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Another Interactive Fiction Engine List
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Maintained by mattchelen -at- gmail -dot- com
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Engine NameWebsiteLast UpdatedUser InterfaceScripting LanguageIDEGame File FormatComplexityCan Self-Publish Titles
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ADLhttp://adl.sourceforge.net?ParserADLNoADLMediumYes
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ADRIFThttp://www.adrift.co/6/6/2016ParserNone, visualDownloadADRIFTLowYes
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Adventurehttps://github.com/adrian-prantl/adventure11/28/2015ParserPrologNoHTML/JavaScriptMedium to HighYes, under AGPL terms
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Adventure Bookhttp://web.archive.org/web/20071120072512/http://www.ingold.fsnet.co.uk/adbook.htm?Choice-BasedNone, visualDownloadADV, Z-machine, StandaloneLowYes
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adventure.luahttps://github.com/shawndumas/adventure.lua9/26/2013ParserLuaNoLuaLow to MediumYes
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AdvSyshttp://mirrors.ibiblio.org/interactive-fiction/articles/byte87_betz.html?Parser
Unnamed Lisp-like language
NoAdvSysMediumYes
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Aetheriahttps://github.com/komoku/aetheria3/11/2017ParserBeanshellDownloadAetheriaMedium to HighYes
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Aiee!http://markdamonhughes.com/Aiee/10/19/2004ParserXML-esqueNoJavaLowYes
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Alanhttp://www.alanif.se/10/2/2016ParserAlanDownloadAlanLowYes
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AXMA Story Makerhttp://sm.axmasoft.com/?Hyperlink-BasedVisual, JavaScriptDownload or WebHTML/JavaScriptLowYes, if you buy AXMA
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Blink!http://bloomengine.com/blink/?Hyperlink-BasedUnnamed LanguageNoHTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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ChoiceScripthttps://www.choiceofgames.com/make-your-own-games/choicescript-intro/11/7/2017Choice-BasedChoiceScriptThird-party DownloadHTML/JavaScriptLowYes, if your game is released for free or you work out a revenue-sharing model
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Choose Your Storyhttp://chooseyourstory.com2017Choice-BasedVisual, Unnamed LanguageWebN/ALow to MediumNo
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CLI Adventure Games
http://thejackalofjavascript.com/text-based-adventure-games/
12/13/2017ParserJavaScriptNoNode.jsMediumYes
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Curveshiphttp://curveship.com/3/31/2011ParserPythonNoPythonMedium to HighYes
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Enter the Story
http://enterthestory.com/
Save any story webpage to download the engine.
2013Choice-BasedJavaScriptNoHTML/JavaScriptMediumYes
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ErasmatronWeb Archive Link5/23/2000Graphical, Choice-BasedNone, visualDownloadErasmatronHighYes, if you can obtain a version that can compile storyworlds
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FluxDefunct2015ParserNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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Fungushttp://fungusgames.com1/14/2018Graphical, Menu-DrivenVisual, optional scripting via UnityVisual editor embedded in Unity
Anything Unity supports
Low to HighYes
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Gamefichttps://github.com/castwide/gamefic7/31/2017ParserRubyNoRubyMediumYes
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gist-txthttps://github.com/potomak/gist-txt12/15/2015Hyperlink-BasedMarkdownNoMarkdownLowYes, if you host your own copy of the interpreter
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HERITAGEhttps://notabug.org/SylvieLorxu/HERITAGE7/4/2015ParserHERITAGENoHTML/JavaScriptLow to MediumYes
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Hoothttp://ratfactor.com/misc/hoot/hoot.html2013Hyperlink-BasedHootscriptWebHTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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Hugohttp://www.generalcoffee.com/hugo/gethugo.html1/10/2006ParserHugoNoHugoMediumYes
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Icicle Enginehttp://icicle-engine.org/In developmentFPS-StyleUnknownVisual editorsIcicleLow to MediumYes
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Infinite Storyhttp://infinite-story.com/6/19/2012Choice-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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Inform
http://inform7.com/
http://inform-fiction.org/ (Inform 6)
12/24/2015ParserInformDownloadZ-machine, GlulxLow to MediumYes
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InkleWriterhttp://www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter/?Choice-BasedNone, visualWebHTML, JSON, PDF, or WordLowYes, once you've paid to have your story converted
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INSTEADhttp://instead.syscall.ru/index.html2/10/2018Graphical, Hyperlink-Based, Menu-Driven, and/or ParserLuaNoINSTEADMediumYes
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Interactive Fiction Markup Language (IFML)http://sourceforge.net/projects/ifml5/14/2013Hyperlink-BasedIFML (XML-esque)NoJavaLowYes
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Interactive Storyhttps://www.interactive-story.com/is/12/24/2015Menu-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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JACLhttp://code.google.com/p/jacl/11/17/2014ParserJACLNoHTML/JavaScriptMediumYes
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Materialistic Interactive Fiction EngineDefunct3/11/2015ParserCommon LispNoMIFE GameLow to MediumYes
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ngPAWS http://www.ngpaws.com/1/20/2018ParserVisual, JavaScriptDownloadHTML/JavascriptLowYes
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nScripter and ONScripter
http://unclemion.com/onscripter/
