Text narrative game
June 16, 2011 8:09 PM   Subscribe

Help me find this interactive fiction title

Asking for my sweetie. He used to play this interactive fiction game some years back, but never finished it. He wants to find it, but can't recall the title. Some cursory googling pulls up nothing.

Here is what he remembers:
-It was a text-only interactive fiction game
-Produced in the mid 1990s or earlier
-It took place in the future, a few hundred years hence or more
-It took place in our solar system
-As the main character, you could transport from planet to planet in pursuit of your goal. They all had some sort of infrastructure on them, from cities to just a few industrial installations, as was the case with Pluto
-It had a hard SF flavor. It incorporated realistic details about the planets, their atmospheres, and their gravity
posted by Ideal Impulse to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Flunkie at 8:17 PM on June 16, 2011

What platform?
posted by smithsmith at 8:35 PM on June 16, 2011

PC or Mac, he can't remember which. It wasn't Unix or anything like that.
posted by Ideal Impulse at 8:37 PM on June 16, 2011

Were there no graphics at all? It couldn't have been Gateway?
posted by theatro at 8:45 PM on June 16, 2011

Oh, hello, html failure, nice to see you. Let's try Gateway.
posted by theatro at 8:46 PM on June 16, 2011

Try BAf's Guide. There's an entire category of Space Exploration text games listed there, maybe seeing the name will trigger his memory.
posted by cosmicbandito at 8:48 PM on June 16, 2011

It is not Starcross or Gateway. It was text only, and it took place in this solar system.
posted by Ideal Impulse at 8:52 PM on June 16, 2011

Was it one of the Silicon Dreams trilogy? The games were called Snowball, Return to Eden and The Worm in Paradise.
posted by iconomy at 8:58 PM on June 16, 2011

Was it something he would have bought (or pirated), or downloaded? There was a kind of Cambrian Explosion of interactive fiction in the mid-1990s, as the release of Inform gave TADS some competition. If it was an amateur game, it might be more difficult to track down, just from the volume.

It would also help to know where your sweetie played it, if it was a commercial game. There weren't that many companies making text-only games for sale, and their markets didn't overlap all that much.

(Also, was it really interactive _fiction_, with a narrative and everything? Or was it a text-based resource-management/space-war type game?)
posted by hades at 9:43 PM on June 16, 2011

Also try the Interactive Fiction Database
posted by Bwithh at 10:59 PM on June 16, 2011

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