Friday, 6 July 2012

Interactive Fiction / Text Adventures



You are at the beginning of this article. To continue reading:

> MOVE EYEBALLS RIGHT

You reach the end of an exciting sentence and feel curious to learn more.

> MOVE EYEBALLS DOWN

You drop down to the next line and keep reading - you're really in the groove now. Yes, Friday's Footprint is broadening its shores with some new work in interactive fiction, otherwise known as text adventures.

Years 7 and 8 have been busy over the last couple of weeks. Here are some highlights:

Inklewriter:

* Jude Wegerer's 'Decisions, Decisions' - click here.
Take on the role of a cat burglar on mission...


* Michael O'Malley and Jack Alves' 'My End'- click here.
Survive a battle in another dimension...

* Prophet's 'Infiltration' - click here.
Infiltrate the enemy base and escape...

Inform 7:


* Alexander Mann's 'Survival' - click here.
Survive the beginning of a zombie apocalypse...

* Hamish McMahon's 'The Barren Lands' - click here.
Find the magical items and defeat the 'Destructunon'...

* Ben Fletcher and Cameron Duckworth's 'The Asylum' - click here.
Stay alive in the fiendish world of the Asylum...


There are some great programs out there to help you to build your own stories, some of which are quite new. Inklewriter is a great web client for creating choice-based stories; meanwhile, Inform 7 is a unique programming language which lets you write in natural language. It's been around a few years; however, PlayFic is a new web-based server which allows writers to share these fully interactive stories to the world at large - check it out!


Have fun!