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Palace of Deceit: Dragon's Plight, The

The Palace Of Deceit: Dragon's Plight was the first release of one of Epic Megagame's lead game designers, Cliff Bleszsinski. He released it in 1991 as a shareware title under his self-owned game company, ... should be enough to keep most gamers happy. It is very rare, and of course, you can no longer purchase it. So check it out and see what got Cliff Blesinski started on his career of designing games.


Pangea: Return to Planet Earth

Not a "computer game" per se but more of an "interactive comic book," Pangea: Return to Planet Earth is one of the earliest releases of its kind prior to the rise of CD-ROMs. Other ... The story in Pangea is not one-tenth as profound as Portal, but as far as science fiction goes, it's not bad and the writing is decent. Worth a look and play through at least once to the end.


Pawn, The

Definitely one of the "Finest Hours" of the British interactive fiction scene, Magnetic Scrolls' first release The Pawn was an instant sensation in Europe when it was first released by Rainbird ... a pioneer in the field that just no IF fan should pass up. Magnetic Scrolls even includes a thick, well-written novella "Tales of Kerovnia" that sets the stage to the game. A must-have!


Peasant's Quest

Peasant's Quest is a humorous, hugely entertaining 2D adventure that plays like Sierra's classic King's Quest games. Here is the official plot: "A real long time ago, in the peasant kingdom of Peasantry, ... characters, fun puzzles, and solid coding make Peasant's Quest one of the best freeware adventure games in recent years, its short length - I finished the game in about 45 minutes - notwithstanding.


Perils of Poom, The

One of the better and longer amateur adventure games in recent years, The Perils of Poom is a funny, atmospheric, and well-written freeware adventure game. The review at Adventure Gamers does a great job ... amateur or commercial. The strong story and realistic dialogues should appeal to any classic adventure aficionado, and are well worth spending a few hours of your time to experience."


Permanent Daylight

Yet another game coming from the fruitful AGS community. Lately a lot of good games have appeared from this engine-- and this old game is no exception to that. Permanent Daylight is a lighthearted adventure ... one for a very long time, but you will be sorry to see it end. The only thing I can say to conclude this review is that this is certainly one of the best freeware adventure games I've ever played.


Perry Mason

Review 1: This Telarium's excellent masterpiece deserves a special place in your gaming collection. Definitely one of the few detective games that has high addictiveness, realistic and believable characters ... advice on what to do. There's simply no other game like it even today. For all its tough challenge and grainy CGA graphics, Perry Mason perfectly captures the essense of a defense attorney's work.


Phantom's Revenge, The

The Phantom's Revenge and Castle Elsinore are two early piece of IF that are of very little value except for its age . The Phantom's Revenge is riddled with below-average writing, inane puzzles, and inflexible ... mark. Castle Elsinore is slightly better than its cousin due to a more coherent plot, but still bogged down with obscure puzzles. Underrated, maybe, but certainly not far from the bottom of the heap.


Photopia

I can't think of a better way to describe this deserved winner of the 1998 IF Competition than Paul O'Brian's review: "It's just so patently clear that Photopia is not interested in puzzles, or score, ... who is interested in puzzle-less IF should try." I won't even mention the plot lest I spoil it for you. Yes, the game is THAT good. A must play for anyone with even a passing interest in IF.


Pirate Fry 2: The Hand of Anturus

Pirate Fry 2: The Hand of Anturus is a funny and well-crafted amateur adventure game that is reminiscent of Monkey Island in many ways, not least of which is the pirate-y setting. Curiously released after ... more specific descriptions or interact-able spots in each room. All in all, a fun fanmade adventure that is well worth a look to fans of Monkey Island games. It is not as funny, but it comes close.


Pirates!

Have you ever wondered why the brilliant Sid Meier's game Pirates! is the Gold version of the game? Simple, it's a remake (made by the original author of the game). So if that's a remake, where's the original ... many differences), but still, this is the original Pirates!, so I believe it deserves a place on the site and in your personal classic game collection (it doesn't get much more classic then this).


Plan 9 from Outer Space

Although widely hailed as the worst film ever made, Ed Wood's classic camp horror film of 1958 isn't nearly that-- but it IS one of the funniest bad films you'll ever see. The film's notoriety begs an ... the various characters are generally colorful and fun to talk to. Worth a try if you've seen the movie, or even if you haven't-- just try it with a grain of salt, and don't expect to be impressed.


