Last week at work I regaled my developers with tales of my text adventure days. I obsessively played such classics as Zork at primary school and BASIC programming summer camp. I also enjoyed decidedly more obscure fare such as Bedlam, Raaka-Tu, Pyramid 2000, and Dallas Quest (on a floppy rather than a cassette tape!!) for my TRS-80 Colour Computer at home.
Half of my developers had no idea what I meant by “text adventure game”, but I was cheered by one colleague in his early 20’s who had written a simple adventure for fun. In 1990 I also wrote a little text adventure and still have a faded inkjet hard copy of the code hidden in a box of memorabilia somewhere.
The following day I was delighted to come across the Colossal Cue Adventure on Hacker News. It’s a programming-oriented homage to the text adventure games of yore. Very amusing, indeed.