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Infocom
Infocom   #18


Games developed: 37
Games published: 44
Period: 1982 - 1994

In the heyday of interactive fiction in mid 80's, Infocom needs no introduction. From the slick and atmospheric packaging outside to the amazing virtual reality within, Infocom games are synonymous with interactive fiction par excellence. However, not everything the Implementers touched had turned to gold: not content with inventing the genre, Infocom also dabbled outside their territory with the Infocomics interactive comics series and boardgame-style Fooblitzsky. These departures from the norm, along with Infocom's graphical IF games, e.g. Shogun and Journey, never quite achieved the same lofty "classic" label as Zork or Trinity. Although they are by no means as great as the early classics, these games are no doubt underrated and often overlooked by all but the most zealous Infocom fans.

The following sites are indispensable to all Infocom fans and casual visitors:

  • Visit The Rise and Fall of Infocom for a concise summary of Infocom's career
  • Visit the amazing Unofficial Infocom Homepage for info, maps, and hints on every Infocom game (including unfinished ones), Zork Trilogy download (released as freeware by Activision), packaging information, Infocom-related articles, and much more!
  • The Infocom Gallery contains hi-res, full-color manuals and other scans of all Infocom games. If you prefer Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, visit The Infocom Documentation Project, which is sanctioned by Activision
  • You can now play most Infocom games online and even save your position. Definitely one of the best websites ever made :)
  • The Chronology of Quendor is a must-visit for die-hard fans of Zork. A true labor of love by Robin Lionheart. Similar in concept to The Encyclopedia Frobozzica (the free copy of which was included in Return to Zork game box), but much more comprehensive and anal ;)
  • C.E. Forman's one and only Ye Olde Infocom Shoppe is a must-visit for those interesting in collecting Infocom games (and other adventure game classics)
  • The Hotel New Zork site at Activision contains excellent synopsis for every game in the Zork series.

Related companies: Activision, Westwood Studios, Tom Snyder Productions, MediaGenic

Related companies: Activision   Westwood Studios   Tom Snyder Productions   MediaGenic  

Titles Developed or Published
Genre
Year
Avg. Rating
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeA Mind Forever Voyaging
Interactive Fiction
1985
9.14
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeArthur: The Quest for Excalibur
Interactive Fiction
1990
9.03
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBallyhoo
Interactive Fiction
1985
7.35
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBattleTech 1: The Crescent Hawk's Inception
RPG
1989
8.48
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBattleTech 2: The Crescent Hawks' Revenge
Strategy
1991
7.48
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor
Interactive Fiction
1987
8.67
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBorder Zone
Interactive Fiction
1987
8.31
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeBureaucracy
Interactive Fiction
1987
9.1
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeCircuit's Edge
Adventure
1988
8.6
Cornerstone
Application
1985
8.2
Cutthroats
Interactive Fiction
1984
7.28
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeDeadline
Interactive Fiction
1982
7.44
Enchanter
Interactive Fiction
1983
8.86
Fooblitzsky
Strategy
1985
6.29
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeGamma Force in: Pit of A Thousand Screams
Adventure
1988
8.11
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeHitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The [Solid Gold]
Interactive Fiction
1987
9.17
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeHollywood Hijinx
Interactive Fiction
1987
6.71
Infidel
Interactive Fiction
1986
7.47
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeJames Clavell's Shogun
Interactive Fiction
1989
8.55
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeJourney
Interactive Fiction
1989
8.68
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeLane Mastodon vs. The Blubberman
Adventure
1988
8.14
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeLeather Goddess of Phobos [Solid Gold]
Interactive Fiction
1988
9.08
Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2
Adventure
1992
7.88
Lurking Horror, The
Interactive Fiction
1984
8.99
Mines of Titan
RPG
1988
8.55
Moonmist
Interactive Fiction
1986
7.04
Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It
Interactive Fiction
1989
8.06
Hall of Belated Fame InducteePlanetfall [Solid Gold]
Interactive Fiction
1988
9.03
Hall of Belated Fame InducteePlundered Hearts
Interactive Fiction
1987
8.11
Quarterstaff: Tomb of Setmoth
RPG
1991
7.31
Return to Zork
Adventure
1994
8.64
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSeastalker
Interactive Fiction
1984
7.8
Sherlock: Riddle of The Crown Jewels
Interactive Fiction
1988
7.95
Sorcerer
Interactive Fiction
1984
8.85
Spellbreaker
Interactive Fiction
1985
9.12
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeStarcross
Interactive Fiction
1982
9.06
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeStationfall
Interactive Fiction
1987
8.25
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSuspect
Interactive Fiction
1984
6.75
Suspended
Interactive Fiction
1983
8.83
Tombs and Treasure
Adventure
1989
7.17
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