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Adventure Quest

Adventure Quest

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

The sequel to Colossal Adventure is an interactive fiction game with a VERB NOUN interface. The fantasy setting takes a clear influence from Lord of the Rings. After centuries of harmony, Middle Earth has hit problems due to a cataclysmic sequence of events - a crop failure leading to animals turning violent, and then an attack from a mysterious enemy to the north. The evil Demon Lord Alagiarept is discovered to be responsible, and as such the Wizards are given a week to beat him, before Middle Earth must surrender. You play a rookie magician with Meditation, Mysticism and Moneymaking...

Adventure Quest

Adventure Quest

Atari 800 - 1983

The sequel to Colossal Adventure is an interactive fiction game with a VERB NOUN interface. The fantasy setting takes a clear influence from Lord of the Rings. After centuries of harmony, Middle Earth has hit problems due to a cataclysmic sequence of events - a crop failure leading to animals turning violent, and then an attack from a mysterious enemy to the north. The evil Demon Lord Alagiarept is discovered to be responsible, and as such the Wizards are given a week to beat him, before Middle Earth must surrender. You play a rookie magician with Meditation, Mysticism and Moneymaking...

Adventure Quest

Adventure Quest

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1984

The sequel to Colossal Adventure is an interactive fiction game with a VERB NOUN interface. The fantasy setting takes a clear influence from Lord of the Rings. After centuries of harmony, Middle Earth has hit problems due to a cataclysmic sequence of events - a crop failure leading to animals turning violent, and then an attack from a mysterious enemy to the north. The evil Demon Lord Alagiarept is discovered to be responsible, and as such the Wizards are given a week to beat him, before Middle Earth must surrender. You play a rookie magician with Meditation, Mysticism and Moneymaking...

Adventure Quest

Adventure Quest

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1983

The sequel to Colossal Adventure is an interactive fiction game with a VERB NOUN interface. The fantasy setting takes a clear influence from Lord of the Rings. After centuries of harmony, Middle Earth has hit problems due to a cataclysmic sequence of events - a crop failure leading to animals turning violent, and then an attack from a mysterious enemy to the north. The evil Demon Lord Alagiarept is discovered to be responsible, and as such the Wizards are given a week to beat him, before Middle Earth must surrender. You play a rookie magician with Meditation, Mysticism and Moneymaking skills....

The Archers

The Archers

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

Events in the rural village of Ambridge have enthralled BBC Radio 4 listeners since 1950. The computer game re-creation casts you as one of the scriptwriters. The game is split into four parts, in which you control Jack Woolley, Elizabeth Archer, Eddie Grundy and Nelson Gabriel in turn. Guide each character through their decisions (from 3 multiple-choices), with the aim of choosing the most listener-friendly choices. Your choices affect the show's rating directly, as well as changing the forthcoming plot. Characters can be removed from the show depending on how you develop certain storylines,...

The Archers

The Archers

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

The Archers was written by Pete Austin of Level 9. The BBC Micro version is a text only adventure. You must plan numerous episodes of Radio 4's The Archers and hope to increase the number of listeners each season.

The Archers

The Archers

Amstrad CPC - 1987

Events in the rural village of Ambridge have enthralled BBC Radio 4 listeners since 1950. The computer game re-creation casts you as one of the scriptwriters. The game is split into four parts, in which you control Jack Woolley, Elizabeth Archer, Eddie Grundy and Nelson Gabriel in turn. Guide each character through their decisions (from 3 multiple-choices), with the aim of choosing the most listener-friendly choices. Your choices affect the show's rating directly, as well as changing the forthcoming plot. Characters can be removed from the show depending on how you develop certain...

Colossal Adventure

Colossal Adventure

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

Colossal Adventure is a complete, full size version of the classic mainframe text adventure game "Adventure", with all the treasures,creatures, rooms and puzzles of the original. It was written by Pete, Mike and Nick Austin, based on the original "Adventure" game by Willie Crowther and Don Woods. It is part 1 of the Middle Earth (aka Jewels of Darkness) Trilogy.

