All the Adventures

Wherein I play and blog about every adventure game ever made in (nearly) chronological order.

These are sorted (mostly) in the order I played the games. I think they’re all worth reading! However, if you want just a sampling …

… and are interested in long and difficult games, try reading about Zork, Acheton, and Philosopher’s Quest.

… and want to read about games that double as lessons in design, look at The Count, Local Call For Death, and Empire of the Over-Mind.

… and you like obscure curiosities, try Treasure Hunt, Spelunker, and Adventure 500.

Pre-1974

Before Adventure

1974

Castle by Peter Langston

1975

William Crowther’s original version of Adventure

1977

Crowther and Woods Adventure, 350 points
Zork, original mainframe version by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels and Dave Lebling
Adventure (366 points) by Kent Blackett, Bob Supnik and other authors
Aldebaran III by Peter Langston

1978

Mystery Mansion by Bill Wolpert
Stuga by Viggo Eriksson, Kimmo Eriksson, Olle E Johansson
Acheton by Jon Thackray, David Seal, and Jonathan Partington
Adventureland by Scott Adams
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Greg Hassett
Pirate Adventure by Scott Adams
Treasure Hunt by Lance Micklus
The House of Seven Gables by Greg Hassett
MUD1 by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle
Adventure II by Peter Luckett and Jack Pike
King Tut’s Tomb by Greg Hassett
Lords of Karma by Gary Bedrosian
Quest by Roger Chaffee
Adventure 430 by Don Woods
Library by Nat Howard
Adventure 501 by David Long

1979

Secret Mission by Scott Adams
Mines by James L. Dean
Sorcerer’s Castle Adventure by Greg Hassett
Voodoo Castle by Alexis Adams
Philosopher’s Quest by Peter Killworth and Jonathan Mestel
The Count by Scott Adams
Local Call For Death by Robert Lafore
Eamon: Beginner’s Cave by Donald Brown
Eamon: The Lair of the Minotaur by Donald Brown
Haunted House by Robert Arnstein
Strange Odyssey by Scott Adams
Burial Ground Adventure by Joel Mick
Dog Star Adventure by Lance Micklus
Two Heads of the Coin by Robert Lafore
Spelunker by Thomas R. Mimlitch
Adventure 500 by George Richmond and Mike Preston
Mystery Fun House by Scott Adams
Journey to Atlantis by Greg Hassett
Empire of the Over-Mind by Gary Bedrosian
Adventureland Special Sampler by Scott Adams
Pyramid of Doom by Alvin Files
Adventure 550 by David Platt
Pyramid 2000 by by Robert Arnstein
Enchanted Island by Greg Hassett
The Lost Dutchman’s Gold by Teri Li
Spider Mountain Adventure by Teri Li and Bob Liddil
Atlantean Odyssey by Teri Li
Journey by Steve Baker
Goblins by Hal Antonson and Linda Stix
Battlestar by David Riggle
Ringen by Hansen, Pål-Kristian Engstad, and Per Arne Engstad
Kadath by Gary Musgrave
Bilingual Adventure by Jim Manning, Ancelme Roichel, Harley Licht, François Brault, and Thierry Gauthier

1980

Mystery House by Roberta Williams
Quondam by Rod Underwood
Misadventure, Star Cruiser, Jailbreak by Roger M. Wilcox
Odyssey #1, Damsel in Distress by Joel Mick and Jeffrey M. Richter
CIA Adventure by Hugh Lampert
Ghost Town by Scott Adams
Marooned by Kim Watt
Zork I by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Dave Lebling and Bruce Daniels
Haunt by John Laird
Wizard and the Princess by Ken and Roberta Williams
Dante’s Inferno by Gerard Bernor
Nellan is Thirsty by Furman H. Smith
Mystery Mansion by Greg Hassett
Temple of the Sun by Jack Powers
Gargoyle Castle by Kit Domenico
Reality Ends by William F. Denman, Jr.
Trek Adventure by Bob Retelle
Death Dreadnaught by Biff Mutt and Spud Mutt (Robert and Richard Arnstein)
Cavern of Riches by John O’Hare
The Great Pyramid by John O’Hare
Haunted Mansion by John O’Hare
Savage Island Part 1 by Scott Adams
Mount St. Helens by Victor Albino
Crystal Cave by Anonymous and Kevin O’Gorman
In Search Of… Dr. Livingston by Carl Russell, Karen Russell, Ralph Fullerton, and Becky Fullerton
ADV.CAVES by Anonymous
Deathmaze 5000 by Frank Corr, Jr.
Lost Ship Adventure by Charles Forsythe
Deathship by Rodger Olsen
World’s Edge by Greg Hassett
Mission: Asteroid by Ken and Roberta Williams
Mad Scientist by Thomas Hamlin III
Escape From Mars by Rodger Olsen
Lugi by Jay Wilson and Paul Kienitz
Will ‘O the Wisp by Mark Capella
Oldorf’s Revenge by Butch Greathouse and Garry Rheinhardt
Dracula Avontuur by Ronald van Woensel
House of Thirty Gables by Bill Miller
Labyrinth by William F. Denman, Jr. and Frank Corr, Jr.
Kidnapped by Peter Kirsch
Six Micro Stories by Robert Lafore
The Prisoner by David Mullich
City Adventure by Software Innovations
Warp by Rob Lucke and Bill Frolik

Out of Chronology

Quarterstaff (1987) by Scott Schmitz and Ken Updike
The Colonel’s Bequest (1989) by Roberta Williams
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (1992) by Interplay

Rules: I do not necessarily need to play “to completion” although I will give every game a strong effort. I am allowed to use hints and walkthroughs as necessary, but only after significant personal attempt.

Posted May 31, 2011 by Jason Dyer

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