Interactive Fiction

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"Interactive fiction stories are ‘computer programs that display text, accept textual responses and then display additional text in reaction [to those responses]’"

- Nick Montfort, Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction

Collections of Interactive Fiction

The Interactive Fiction Database

The Interactive Fiction Archive

Interactive Fiction in the UK

Top Interactive Fiction Games

The Interactive Fiction Competition

People's Republic of Interactive Fiction

Tools for writing Interactive Fiction

Twine - "Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes." Often used to demonstrate interactive storylines - not so much to prepare for shooting them.

Squiffy - "Squiffy is a tool for creating interactive fiction - that is, multiple choice games that focus on text and story. Players navigate through the game or story by clicking links. Sometimes these kinds of games or stories are known as gamebooks. Squiffy is free and open source. It creates HTML and JavaScript, so you can upload it to your own website, or you can upload your games for free to"

Inform - "Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. It is a radical reinvention of the way interactive fiction is designed, guided by contemporary work in semantics and by the practical experience of some of the world's best-known writers of IF.

Create your own story

Literature & articles

Twisty Little Passages - An Approach to Interactive Fiction

by Nick Montfort

The evolution of interactive fiction

The joy of text

Archiving Interactive Fiction