http://www.nscripter.com/
2/23/2018 (nScripter)
10/9/2011 (ONScripter)
Graphical, Choice-BasednScripterNonScripterMediumYes
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Project PDhttp://projectpd.blogspot.com/?m=03/19/2012Graphical, Menu-DrivenNone, visualDownloadPDLowYes
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PyFhttps://code.google.com/p/pyf/12/3/2009ParserPython, XMLNoPythonMediumYes
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Python Adventure Writing Systemhttp://members.nuvox.net/~zt.wolf/PAWS.htm?ParserPythonNoPythonMediumYes
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Python Universe Builderhttp://py-universe.sourceforge.net/3/22/2013ParserPythonNoPythonMediumYes
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QUEST 3/4/QuestNet
http://textadventures.co.uk/quest/desktop (under previous versions)
https://web.archive.org/web/20100724051540/http://www.axeuk.com/quest/
2009ParserASLDownloadQuestLow to MediumYes
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QUEST 5http://textadventures.co.uk/quest2/22/2018ParserVisual or QUESTDownloadQuest, can be converted to HTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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QuestMLhttp://questml.com/9/2007Choice-BasedQuestMLOptional downloadHTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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Ramushttp://ramus.notimetoplay.org/4/24/2013Hyperlink-BasedJavaScriptNoHTML/JavaScriptMediumYes
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Rapid Adventure Game Creation System (RAGS)http://ragsgame.com1/21/2015Graphical, Menu-DrivenNone, visualDownloadRAGSLowYes
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Ren'Pyhttp://renpy.org2/24/2018Graphical, Choice-BasedPythonNoPythonMedium to HighYes
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Smashhttp://www.rinkworks.com/smash/9/27/2007ParserSmashYesSmashLowYes
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Squiffyhttp://textadventures.co.uk/squiffy11/22/2017Hyperlink-BasedMarkdown, JavaScriptDownload or webHTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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Story Explorerhttps://robsprojects.co.uk/apps/storyexplorer/8/2/2014Hyperlink-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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StoryNexushttp://www.storynexus.com/s12/8/2013Choice-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALow to MediumNo
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StoryStylushttps://storystylus.com?Graphical, Menu-DrivenNone, visualSilverlight, webFlashLow to MediumNo, costs $20/month to use authoring system
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Storytellerhttp://storytellerjs.blogspot.com.au4/28/2014Hyperlink-BasedJavaScriptNoHTML/JavaScriptLow to MediumYes
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Storytron
http://www.storytron.com/
http://www.siboot.org/grand-strategy.html (new info)
2011 (currently offline)Graphical, Choice-BasedNone, visualDownloadStorytronHighNo, new version was intended to change this, but the future of the project is uncertain at present
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SUDS
https://web.archive.org/web/20150103040350/http://sudslore.org:80/
10/20/2007Parser, Optional MenuNone, visualDownloadSUDSLowYes
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TADS
http://www.tads.org/
http://www.tads.org/tads2.htm (TADS 2)
5/16/2013ParserTADSDownloadTADS, HTML/JavaScript (TADS 3)Medium to HighYes
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Talehttps://github.com/irmen/Tale1/20/2018ParserPythonNoPythonMedium to HighYes
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TAVERNhttp://zzo38computer.org/fossil/tavern.ui/8/7/2017ParserForth-likeNo
TAVERN
(Hamster archive-based)
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Text Adventure Enginehttps://github.com/ManzDev/text-adventure-engine3/19/2014ParserJSONNoPHPLowYes
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TextAdventure.jshttps://github.com/TheBroox/TextAdventure.js11/17/2017ParserJavaScriptNoNode.jsLowYes
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Texturehttps://texturewriter.com/5/5/2017Hyperlink-BasedNone, visualWebHTML/JavaScriptLowNo
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Tinselhttps://github.com/lazerwalker/tinsel12/18/2015Choice-BasedRubyNoRubyMediumYes
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Twinehttp://twinery.org/1/30/2018Hyperlink-BasedVisual, JavaScriptDownload or web (2.0)HTML/JavaScriptLow to MediumYes
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Tworld (Seltani's engine)https://github.com/erkyrath/tworld12/6/2015Hyperlink-BasedVisual, PythonBuilt-inPythonMedium to HighYes, if you run your own server
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Undumhttps://github.com/idmillington/undum8/5/2016Hyperlink-BasedJavaScriptNoHTML/JavaScriptMedium to HighYes
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VarytaleDefunct2012Hyperlink-BasedVisual, JavaScript-esqueWebN/ALowNo
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Visionaryhttps://web.archive.org/web/20160428141653/http://www.therealeasterbunny.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/visionary.htm12/17/2011ParserNone, visualDownloadScott AdamsLowYes
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WanderRenga In Blue Blog Post4/25/2015ParserUnnamed LanguageNoWanderLowYes
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Wibble Questhttp://orta.io/WibbleQuest/1/17/2012ParserObjective-CNo, XCode project includediOSMedium to HighYes
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XVAN
https://github.com/boardedfrontdoor/03---XVAN-Source-Code
8/14/2016ParserXVANNoXVANMediumYes
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Yarnspinhttps://mattiasgustavsson.itch.io/yarnspin3/3/2018Choice-BasedUnnamed LanguageDownloadYarnspin (text file)LowYes
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ZILFhttps://bitbucket.org/jmcgrew/zilf/overview2/3/2018ParserMDLNoZ-machineMedium to HighYes
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