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Another Interactive Fiction Engine List
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Maintained by matt -at- anotherdayanotherga -dot- me
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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/5/4/2015ParserNone, visualDownloadADRIFTLowYes
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Adventurehttps://github.com/adrian-prantl/adventure8/12/2013ParserPrologNoHTML/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/aetheria2/8/2015ParserBeanshellDownloadAetheriaMedium to HighYes
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Aiee!http://markdamonhughes.com/Aiee/10/19/2004ParserXML-esqueNoJavaLowYes
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Alanhttp://www.alanif.se/3/23/2014ParserAlanDownloadAlanLowYes
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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/4/19/2015Choice-BasedChoiceScriptNoHTML/JavaScriptLowYes, only if your game is released for free
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Choose Your Storyhttp://chooseyourstory.com4/28/2015Choice-BasedVisual, Unnamed LanguageWebN/ALow to MediumNo
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CLI Adventure Games
http://thejackalofjavascript.com/text-based-adventure-games/
12/5/2014ParserJavaScriptNoNode.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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Fluxhttp://fluxfiction.com2015ParserNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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Fungushttp://fungusgames.com5/6/2015Graphical, Menu-DrivenVisual, optional scripting via UnityVisual editor embedded in Unity
Anything Unity supports
Low to HighYes
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Gamefichttps://github.com/castwide/gamefic12/13/2015ParserRubyNoRubyMediumYes
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gist-txthttps://github.com/potomak/gist-txt4/24/2015Hyperlink-BasedMarkdownNoMarkdownLowYes, if you host your own copy of the interpreter
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HERITAGEhttps://notabug.org/SylvieLorxu/HERITAGE5/10/2015ParserHERITAGENoHTML/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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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.html2/20/2016Graphical, 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/7/13/2014Menu-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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JACLhttp://code.google.com/p/jacl/10/13/2014ParserJACLNoHTML/JavaScriptMediumYes
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Materialistic Interactive Fiction Enginehttps://github.com/mrkkrp/mife3/11/2015ParserCommon LispNoMIFE GameLow to MediumYes
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ngPAWS http://www.ngpaws.com/5/3/2015ParserVisual, JavaScriptDownloadHTML/JavascriptLowYes
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nScripter and ONScripter
http://unclemion.com/onscripter/
http://www.nscripter.com/
10/19/2011 (ONScripter)
4/16/2015 (nScripter)
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/11/28/2014ParserPython, 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/quest2/5/2015ParserVisual or QUESTDownloadQuest, can be converted to HTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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QuestMLhttp://questml.com/?Choice-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.org4/26/2015Graphical, Choice-BasedPythonNoPythonMedium to HighYes
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Smashhttp://www.rinkworks.com/smash/?ParserSmashYesSmashLowYes
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Squiffy 3http://textadventures.co.uk/squiffy1/13/2016Hyperlink-BasedMarkdown, JavaScriptDownload or webHTML/JavaScriptLowYes
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Story Explorerhttp://www.storyexplorer.co.uk/8/2/2014Hyperlink-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALowNo
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StoryNexushttp://storynexus.com/s12/8/2013Choice-BasedNone, visualWebN/ALow to MediumNo
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StoryStylushttps://onemorestorygames.com/6/1/2015 (beta)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 will change this
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SUDShttp://sudslore.org5/22/2008Parser, 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 (TADS3)Medium to HighYes
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Talehttps://github.com/irmen/Tale5/11/2015ParserPythonNoPythonMedium to HighYes
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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.js3/25/2015ParserJavaScriptNoNode.jsLowYes
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Texturehttp://texturewriter.com/alpha/11/9/2014Hyperlink-BasedNone, visualWebHTML/JavaScriptLowUndecided, still in development
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Tinselhttps://github.com/lazerwalker/tinsel1/7/2015Choice-BasedRubyNoRubyMediumYes
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Twinehttp://twinery.org/2015Hyperlink-BasedVisual, JavaScriptDownload or web (2.0)HTML/JavaScriptLow to MediumYes
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Tworld (Seltani's engine)https://github.com/erkyrath/tworld5/11/2015Hyperlink-BasedVisual, PythonBuilt-inPythonMedium to HighYes, if you run your own server
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Undumhttp://undum.com/3/1/2015Hyperlink-BasedJavaScriptNoHTML/JavaScriptMedium to HighYes
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Varytalehttp://varytale.com/books/2012Hyperlink-BasedVisual, JavaScript-esqueWebN/ALowNo
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Visionaryhttp://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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