly, the type of machine and operating
system needed to run a particular game. For example, if a particular
game says "Apple II executable", you'll need either an Apple II or
an Apple II emulator for your machine. There are links to emulators
under the Index by Platform. Please note that,
for the purposes of most of these games, Windows 95/98/2000 is equivalent to
Note that some platforms do not exist as physical machines. It is
common for text adventures to be available in "platform-independent"
formats that need some special program (usually called an "interpreter")
to run them. You can find these under the Index by Platform
as well. See
for details on how to download and play the games.
"Deep linking" is the practice of linking a web site to pages within
another (rather than, say, to a title page). Oddly enough, some
disapprove of this practice - largely, it seems, because it lets
people bypass whatever tunnel of advertisements they've set up.
But from pretty much all points of view other than the advertiser's,
deep linking is a Good Thing, and an essential part of what the Web
was intended by its creators to be. Feel free to link to any part
of this site. The URL's are designed to be stable and (if all goes
well) should survive any future technical redesign of the