50 Years of Text Games

Aaron A. Reed
A deep dive into one text game per year each week of 2021, from The Oregon Trail to A.I. Dungeon.
Created 10 Dec 2020
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  • 2017: Universal Paperclips
    09 Dec 2021about 2 hours ago • 12 min read
    Universal Paperclips by Frank Lantz with Bennett Foddy and Hilary Lantz Released: Oct 9 2017 Language: JavaScript Platform: Web Opening Text: Paperclips: 0 [Make Paperclip] [Note: contains spoilers fo...
  • 2016: The Freshman
    02 Dec 2021 • 18 min read • 9 4
    The Freshman by Pixelberry writers including Wendy Briggs, Max Doty, Chelsa Lauderdale, Royal McGraw, Keyan Mohsenin, Maya Poulson, Saran Walker, Jennifer Young, and Rachel Zilberg Published by: Pixel...
  • 2015: Lifeline
    25 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 9 0
    Lifeline by Dave Justus Released: Apr 16, 2015 (App Store) Developer: 3 Minute Games Publisher: Big Fish Games Language: Objective C, Twine (authoring) Platform: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch Opening Text...
  • 2014: 80 Days
    18 Nov 2021 • 17 min read • 12 5
    80 Days by Inkle Script by Meghna Jayanth; directed by Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey First Published: July 31, 2014 (App Store) Language: Ink Launch Platform: iOS (iPad/iPhone) Opening Text: London, 1...
  • 2013: A Family Supper
    11 Nov 2021 • 22 min read • 7 4
    A Family Supper by Emily Short Released: February 14, 2013 (Linden Lab) Available Until: February 19, 2014 (withdrawn by publisher) Original Price: $4.99 Language: Praxis Platform: Versu (iPad) Openin...
  • 2012: Howling Dogs
    04 Nov 2021 • 15 min read • 6 2
    Howling Dogs by Porpentine Charity Heartscape Released: October 1, 2012 [IF Comp] Language: Twine Platform: Web Opening Text: A room of dark metal. Fluorescent lights embedded in the ceiling. Note: di...
  • 2011: Nested
    28 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 8 0
    Nested by Orteil (Julien Thiennot) First prototype: January 2011 First release: January 2012 Language: JavaScript Platform: Web Opening Text: + universe The site shows only a blank white page with a s...
  • 2010: Digital: A Love Story
    21 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 8 4
    Digital: A Love Story by Christine Love Released: February 28, 2010 Language: Ren'Py Platform: Windows/Mac/Linux Opening Text: Using Your New Modem Message from: Mr. Wong |Reply| Hey, Lucy...
  • 2009: Fallen London
    14 Oct 2021 • 17 min read • 11 5
    Fallen London released as Echo Bazaar by Failbetter Games Launched: October 23, 2009 Language: HTML/Javascript (client); React, Typescript, Javascript, NodeJS (2019 redesign) Platform: Web (StoryNexus...
  • 2008: Violet
    07 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 9 1
    Violet by Jeremy Freese Released: October 1, 2008 [IF Comp] Language: Inform 7 Platform: Z-machine Opening Text: Calm down. All you have to do is write a thousand words and everything will be fine. An...
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