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6. Playing with Text Adventures > Write Text Adventures with INFORM

Write Text Adventures with INFORM

Create your own journey through a land of words.

Text adventures (also known as interactive fiction) have been around for decades. While these are broad terms, they usually conjure thoughts of a large array of sectioned-off areas, each with its own unique description, items, and traversable paths. Without a vivid imagination and a keen eye for detail, forays into text-based worlds are brief, painful experiences.

Although it’s certainly possible to build a text adventure from scratch, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you’re looking to make a traditional “go north, look, get key"-style game. If that sounds good, then you have your pick of several tools. One of the best is INFORM, a powerful and highly customizable design system that consists of code libraries with prewritten commands and a game-writing language. To write games with INFORM, you’ll need to download the libraries and a compiler, available for all platforms at the INFORM homepage: http://www.inform-fiction.org/. You should also download the manual, since it will come in handy when you want to move beyond basic rooms and items.


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