Play One Of The Most Famous Adventure Games Online

In the days before photorealistic graphics, multi-terabyte hard disks and seemingly endless access to RAM, programmers had to come up with games that were innovative and challenging rather than merely beautiful.  In the 1990s, one of the best-known was a text adventure game called Zork.  No panning and zooming around video-quality worlds here - everything needed to be firmly installed in your imagination.

If you yearn for those days, or just want to see what they were like, there's a version of Zork running in a form that you can play online for free in your web browser.  It's still all text-based, and it'll certainly make you think.  About how to explore the online world it creates, and just how far technology has come.

See http://thcnet.net/zork/index.php to start playing.

 

 

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by stretcharm on 20. December 2013 - 0:10  (113049)

You probably know already, but for those that don't you can play the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game_nolan.shtml

by sicknero on 20. December 2013 - 12:54  (113065)

What a great find! Thanks for sharing :-)

I played this a bit in an emulator but it never ran very well.

by Jorpho on 18. December 2013 - 17:41  (113034)

I might question the legality of this, considering the game is technically owned by Activision and available for purchase from Good Old Games, but I doubt it particularly matters much.

The original Zork is an interesting curiosity, but it's a little bit too obtuse nowadays. What would possibly inspire you to start putting treasures in the trophy case, for instance?

For something of greater interest along similar lines that is totally legit, I suggest the BBC version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure, written in part by Douglas Adams himself.

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