Dungeon Adventure

Dungeon Adventure

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Dungeon Adventure concludes Level 9's Middle Earth lineage of fantasy interactive fiction games (later reprogrammed with graphics in Jewels of Darkness). The player is searching for magical treasures within the Demon Lord's fortress, after his defeat in Adventure Quest. There are over 200 specific locations, including rooms within the tower and outdoor locations to navigate en route. Objects range from a coffin and a giant belt to nasty images and a packing case; also watch out for Orcs, Dwarves and other creatures. The parser's vocabulary contains all the standard terms - EXAMINE, TAKE, OPEN...

Dungeon Adventure

Dungeon Adventure

Memotech MTX512 - Released - 1984

Dungeon Adventure concludes Level 9's Middle Earth lineage of fantasy interactive fiction games (later reprogrammed with graphics in Jewels of Darkness). The player is searching for magical treasures within the Demon Lord's fortress, after his defeat in Adventure Quest. There are over 200 specific locations, including rooms within the tower and outdoor locations to navigate en route. Objects range from a coffin and a giant belt to nasty images and a packing case; also watch out for Orcs, Dwarves and other creatures. The parser's vocabulary contains all the standard terms - EXAMINE, TAKE, OPEN...

Dungeon Adventure

Dungeon Adventure

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1984

Dungeon Adventure concludes Level 9's Middle Earth lineage of fantasy interactive fiction games (later reprogrammed with graphics in Jewels of Darkness). The player is searching for magical treasures within the Demon Lord's fortress, after his defeat in Adventure Quest. There are over 200 specific locations, including rooms within the tower and outdoor locations to navigate en route. Objects range from a coffin and a giant belt to nasty images and a packing case; also watch out for Orcs, Dwarves and other creatures. The parser's vocabulary contains all the standard terms - EXAMINE, TAKE,...

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle

Microsoft MSX

You have been hired to deliver important documents across the Caribbean. Heavy winds take hold of your plane across the Bermuda Triangle. At the last moment, you parachute out, landing on a mysterious island known as Emerald Isle. It is said that no one ever returns from that place, but legend has that one person may be allowed to leave - the ruler of the island. The way to freedom is fraught with problems, of course, deadly predators and peculiar natives the least of them. The game is a text adventure utilizing Level 9's adventure system. The parser expects two- or three-word commands. On...

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle

Memotech MTX512 - Released - 1985

You have been hired to deliver important documents across the Caribbean. Heavy winds take hold of your plane across the Bermuda Triangle. At the last moment, you parachute out, landing on a mysterious island known as Emerald Isle. It is said that no one ever returns from that place, but legend has that one person may be allowed to leave - the ruler of the island. The way to freedom is fraught with problems, of course, deadly predators and peculiar natives the least of them. The game is a text adventure utilizing Level 9's adventure system. The parser expects two- or three-word commands. On...

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

Emerald Isle is a text adventure with drawn graphics that was released for several home computers. It was originally intended to form the first part of a trilogy which would also have included Red Moon and The Price of Magik, but this plan was dropped.

Gnome Ranger

Gnome Ranger

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1987

Gnome Ranger is a text adventure by Level 9 for a range of home computers including the BBC Microcomputer.

Ingrid's Back!

Ingrid's Back!

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Gnome Ranger II: Ingrid's Back! (known as just Ingrid's Back! on the game box cover) is a text adventure game by Level 9 and the sequel to Gnome Ranger A 3rd game to be called Gnome Ranger III: Gnome Free (or just Gnome Free) was written and designed, but was never programmed and released. Ingrid is Ingrid Bottomlow, the intellectual-but-clumsy gnome we met in Gnome Ranger. Her beloved home village Little Moaning is earmarked for a yuppie-friendly transformation by Jasper Quickbuck of Ridley's Manor. Ingrid has three cunning plans to stop him - producing a petition with everybody's...

Ingrid's Back!

Ingrid's Back!

Commodore 64 - Released - January 1, 1988

Ingrid is Ingrid Bottomlow, the intellectual-but-clumsy gnome we met in Gnome Ranger. Her beloved home village Little Moaning is earmarked for a yuppie-friendly transformation by Jasper Quickbuck of Ridley's Manor. Ingrid has three cunning plans to stop him - producing a petition with everybody's signature, finding a more orthodox prevention method, and finally infiltrating Ridley's Manor itself by pretending to be a maid, and then finding proof that he's a dodgy geezer who should be locked up. These three quests can be played in any order, although they logically follow on from each other....

