The game runs in the BASIC of the C64, Vic 20 +16k, Apple II, TRS-80, BBC, Electron, 48K Spectrum and ZX81 computers. Some or all of these versions of the game may be found online in respective disk archives.
Original BASIC version and Ruby Port
Defaults - All Systems Application
Lua port
By Marc Lepage.
Scratch port
By Marc Lepage.
Compiled Z-code of John Elliott's Inform adaptation
"It takes a somewhat looser approach than the other ports [...]; instead of trying to replicate the exact structure and behaviour of the BASIC original, it takes full advantage of the Inform library and its support for doors, vehicles, containers, supporters and so on." (The text in particular is massively expanded.)
Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.

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Haunted House

by Jenny Tyler and Les Howarth

Treasure Hunt

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About the Story

The demonstration type-it-in-yourself BASIC game included in Usborne's 1983 "Write Your Own Adventure Programs For Your Microcomputer" book. The game is a 64 room treasure hunt with a two-word parser. A cut-down 36 room version was included for ZX81 users.

There is a Spanish translation called "La Casa Encantada".

Game Details

Language: English, Castilian (en, es)
Current Version: 1
License: Commercial (Out of Print)
Development System: Custom
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
IFID: Unknown
TUID: qkq7ic97rwzpqvzk

Translated to in Ukleti Dvorac, by Dejan Ristanović


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Type-in games by Fredrik
I can only guess that I was not the only one spending hours upon hours typing in those BASIC listings from magazines and books back in the 80s. And unavoidably learning the art of programming in the process. Not to mention gleaning...

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