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Text Adventure Remakes

Post by Coopdevil » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:58 am

With all the remakes of classic 8-bit games floating around I was wondering if there has been a similar movement as regards modern remakes of the old text adventures?

I imagine some of the early 8-bit era adventures could make good modern games now that they can benefit from far lengthier flavour text and competent parsers. I always liked the Level 9 games which were good for their day and had neat puzzles and plots but the Austin brothers' insistance on all their games having 200+ locations rather hampered them in that lots of the locations were simple "You are deep in the wood. Paths lead east and west" and lacking anything of an atmosphere.

I've been looking at the Inform scripting language recently and did start work on redoing Planet of Death for Inform but after I completed and mapped out the original game I felt it was too small and too well, cr@p, to bother with.

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P.S. Just remembered the Twin Kingdom Valley thing in RG a few issues ago.

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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:12 am

Has anyone ever taken a text adventure world, and turned it into an actual graphical game?
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Post by Coopdevil » Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:36 am

I can't think of a text-based adventure that had a full point-and-click make-over but there was a fan remake of Kings Quest I that dropped the text parser in favour of the interface from the later KQ games. I played that through, I thought it was well done.

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Post by yethboth » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:29 pm

I think 'The Hobbit' which was a text adventure and very popular on the speccy, should be remade for the PC as a Freeware game. :)

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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:54 pm

RocketRanger wrote:What about this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml

hmmm, I put the dressing gown on.
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Post by RocketRanger » Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:58 pm

Elgin_McQueen wrote:
RocketRanger wrote:What about this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml

hmmm, I put the dressing gown on.
OK
..You are now wearing the dressing gown.
You can see NOTHING.

What now?

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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:02 pm

RocketRanger wrote:
Elgin_McQueen wrote:
RocketRanger wrote:What about this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml

hmmm, I put the dressing gown on.
OK
..You are now wearing the dressing gown.
You can see NOTHING.

What now?

Oh actually i'd already turned the light on. Though admittedly only through clues given once i'd died for NOT putting the light on.
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Post by RocketRanger » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:06 pm

Elgin_McQueen wrote:

Oh actually i'd already turned the light on. Though admittedly only through clues given once i'd died for NOT putting the light on.
I'm sorry. I don't know how to "Oh actually I'd already turned the light on".

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Post by pottyboy » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:12 pm

Ahh, The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy. Great game :) Recently bought the PC version at a jumble sale. Unfortunately it's the Virgin Mastertronic version, so no physical items in the box - but you do get hints in this version!
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Post by revgiblet » Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:44 am

Go to the ADRIFT webiste and you'll be able to download a complete remake of the original Adventure. It's good stuff.
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Post by yethboth » Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:47 am

Does anyone remember the original front cover of the Text Adventure Game 'Lord Of The Rings' for the Speccy? When I was little, I used to be scared of that picture.

Will anyone be able to paste this picture on this forum please?


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Post by Coopdevil » Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:07 am

Funny, I remember lots of people disliking that cover at the time because the Nazgul looked pantomine-like and not at all threatening or scary!

Game wasn't much better either.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:09 am

pottyboy wrote:Ahh, The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy. Great game :) Recently bought the PC version at a jumble sale. Unfortunately it's the Virgin Mastertronic version, so no physical items in the box - but you do get hints in this version!
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If you like that Infocom adventure , then try Plundered Hearts by the same company - quite short , but a great adventure nonetheless
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