Endless, Nameless by Adam Cadre

The first time I ever saw someone play a text adventure was in fifth grade. One of the sixth-graders didn't go to outdoor ed, and therefore spent the week in my fifth-grade classroom, playing Scott Adams's Impossible Mission on a TRS-80 while the rest of us did our schoolwork. At recess we crowded around him and shouted out commands to try. I really wanted a turn at the keyboard, but this guy wouldn't let anyone else near it. It would be another couple of years before I played a text adventure myself.

My big chance came when my father signed up for the Dow Jones online service, which offered not just stock listings but sports scores, movie reviews, Grolier's Encyclopedia, and a small selection of games, among which was Adventure. A bargain at a mere $144/hour! (In 1984 dollars!) Fortunately for my father's bank account, I eventually learned about Orange County's free BBSes, most of which were WWIV boards written in Pascal. Borland's Turbo Pascal let you swap in external modules called "door games," some of which were text adventures, and I've had the code to a few of these kicking around for (ulp!) a quarter of a century now. For a long time I've thought that it might be kind of fun to port one over to Inform, and I finally found the time to do so. Warning! These things were not exactly up to Infocom standards, let alone those of the modern day. This is a nostalgia project. Swords, trolls, magic spells, hit points. But no acoustic coupler necessary!
Information in this game listing is copyright Adam Cadre, heartless zombie, Emily Short, Peter Pears, is taken from IFDB, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Review by NightmareV
13 Mar 2017
i meant cant talk to anybody
(3)

Review by Dr. Stupid
27 Feb 2017
The most polished game I've found here so far. The fake terminal text looks really good.
(3)

Review by LemonGrabJuice
10 Feb 2017
Very good, but I'm just wondering how to get out of the Afterworld.
(5)

Review by The Lowly Slime
07 Oct 2016
Great.
Also press buttons when text comes up and you can't do anything
(why didn't you do this before?!)
(5)

Review by miraak
07 Oct 2015
I died a lot. Stupid jumping into a chasm killing me.
(5)

Review by Sminthius
24 Jul 2015
This is what I was looking for when I started searching for text adventures. Funny, fun, brainbending, stylish, and inspiring. The only thing I cant understand is why other games sometimes have equal or even higher ratings. I blame it on mass media. If this game was kitsch, I'd be popular.
(5)

Review by Linkerson
17 Jul 2015
looks very fun but for some reason i'm not being able to play the game
(3)

Review by natedawg2
29 Oct 2014
how come i cant play





(3)

Review by lastverse
26 Jun 2014
This was the first text-based game I've ever played, and I played it solid for two days until I won. Absolutely incredible! I LOVE IT when the story breaks the rules. Mix The Edge of Tomorrow with Portal and Dungeons and Dragons and you might come close to this. It made me think harder than I've ever thought in my life, but it was awesome! And stick around for the ending; it's worth it.
(5)

Review by mick green
15 Jan 2014
cool retro atmosphere. Very funny and interesting..
(5)

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Average rating
(4.2)
Written by
Adam Cadre
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Published 2012
Listing added 14 Jan 2014

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