Interactive fiction is not a gaming genre, it is a format. Although “text adventure” is commonly used to describe this type of game, interactive fiction has grown from its Adventure roots to incorporate a variety of game types, and some interactive fiction cannot possibly be described as a game at all. What all interactive fiction shares in common is the use of text to describe characters and objects within a setting, and the use of a parser to interpret text typed by the player, allowing the player to interact with the characters and objects within the setting.
Wednesday, 26 April 2006
Plant the Pot Plant in the Plant Pot
Moby Games has a nice clear overview of the seemingly unkillable game format known as "Interactive Fiction".