How Retro Text Adventure Games Are Put Together

How Retro Text Adventure Games are Put Together

The primary concern that stands apart with content experience games is that they normally have no designs. The game world is comprised of numerous areas which are depicted utilizing words, albeit a couple of content experience games will show pictures of the area alongside the portrayal. Playing the game includes composing directions to educate the game what you need to do. For instance composing “go north” to move to another area or “get light” to get a light if there is one at your present area.

The object of the experience game is to illuminate a mission. This could be to kill a mythical serpent, salvage a princess, recoup an article, or explain a secret. The game goes about as your eyes, ears and contact – portraying what is noticeable in your present area alongside any items you can get. As you travel through the game world you will go over different riddles that should be understood before you continue, alongside any risks to survive.

Here is a case of a book experience game in real life.

You are in a woodland. A long winding street prompts the north and a little house stands toward the south. Toward the east, out there, is a huge cavern.

There is a light here.

What would you like to do?

get light

You presently have the light.

light light

There is no oil in the light.

So you realize you are in a woodland where you can see a street, a bungalow and a cavern. You can decide to go to one of the depicted regions by composing something like “n”, “north” or “go north”. There is additionally a light at this area that you can get yet in the event that you need to light it, at that point you have to discover some oil. This is a riddle you have to understand in light of the fact that you will require the light to go into the cavern, else it will be too dim to even consider seeing.

Presently let us perceive how content experience games are assembled.


Like books, content experience games for the most part start with a solitary thought. Envision a town where individuals are passing on in light of the fact that a devilish witch has put a revile on them. The areas in your game world would comprise fundamentally of towns, mansions, timberlands and caverns. Presently suppose that your mission is to arrive at the witch’s stronghold and murder her so the revile will be lifted. Her palace would be your last goal in the game. Possibly the reviled town could be your beginning area. Presently you can make a rundown of the areas in the game which would incorporate something like: village1, village2, waterway, lake, cave1, cave2, clearing, mountain1, mountain2, town bar, timberland, etc.

On the off chance that an area covers a bigger territory or is a structure, at that point you can spilt it into sub-areas, for example, east of woodland, west of backwoods, front of cavern, center of cavern, back of cavern, bar kitchen, bar and so forth… You likewise need to guarantee an area is in sight before you notice it in your area portrayal. For instance you can’t see the bar kitchen except if you enter the bar first. Obviously this is evident however it is conceivable to commit such errors.


All together for the player to move around your game world you have to interface your areas together. For instance: on the off chance that you are in the reviled town and there is a bar you need them to visit then you have to reveal to them which heading it is in. You move around the game world utilizing compass headings which are north, south, east, west, upper east, northwest, southeast and southwest. A few games even permit all over.

So as to interface the areas you have to choose what we can see from your present area. In a town you would see a bar, shops, a school and a congregation. Presently choose what bearing they are in. So suppose the bar is toward the north, the school is toward the south, shops toward the east and the congregation toward the west. Every area in your game will have a number and your rundown of associations would look something like this.

Area 01 – Cursed Village

North=Location 01, South=Location 02, West=Location 03, East=Location 04

Area 02 – Tavern

North=Location 05, South=Location 01

Notice there is an association back to area 01? Continuously ensure you can return to the past area by utilizing something contrary to the heading you used to arrive… North to arrive and South to get back. East to arrive and West to get back.

A few areas can’t be gotten to until you tackle a riddle. In the previous model there is a cavern which will be dim. In this way you have to get the light first, discover some oil and afterward light it before you can enter the cavern. Different areas might be watched so you need some method for disposing of, or moving beyond the watchman. Making riddles to find a workable pace makes your game more fascinating as opposed to permitting the player to get puts no problem at all.


Articles are things that can be utilized, eaten or worn. Their motivation is to help you in your journey and to explain certain riddles. Here and there objects must be joined with one another, for example, the oil and the light to work. Articles are typically seen in areas holding up as got. A few articles are concealed ones until they are revealed in the game. For instance, a precious stone ball may be secured a trunk and will possibly show up in the present area when the storage compartment has been opened.

Envision you needed to get into some structure and the gatekeeper stops you. Possibly you can discover some cash and pay off him. Or on the other hand perhaps you can discover a mask to wear that will permit you to move beyond him. Articles can be utilized in boundless manners to add riddles to your game and make them significantly more testing to the player.

One thing to recollect: Don’t make an article too enormous or unreasonably overwhelming for the player to convey and constrain the measure of things they can convey. Experience games likewise permit the player to drop things they are conveying so they can get others. Some experience games give the articles a weight so what number of items you can convey relies upon the weight.


Envision entering a cavern and encountering a tremendous wild bear who needs to eat you. You can’t investigate that cavern as the bear is hindering your direction so you have to defeat it by one way or another. Occasions come in three flavors: High Priority, Low Priority, and Local.

High Priority: These occasions occur when the player enters an area before they find the opportunity to include any orders. For instance the bear could execute you when you enter the cavern so you have to accomplish something before you enter, for example, have a weapon helpful or be wearing Armor.

Low Priority: These occasions handle circumstances that proceed has you travel through the game. For instance in the event that you are getting eager, parched or languid, or in the event that you are harmed and losing blood. These occasions report your status not long before giving information control to you.

Neighborhood: Events that occur at your present area. For instance the bear won’t murder you when you enter the cavern, you will get an opportunity to safeguard yourself or to leave the cavern. When that bear has been managed the nearby occasion will express that you “see a dead bear” or you “see a resting bear”.


This article covers the essential bones of a book experience game and gives enough data to kick you off in making one either utilizing a programming language of your decision or a committed experience maker.


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