Planetfall [Solid Gold]

Planetfall is one of Infocom's most successful game that was updated and re-released as "Solid Gold" edition in 1988. The entire Solid Gold line was sadly not very well known, perhaps because ... better than Stationfall, the sequel, and the hard-to-find Solid Gold edition includes on-line InvisiClues hints and the same advanced parser that powered later Infocom games, from Beyond Zork onward.


Pleurghburg: Dark Ages

One of the best freeware adventure games I have come across, Pleurghburg: Dark Ages is an outstanding detective point-and-click adventure game that boasts an interesting plot, fun and logical puzzles, ... value and logic puzzles will keep you entertained for much longer than an average freeware title. A great game, and the well-deserved winner of the "Best Game" category of 2001 AGS Award.


Plundered Hearts

Plundered Hearts is one of the most underrated Infocom classics ever. Aside from the fact that it's set in an unusual (and very intriguing) setting (17th century Caribbean seas), the game is most notable ... mention avoiding some undesired reactions). Plundered Hearts is one of Infocom's more underrated games. A very good blend of puzzle solving and story." Be prepared for a few romantic cliches ;)


Police Quest 1: VGA remake

Review 1: A VGA version of a classic. Ah, the good old days of old graphic adventures. Back in 1980's the adventure games were mostly based on a textual descriptions of the area in which you were at ... him in. First you'll have to help Sonny sharpen his detective skills. And if you want a conviction, you'll have to follow true-to-life police procedures. 10-4! This is a VGA Remake of the original.


Police Quest 2: The Vengeance

Review 1: Sonny dealt with the dangerous Jessie Bains in first PQ game, but bad guys always come back. Bains is no exception and this time he's looking for revenge! He captured Sonny's fiancÚ and is ... of its design. Although the game is still a highly simplified simulation of police work, it succeeds in giving the player some interesting insights into the professional life of a homicide detective.


Police Quest 3: The Kindred

Review 1: Jessie Bains is dead and Sonny and Marie can live in peace again. Sonny has been promoted, they got married and everything seems to be fine. Then Marie gets shot and is in a critical condition. ... I say it you need DOSBox to play this game. I'm hoping one day they re-vamp the series and make a Police Quest 4. With technology nowadays the possibilities for a storyline and gameplay is endless.


Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

Ah, the good old days of old graphic adventures. Back in 1980's the adventure games were mostly based on a textual descriptions of the area in which you were at the moment and an option to move north, ... not too hard to complete. I know I was about 13 years old or so and I completed it in less than 2 days. It still doesn't mean that it's not good. It sure is, for the time when it was made of course.


Portal

Portal is a unique "interactive novel" that tells one of the best sci-fi stories ever. Returning from a failed 100-year voyage to earth, you find that that everyone has mysteriously disappered. ... to humanity before you're stranded forever. "Puzzles" (in the loosest sense) involve accessing various databases to uncover more information. Highly recommended, especially to sci-fi fans.


President is Missing

Although not traditional IF in a sense that there is no text parser, President is Missing and its sequel Presumed Guilty embody what make great IF: involving story and inventive puzzles where logical deduction ... with the game, since you must decipher the morse code at one point. You can download the cassette content in Ogg Vorbis music format below, and listen to it with an Ogg player such as dBPowerAMP.


Presumed Guilty

Although not traditional IF in a sense that there is no text parser, President is Missing and its sequel Presumed Guilty embody what make great IF: involving story and inventive puzzles where logical deduction ... on many levels, including real-time action, great details, and captivating storylines. Check out the "database" command for comprehensive on-line instructions and background story.


Prince of The Yolkfolk

Fans of Spectrum computers would recall that Codemasters' Dizzy series were some of the best games ever made for that computer. Created by a quirky pair of designers who call themselves The Oliver Twins, ... The Yolkfolk is still a challenging arcade adventure that should appeal to Dizzy fans and fans of cartoony games in general. If you've never played a Dizzy game, Prince of Yolkfolk is a good start.


