If you’re tired of Minesweeper, don’t like the free word games Shuffled Row and Every Word, and don’t want to pay $5 for the new Scrabble game, then how about old-school text adventures?
On Friday, Kindle fan E. Yagi announced on Amazon’s customer discussion pages a new website, kindlequest.com, that presents 19 different text adventures–including a few Zork titles–for your amusement. Of course, to play you’ll have to have online access.
A list of games available at KindleQuest.com:
I tested in on a latest generation Wi-Fi Kindle and the site loaded fine, although a couple of times the page would hang after I entered a command and I would have to reload the page to get everything to show up properly. If you want to give the interface a trial run before hitting it up on your Kindle, it plays fine on a regular PC browser.
Remember to type “help” without quotation marks for some introductory commands. Also, here are a few Zork-specific commands if you need a cheat sheet, thanks to another Amazon customer named Abraxas:
> n, s, e, w
Short for “go north”, “go south”, etc.
> nw, ne, sw, se
Short for “go northwest”, “go southwest”, etc.
> u and d
Short for “go up” and “go down”
Reveals a player’s inventory
Gives full descriptions after each command (rather than omitting details already given to the player)
Displays the player’s current score, number of moves, and ranking
And you can shorten “look” to “l”. I also found the game wants prepositions. You cannot omit them. Just use “look at ” instead of just “look “.
Originally posted at Booksprung.com