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Cursor What are Text Adventures?

Text Adventures (now commonly referred to as Interactive Fiction) are a cross between reading a book and playing a game, where you control the main character. Rather than reading the story from start to finish, you interact with everything by typing commands at a prompt, discovering things as you go along. Well written games give you, the player, the impression that anything you type is understood by giving a sensible and meaningful response. Indeed, part of the fun of playing text adventure games is discovering responses to things you didn't expect to have been catered for.

Most text adventures follow the same basic rules - these include walking from location to location using compass directions (north, east, south-west etc). You can normally pick objects up, drop them, put them on things, talk to characters, push things and much more. This handy sheet for beginners explains many common commands used in games.


Cursor How do you create Text Adventure games?

There are several different systems for creating Text Adventures. All have their advantages and disadvantages. However, all of the alternatives require you to do some sort of programming.

ADRIFT is different by being a completely GUI driven application, designed to be intuitive and easy to use. ADRIFT also has a long standing reputation for being the easiest system to use for creating text adventures.

ADRIFT has a separate editor for each item you want to add to your game. The editors are intuitive, and simply require you to fill in the descriptions, and make choices from dropdown menus.


Cursor About ADRIFT Developer

ADRIFT Developer is a Windows application that allows you to create complex text adventure games quickly and easily. It allows you to concentrate on the story by making everything else easy, such as having all options available in dropdown lists, rather than you having to spend a lot of time just trying to figure out how to code the game. Games in ADRIFT are created by adding locations, objects, characters and tasks. These can be organised into folders, allowing you to group things together in a logical manner.

ADRIFT Developer

ADRIFT 5 Developer is free. However, if you enjoy the software and use it regularly you are encouraged to make a donation to support it's ongoing development.


Cursor About ADRIFT Runner

ADRIFT Runner is the application used to play ADRIFT games. It currently runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and within Web browsers, effectively allowing ADRIFT games to run on any platform. Runner has a built in map, which follows the player's movements within the game, showing you everywhere you have been. The map is 3D and can be rotated to allow different view points.

ADRIFT Runner

ADRIFT Runner is free.

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