Prisoner of Ice

Operation Polaris was going smoothly; the mysterious crates were safely stored under freezing temperatures in the hold. It looked as though the submarine was going to make it home for supper. Suddenly, ... often enough, and even with a lot of frustrating pixel-hunting, the game is over way too soon. Worth a try for horror fans, but don't expect the gripping experience that Shadow of the Comet offers.


Private Eye

Private Eye is a good adaptation of the Raymond Chandler classic "Little Sister" noir novella. Strategy Plus says it all: "[this] is an absorbing, well-produced movie using... cel animation ... addition for every noir fan's collection. As long as you keep in mind that it is more a stylish, faithful multimedia reproduction of Chandler's classic rather than a game, you'll have a great time.


Project Xenophobe

If you are one of those people who are convinced that no adventure game that has many typos and grammatical errors can be fun, stop reading this review now and browse the rest of our Adventure genre listing. ... effects, and some neat plot twists, Project Xenophobe is well worth our top game award, and comes recommended to every adventure gamer who is willing to forgive poor grammar in well-designed games.


Psycho

One of the worst adventure games ever made, Psycho is based on the classic horror film by Alfred Hitchcock... and by "based on" I mean that they both have the same title. In CE Forman's opinion ... buggy coding, sloppy graphics and unbelievably dopey text, the belly-laughs this game will induce are more than worth [the small amount of time it will take to download it.]" Coaster, anyone? :)


Quest for Glory 1: So You want to be a Hero (remake)

Review 1: A 1992 remake version of the legendary Quest for Glory with enhanced graphics, sound and game engine. No more textual input! Everything is point and click now! Have you ever wanted to helplessly ... this game is very high. Great graphics, good storyline, some nifty humor and at least this time you die by your own fault in the battles instead of dying a Sierra death! Play it, you won't regret it!


Quest for Glory 2: Trial by Fire

Review 1: So you've past Quest For Glory 1, and proven your hero's worth. Big deal. Now your character has bigger problems to deal with. Evil satanic Wizards. Huge-ass monsters. Scorching Desert Heat. ... game will allow you to get a personal feel of the overall game in a time period of thirty days. There is no way you will not have the time of your life experiencing Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire.


Quest for Glory 3: Wages of War

Review 1: In the new episode to the series, the hero comes back from Quest For Glory 2 to the magical city of Tarna, inhabited by the fierce Lionataurs. What happens, is that he is transported to Tarna ... sequences have been much improved, especially for a fighter that is brought into the game. This is a nice little play and should provide a satisfying challenge to adventure gamers and RPGamers alike.


Quest for Glory 4: Shadows of Darkness

Review 1: You start off in dark cavern, unaware of where you are, or how you got there. All your items are gone, and you have a bad headache. Ouch. What more could possibly go wrong. Well, maybe the ... third dimensional graphics that allow the game to be enjoyed by all gamer skill levels. Quest for Glory IV is definitely an addicting and exciting game that you will enjoy for many years to come.


Quest for The Timebird

One of the rarest Infogrames games ever made, Quest for The Timebird is an excellent adventure game based on a famous French graphic novel of the same name. In an unknown world, at a time when wizards ... an interesting storybook whose decent writing and a somewhat unique fantasy plot are interesting enough to compensate for minimal "gaming" elements. Recommended, although not a Top Dog.


Questmaster 1: Prism of Heheutotol (a.k.a. Dondra: A New Beg

Questmaster 1 is a fun adventure game that was ahead of its time, with vibrant 16-bit graphics and a good parser. Summoned by the Elders to help find the Crystal Prism to vanquish the evil Colnar, you ... came out). The score is modified by the number of times you saved the game, got killed, and the number of objects you obtained. Recommended, but be warned that it is a shorter-than-average game.


Questprobe featuring Spider-Man

Spider-Man follows The Hulk as the second instalment in the Questprobe link-up between Marvel Comics and Scott Adams marketed in the UK by Adventure International. In keeping with the theme, the background ... Spider-Man is a disappointing game that reduces the famous hero to pitiful pizza delivery boy. Stay away at all costs, unless you like boring puzzles, below-average writing, and stupid puzzles.


