Text Adventure Games
Adventure is the classic 366 point version with End Game, and Qork, a modified Dungeon / Zork, has 550 points and a custom End Game. These games are free, as are the original map artwork and hints that I created.
TAG runs on basically any 64-bit Macintosh or Linux computer, with pre-built executables for macOS. For Linux, all you need is a FORTRAN 77 compiler and away you go.
Here's what you get once you download and open the TAG distribution:
- A ReadMeFirst.txt file, which you should read, er, first.
- An Info folder that you might want to peruse, second.
- Refreshed PNG map files of both dungeons, resurrected from old PICT scans made way back then.
- Qork sports a new Spider Room and custom End Game.
- Pre-built static executables for macOS 10.6.8 Snow Leopard through macOS 10.14 Mojave. You can commence game play immediately, simply double click the Adventure or Qork clear glass bottle icon1.
- You can Save and Restore in either game, any number of times. Saved game state files are interchangeable between all TAG installations, regardless of operating system and compiler.
- FORTRAN source code for Adventure and Qork, as well as their associated text database files of messages, rooms, etcetera.
- For Linux you must compile the FORTRAN yourself, but I have turned that chore into a piece of cake with blue (ECCH!) icing, as there is a super-duper-easy-to-use build script, and the source code conditionally compiles for GNU gfortran, Intel ifort and PGI pgf77 compilers, so take your pick. Read Info/ReadMe.txt for details.
- A front-end procedure called play-text-adventure-games (platag) for Linux users, which may be used even on macOS if you are daring enough. Game save states are managed by platag.
- Hints, if you must!
- Implementer history and notes.
How do I get all this super stuff? Simple, just eat the appropriate blue CLICKME cake :
Once the package has downloaded, double-click it to open the distribution, and you will find in either case a single folder, named TAG-1.1. The one real difference is that the macOS folder resides on a read-only file system that you must drag and copy someplace, perhaps to Applications or your Desktop, before attempting to play Adventure or Qork.
|You really do not want the previous version of Adventure and Qork, but, if you insist, eat the purple CLICKME cake.|
As an aside, here is a file, TAGdiffs.zip, of differences between the 1989 source code and the results of the 2015 and 2018 conversion efforts.
1 If macOS prevents execution of Apps downloaded from the web, open System Preferences / Security & Privacy and make a one-time exception by clicking Open Anyway under the General tab. Or, control-click on the App icon in the Finder, then select Open from the context menu and follow the instructions.
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