Newcastle, UK

Member since June 27, 2010
Last visited December 4, 2019
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I love adventure games.

I kind of dislike the term Interactive Fiction though and prefer to call the games "text adventures", free of any pretension or of attempts to differentiate story elements and puzzle elements within games.

The first game I played was "L" on the BBC Micro at my Primary School Computer Club, and I was completely hooked. Then my Spectrum 48k played host to such titles as The Hobbit, Scott Adams/Brian Howarth's games, especially Gremlins, and John Wilson's excellent Zenobi titles which kind of concluded at the Spectrum's demise. Continued with public domain Amiga text adventure titles at the same time as I became enthralled by point-and-click adventures such as Operation Stealth, the amazing KGB, the LucasArts games, etc. I think of the two genres as different flavours rather than as competitive formats. Presently enjoying working through various titles on my Android, especially the Infocom classics, and grabbing new games on Steam at exponential rates.

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Lost Pig, by Admiral Jota   January 24, 2012
"Having seen this game mentioned in Jason Scott's documentary Get Lamp, and as it had been hanging around my hard drive I considered it..." - See the full review

Blackbeard's Island, by Greg Miller   January 20, 2011
"Most people will find this early (1984) Dragon game highly exasperating. It is the only adventure game the author wrote (he did write..." - See the full review

Shenanigans, by Bob Withers & Steven O'Dea   January 20, 2011
"A couple of years on from The Black Sanctum Bob Withers and Steve O'Dea released a game called Shenanigans (1983). You start off, as..." - See the full review

The Black Sanctum, by Stephen O'Dea & Bob Withers   January 17, 2011
"When seeing the year of game release I was very surprised - 1981. What was also surprising was how playable this game is. The game was..." - See the full review

The Dreamhold, by Andrew Plotkin   January 17, 2011
"Andrew Plotkin's Dreamhold (2004) was apparently written as a tutorial, a game I decided to play using Hunky Punk, an interpreter for z5..." - See the full review

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Eat Me, by Chandler Groover
Magnetic Moon [8-bit versions], by Larry Horsfield
Will Not Let Me Go, by Stephen Granade
1958: Dancing With Fear, by Victor Ojuel
Mountains of Ket, by R. A. McCormack

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