Questprobe featuring The Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four is, thank goodness, the last and best (in a relative sense) game in the short-lived Questprobe series which was a collaboration between Adventure International and Marvel Comics. This time, ... among the team members. Insipid find-item-X-to-give-to-Y-to-get-item-Z puzzles still abound, but there is a lot less of them than in The Hulk and Spider-Man, the first 2 games in the series.


Questprobe featuring The Hulk

The Hulk is a disappointing first instalment of the Questprobe series from Adventure International, which was produced in collaboration with Marvel Comics. Despite a 'Difficulty level: Moderate' tag on ... routine to leave each dome. This is a very disappointing game, especially considering that Scott Adams' other games are quite good. A horrible waste of a good license-- steer clear by all means.


Racter

Not really an interactive fiction game but rather one of the most intriguing piece of software ever created, Racter is one of the earliest commercial releases of computer intelligence-- AI gibberish, so ... called "The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed" (Warner Books, NY. 0-446-38051-2, paper $9.95) before the release of the program, the authorship of which he attributed solely to Racter.


Radical Dreamers

Radical Dreamers is a well-written "sequel" of sorts to Square's famous Chrono Trigger RPG for the SNES system. In contrast to all the other games in the series, this is an "interactive ... random combat doesn't translate well to text-only medium, apparently. Otherwise, it is a worthy read for fans of text adventures in general and Chrono Trigger fans in particular. Recommended!


Rambo: First Blood Part II

Yup, it's interactive fiction based on Rambo 2, one of the last movies you would want to make a game out of, much less a text adventure. Anyway, here we are so we might as well get on with it.... ... Well, ... limits of interactive fiction. A good effort that's worth playing if you're curious, especially since the game is quite short. If you want a real Rambo experience, though, play shoot-em-ups instead.


Razors in the Night

Razors in the Night is a fun amateur adventure that offers a fun plot and the length that rivals the best commercial games. You play Knox, a punk member of a local gang who is running from the police after ... plethora of puzzles that will amuse and challenge every adventure fan. If you love punk and long games or either of this, you will probably enjoy this "labor of love" from a lone designer.


Realms of The Haunting

Realms of the Haunting is one of the best, if not THE best, occult games ever, featuring an outstanding, well-told story that evolves from the haunted-house cliche to a fascinating interplay of good and ... both camps. Puzzles are logical despite frustrating hunt-the-pixel annoyances, and the acting is above average. Horror fan or not, you won't be disappointed with this 4-CD epic. Highly recommended.


Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf is based on BBC sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, which is very popular in Europe. You are the main character: Lister, the last surviving member of the human race who is on board huge (and I mean ... and the essence of the show so good, that I think it is impossible to do any better. If you are a die-hard fan of Red Dwarf, go ahead! Others should think twice-- unless you enjoy a tough challenge.


Rendezvous with Rama

Rendezvous with Rama is a disappointing game based on Arthur C. Clarke's classic sci-fi novel of the same name. As captain of the ship, your task is to dock with and explore Rama, a huge alien vessel complete ... graphics, and lack of player interaction make this game another waste of a famous literary license. Play Sierra's CD-ROM game Rama instead for a much more authentic and enjoyable adventure.


Residence 44 Quest

Residence 44 Quest is a fun fanmade adventure game created with AGI Studios, a program that allows you to create text-parser-with-graphics game in the same style as Sierra's oldie adventures (e.g. King's ... not), and a huge dose of charming, sophomoric wit (if that's an oxymoron, I apologize ;)) In short, an enjoyable college romp that, except for a few glaring typos, is better overall than URI Quest.


Return of the Phantom

Return Of The Phantom is an adventure game made by MicroProse in 1993. As you may have guessed, it is based on the famous Phantom Of The Opera story. You play as Inspector Raoul Montand. You have attended ... it very easy to play, and the graphics are incredibly smooth. However, the puzzles are slightly on the easy side, and the maze is very hard. Overall, this is a very nice game that I highly recommend.


Return to Ringworld

A much better game than its horrendous predecessor, Return to Ringworld is a fun adventure still based on Larry Niven's best-selling sci-fi series. While the plot will be familiar to Niven fans and the ... actions between the three characters and hearing them tease each other is a lot of fun. Recommended for anyone interested in the genre, although expert players will find it an easy challenge.