Jewels of Darkness

Jewels of Darkness

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

1986 saw the release of Jewels of Darkness on the Amiga system, a Text Adventure game with still pictures created by Level 9 and distributed by Firebird in USA and Rainbird in the rest of the world. Originally conceived in 1983 by Level 9 as the Middle-Earth trilogy, the standalone 8-bit releases of Colossal Adventure, Adventure Quest and Dungeon Adventure were enhanced and published in this renamed compilation Jewels of Darkness. The Amiga version is the update of the original text-only Middle Earth Trilogy. Jewels of Darkness enhances the original text-only incarnations released for 8-bit...

Lancelot

Lancelot

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Lancelot is a text adventure game developed by Level 9 and released on the BBC Microcomputer by Mandarin Software. It follows the Knights of the Round Table saga from Camelot to the quest for the Holy Grail.

Lords of Time

Lords of Time

Memotech MTX512 - 1984

Lords of Time is the first adventure in the Time and Magik Trilogy. It was developed and published by Level 9. The Memotech MTX version was released in 1984.

Lords of Time

Lords of Time

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

The first game in the Time and Magik trilogy. Doctor Who references are obvious in this adventure - you play a time travelling hero, who faces a group of Time Lords as they attempt to rewrite human history. To do this, you must collect nine objects which have an hourglass symbol on, from nine different time zones. You will encounter tigers and an Ice Queen in the Ice Age, a guard and a frog in the middle ages, a Cyberman in the future, and more mundane tasks in the present day. To enter different time zones, go into the grandfather clock in your home (the starting location) and activate one...

The Price of Magik

The Price of Magik

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

The Price of Magik[edit] Sequel to the previous game; Myglar the Magician, guardian of the Crystal, has become insane and is draining its energy for his own use; he must be defeated before it is exhausted. Discovery Charter school is trash

The Price of Magik

The Price of Magik

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

In the final instalment of the Time and Magik trilogy of interactive fiction, the light from the Red Moon is under threat. It was captured and harnessed by the magicians of Baskalos, but its keeper Myglar has turned against them and is using it for himself. He must be defeated before the crystal is exhausted. The typing interface is typical of Level 9 games of the era. Time saving features include an ALL command can apply TAKE and EXAMINE to every object you can see, and the ability to type future commands while the screen is still scrolling. 18 spells are available, activated using...

Red Moon

Red Moon

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1985

Red Moon is the second game in the Time and Magik Trilogy. The Red Moon Crystal is the only source of Magik in the land, and stabilizes the forces of the world. This crystal has been stolen and as a result, the land has fallen into chaos. A single powerful magician is sent to rescue the Crystal from the castle where it's hidden. Red Moon is an graphical interactive fiction game. Players assume the role of the wizard on his quest to recover the crystal. They will have the use of many weapons and a dozen magical spells. Combat is a key element of the game: both the magician and enemy...

Red Moon

Red Moon

Atari 800 - Released - 1985

The Red Moon Crystal is the only source of Magik in the land, and stabilizes the forces of the world. This crystal has been stolen and as a result, the land has fallen into chaos. A single powerful magician is sent to rescue the Crystal from the castle where it's hidden. Red Moon is an graphical interactive fiction game. Players assume the role of the wizard on his quest to recover the crystal. They will have the use of many weapons and a dozen magical spells. Combat is a key element of the game: both the magician and enemy opponents have hit points, in the style of RPGs. Spellcasting...

Return to Eden

Return to Eden

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

This is part 2 of the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. The command robots of Snowball have found the colonisable planet Eden, and already set about colonising this lush verdant planet. Not easy though - native plants and animals have adapted and fought back at the threat to their territory. A walled area now encloses the city, which is crumbling around you. When Snowball 9 reaches the planet, Commander Kim Kimberley is filmed apparently committing a murder. As Kim, you must escape from the 'justice' of crazed robot droids. Snowball 9's landing is made dangerous due to the robots...

