Beginners Adventure

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rnhunt
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You may find a small Android utility I wrote useful. Ifmapper is hopefully an intuitive mapping tool you can use on your phone.

If you tell Android to allow to run in background you can even swap between it and adventure running in an emulator. I just finished playing The Wicker Woman like this, which BTW isn't a bad little adventure.

You can find it at https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... e.ifmapper
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PeterJ wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 3:57 pm
I like the way that Sherlock has a dictionary in the user guide. Is that normal?
It was more common in the earlier years... especially if, as in Sherlock, they wanted to show off the parser.

I'm always wary of any game that lists adverbs. :)
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8BitAG wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 3:28 pm
Joefish wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 3:16 pm
There is no way that is acceptable scripting! :x That's the most frustrating balls an adventure game can ever do to you! :lol:
I disagree. It's an acceptable compromise. It makes more sense when you are commanding another character through the interface but it's perfectly acceptable at other times too. I see no reason why you should expect to be able to go to locations that you haven't yet discovered the existence of in game.

Once you've discovered them, though, it is up to the author to come up with plausible reasons why you can't visit them at any particular time.

At the end of the day you're playing a game. I have little empathy with anyone who expects a game to be an accurate simulation. I want gamey elements. I don't want hunger, thirst, item limits and all the crap that goes with real life.
You can do the same thing in more subtle ways in an adventure game too. So if you decide to just head to a location you shouldn't go yet you get a message along the lines of "You are in an unassuming street in London. Nothing here seems out of the ordinary" and then force the player to go to back to the plot.
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Joefish wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 4:15 pm
It's rare, but helpful. At least it helps you not waste your time trying other words.
As it is with many complaints about IF (perhaps videogames in general, see also 8bitAG's remark about realism...I love roguelikes :), one man's annoyance is another's delight. For me, guessing the vocab was a great help in learning English and part of the mystery in general, helping the illusion of an omnipotent storyteller (which was in reality a limited 8 bit parser :)

@PeterJ you might also try Kobayashi Naru. It's a text adventure, but with an interesting interface, bit like in an adventure game you have a set of icons already on screen representing all the commands. And you don't type anything, just choose the action word + word from the scene description using a cursor/joystick (I've actually played it with a joypad yesterday).

Unfortunately, it's a fantasy setting, so perhaps not compatible with the crime mystery requirement.
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rnhunt wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 4:33 pm
You may find a small Android utility I wrote useful. Ifmapper is hopefully an intuitive mapping tool you can use on your phone.

If you tell Android to allow to run in background you can even swap between it and adventure running in an emulator. I just finished playing The Wicker Woman like this, which BTW isn't a bad little adventure.

You can find it at https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... e.ifmapper
This is great! I've been looking for something like this for ages!
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8BitAG wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 8:34 am
There are several people currently writing text adventures for 8-bits which are, perhaps, designed for slightly more modern sensibilities. I know that's something that Davide does, and also people like Stefan Vogt; again a lot of people not into text adventures have said they've enjoyed his Hibernated game and the shorter Curse of Rabenstein.
I am happy you enjoyed my games!

By the way, Hibernated 1 was very inspiring for me, both Two Days to the Race and The Queen's Footsteps would not have existed without it. Stefan Vogt has also been very supportive during the development of The Queen's Footsteps.
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