Return to Zork

Infocom's first return to the famous Zork universe after a long hiatus is a funny adventure that retains much of the campy atmosphere that makes the original Zork trilogy a classic, but unfortunately falls ... Just think of it this way: you know you're really going to miss Boo's incessant "Want some rye? 'Course you do" after your adventure is over [EG]. Remember: save often-- save VERY often.


Ringworld: Revenge of The Patriach

The first release from Tsunami Media is a very disappointing adventure despite having a powerful license behind it. Based on Larry Niven's Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, Ringworld eschews the book's ... game beginners who want a game they can easily complete in one sitting. Anyone interested in a good game based on Niven's novel should play the much-better sequel Return to Ringworld instead.


Rise of The Dragon

Dynamix's first adventure game, Rise of The Dragon is one of the most atmospheric graphical adventures ever made and Jeff Tunnell's masterpiece. As futuristic private eye and ex-cop Blade Hunter hired ... and time constraints. Overall, Rise of the Dragon is a must-play for every adventure fan. Even the death scenes are so well done that I remember trying different ways to die just to see them all .


Rob Blanc 3: The Temporal Terrorists

The Rob Blanc games are a very unknown adventure series made by Ben Croshaw. This is the third installment, and undoubtably the best one. The first game was very short, and told the story of how our hero ... to it. He also tells us on his website that he has no interest in making other Rob Blanc games. But don't let that spoil your fun, and start playing this entertaining free game. You'll enjoy it.


Robot Odyssey

This is one of the most original puzzle games ever designed, and my most favorite Apple II game. The objective here is to escape from Robotropolis, a dangerous underground robotic city. To escape, you ... It is in some ways like the programming puzzle in Sierra's Castle of Dr. Brain, only ten times more fun-- and difficult. There is IMHO no better way to learn mathematical logic than this game :)


Rockstar

Try to become a rockstar, text adventure.


Rocky Horror Interactive Show, The

One of the best cult classic films ever made based on the theatrical smash hit of the same name, The Rocky Horror Show is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable worldwide media phenomena in the last 20 ... take you some time to finish, and may even inspire you to watch the movie if you've never seen it. Some puzzles are obscure, but the weird and wacky atmosphere more than make up for this nitpick.


Rode Kill: A Day in The Life

Rode Kill: A Day in The Life is the first adventure game by Zombie Chow (Shawn Guzzo), and already it's quite an achievement. It evolved along with his knowledge of the engine and his abilities. The game ... time between rooms, and a bit of a strange interface. But this doesn't affect the overall gameplay, which is very good. Anyone who enjoys a humorous adventure game will surely enjoy playing this one.


Rode Quest 2

Rode Quest 2 is a fun "bite-size" freeware adventure game from Shawn Guzzo, designer of Rode Kill a top game on this site. As Rode, the amicable hapless hero from Rode Kill, your goal this time ... to remember the (good?) old days of copy-protected 5.25" disks. All in all, if you are in the mood for a short but entertaining adventure games, Rode Quest 2 is definitely well worth your time.


Rome: Pathway to Power (a.k.a. Rome: A.D. 92)

Review 1: Millennium's second isometric adventure game is a humorous romp in the ancient Roman Empire. Rome: Pathway to Power is a vast improvement over Adventures of Robin Hood in every respect. The ... which makes this game fun and not too hard to play. So it's definately a game I would recommend, especially if you like to play freeplay adventure games. Anyway, try it and you will see for yourself.


RON1: Lunchtime of The Damned

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish. Recommended!


RON2 1/2: Fowl Play

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... be adopting a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish.


RON2: Vengeance of The Chicken

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish. Recommended!


RON3: Soviet Union Strikes Again

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... be adopting a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish.


RON4: I Spy

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... be adopting a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish.


RON5: Nihilism

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... possibly can. If however you are looking for a good laugh, and wish to see for yourself how bad it really is, then by all means, give this game a try. It's an experience you won't easily forget...


RON6: Blastoff

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish. Recommended!


RON7: Dee Vee Ess

The Reality on The Norm (RON) games are a series of short games started by some AGS developers. The idea behinds them is that of sharing characters and setting to create a world that seems more alive than ... a small fun game that has lots of brothers in the pipeline, and a rather alive atmosphere. And well... it's fun playing a short adventure game which you know you'll certainly finish. Recommended!



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