Artificial intelligence, realistic graphics, low-latency multiplayer, next-level physics, and virtual reality these are the hallmarks of modern gaming. Some games have even started to push the limits of Photorealism! But even the most impressive games can’t match the tremendous creativity of human imagination. And that’s why text-based games still shine even now!
Known as interactive fiction, text-based games are a blend of the best two worlds: interactivity and books. These games are perfect for those who create interactive stories without pouring lots of money or time into art and sound assets.
- Quest: You actually don’t require programming experience to do well with QUEST, but you’ll have to probably pick up the programming concepts along the way once you start using QUEST’s built-in scripting language for handling complex logic. With it, you can add images, videos, music and sound effects. QUEST games can be created with the desktop app or the web app, and all games can be exported and played online. You can even sell your QUEST games if you want to as there are no commercial restrictions. But QUEST’s best selling point is that it has one of the most powerful communities of all the text game engines that are currently available. Especially, the official QUEST forums have regular traffic and new posts on a daily basis. If you want to join a community, QUEST might be the best choice.
- ADRIFT: It is one of the oldest functioning options for creating your own text-based games. Its unique selling point is pretty clear: absolutely no programming experience needed, even if you want to create non-trivial narratives. The beauty of ADRIFT is that everything is driven by the GUI, meaning drag-and-drop selections, folder navigation, drop-down menus, etc. All characters, events, objects, variables, etc. are click-to-set-up, making ADRIFT one of the easiest systems to use. The only downside is that ADRIFT games can only be played through the ADRIFT Runner application. The good news is that ADRIFT is cross-platform, and you can even create games through a web interface, so it’s not too much of an inconvenience.
Which text game engine attracts you the most? Are any good alternatives being missed? Do you have any story in your mind that’s begging to be written? Share with us in the comments section!
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