Return to Eden

Return to Eden

Memotech MTX512 - Released - 1984

This is part 2 of the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. The command robots of Snowball have found the colonisable planet Eden, and already set about colonising this lush verdant planet. Not easy though - native plants and animals have adapted and fought back at the threat to their territory. A walled area now encloses the city, which is crumbling around you. When Snowball 9 reaches the planet, Commander Kim Kimberley is filmed apparently committing a murder. As Kim, you must escape from the 'justice' of crazed robot droids. Snowball 9's landing is made dangerous due to the robots malfunctioning. Return...

The Saga of Erik the Viking

The Saga of Erik the Viking

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1984

A video game based on the book of the same title by Terry Jones (from Monty Python). The book was later filmed by him. The game and the film have different stories, though. The game was written by the Austin brothers of Level 9 Computing and published for a range of home computers, including the BBC Microcomputer, by Mosaic.

Scapeghost

Scapeghost

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1989

Scapeghost is a text adventure developed and released by Level 9 on the BBC Microcomputer. It had the working title of Spook.

Silicon Dreams

Silicon Dreams

Apple II - Released - 2019

Silicon Dreams is a trilogy of interactive fiction games developed by Level 9 Computing during the 1980s. The first game was Snowball, released during 1983, followed a year later by Return to Eden, and then by The Worm in Paradise during 1985. The next year they were vended together as the first, second and last of the Silicon Dreams. Early advertisements gave it the title of Silicon Dream, but it was pluralised later.

Silicon Dreams Trilogy

Silicon Dreams Trilogy

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

Silicon Dreams is a trilogy of interactive fiction games developed by Level 9 Computing during the 1980s. The trilogy is set in a not too-distant future when humans have started colonising space. For the first two instalments the player has the role of Kim Kimberly, an undercover agent, whose goal in Snowball is to save the colonist's spacecraft from crashing into a star, and in Return to Eden to stop the defence system at the destination planet of Eden from destroying the craft. In The Worm in Paradise, the player, with the role of an unnamed citizen of Eden, must travel around the city of...

Snowball

Snowball

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1983

This is part 1 of the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. Snowball 9 was sent to Colonize Eridani A, with robots sent to prepare the territory around 100 years before human beings arrive, but something went wrong en route. Commander Kim Kimberley became aware of this when she was abruptly awoken from hibernation. Snowball is an interactive fiction game, which uses compression techniques to provide 7000 rooms in computers of this size. Kim must go from her hibernation chamber to the ship controls, and then work them to guide the ship safely to Eridani. Commands like INVENTORY, EXAMINE, TAKE and USE are...

Time and Magik Trilogy

Time and Magik Trilogy

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1988

Time and Magik is a trilogy of text adventure games by Level 9. The individual games were initially released separately in 1983-1986. In 1988 the three games were revised, expanded and re-released together as a compilation by Mandarin Software, a division of Europress Software. Lords of Time A time traveller is sent into the distant past to collect a number of items required to defeat the evil Lords of Time. Red Moon Red Moon Crystal, a powerful source of Magik, has been stolen and must be recovered to save the country of Baskalos from destruction. The game won the award for best...

The Worm in Paradise

The Worm in Paradise

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Eden has been successfully colonised, by creating several domed cities. Society is rigidly functioning, unemployment, crime and poverty all non-existent. The economy functions on fines rather than taxes, making for a plethora of petty rules and no penal punishment. Robot employees make everything run cheaply. Body part reselling allows hospitals to turn a profit. Robots can even control human reproduction. The end result is a society in which humans have no useful role. Who would live in a 'paradise' like this? The Worm In Paradise is the culmination of the Silicon Dreams series of...

The Worm in Paradise

The Worm in Paradise

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1985

This is part 3 of the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. Eden has been successfully colonised, by creating several domed cities. Society is rigidly functioning, unemployment, crime and poverty all non-existent. The economy functions on fines rather than taxes, making for a plethora of petty rules and no penal punishment. Robot employees make everything run cheaply. Body part reselling allows hospitals to turn a profit. Robots can even control human reproduction. The end result is a society in which humans have no useful role. Who would live in a 'paradise' like this? The Worm In Paradise is the...

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