Information about the latest update is found on the news page.
- Here is the next update of Adventureland. Again with many, many
corrections, additions and new cover scans (more than 100 updates)
Thanks for all your feedback, some special THANKS go to
Staffan Vilcans who again provided me with tons of additions and corrections.
- Alpha-Omega Software, Artic
East Midland Software, Funcom,
Games, Magnetic Scrolls, Mastertronic,
Publishing, New Soft, Newsoft
Products, Novagen Software,
Numer 9 Software, Ocean
Software, Odyssee, OShea,_Kevin,
Palace Software, Palas,
Associates, Phoenix Software,
Radar Games, Radarsoft,
Rainbird Software Ltd, Rainbow
Richard Shepherd Software,
Software, Salamander Software,
Scandinavian PC Systems,
Scorpio Software, Scott
Adams, Sentient Software,
Severn Software, Shadow
Software, Shards Software,
Sinclair Research Ltd, Sir-Tech,
Smart Egg Software, Soft
Concern, Software Projects,
Southern Software, Spectrum
Software Corporation, Spoof Software,
Star Dreams, Summit
Software, Taskset, Terminal
Software, THQ Inc, Top
Ten Software, Topologika, Trilobyte,
Soft, Ultrasoft, US
Gold, Videofex, Virgin
Games, Whalkira Software,
Software, Xenon, Zafiro_Software
- a lot of minimal corrections
- Main page (Fixed links)
- Download (updated download packages,
image archives are split into several packages)
- After a long break here comes the next update of Adventureland.
This time many, many corrections, additions and new cover scans. Thanks
for all your feedback. Some very special THANKS go to Staffan
Vilcans who has not only provided me with tons of additions and corrections
but also prepared them for easy inclusion into the site.
- Abersoft (corrections)
- Adventure International
- Adventure International
UK (added two covers)
- Alchemist Research (renamed
from Alchemy Research, added game)
- Alligata Software Ltd (renamed
from Alligata, added game)
- Alternative Software Ltd
(renamed, added link, new games, new covers)
- Argus Press Software Ltd
- Artic Computing (two additional
- ASP Software (additions)
- Atlantis Software Ltd (additions,
new game covers)
- Automata UK Ltd (additions, new
- Aventuras AD (additions and corrections)
- Beyond Software (renamed from
Beyond, additions, new game covers)
- Buffer Micro Ltd (renamed from
Buffer Micros, new game covers)
- Bug byte Software Ltd (renamed
from Bug byte, additions)
- Bytepack (additions)
- Carnell Software (new games,
- CCS (added company info, additional games)
- Codemasters (additions, cover)
- Compass Software (new)
- Core Design (added URL)
- Cosmi (added cover)
- Creative Sparks (additions, covers)
- CRL Group PLC (additions, some
- Cybexlab Software (additions,
- Datamost (added URL)
- Datasoft, Inc. (additions, new
- Delbert the Hamster
- Delta 4 Software (additions)
- Deltoid Developments (additions)
- Destiny Software (new game)
- Digital Fantasia (additions)
- Dinamic Software (new games,
- Disney Software (added URL, addition)
- Domark Ltd (renamed from Domark Software,
- Dragonware Games (renamed from
Attic, added many informations provided by Guido Henkel)
- Dream Software Ltd (new games,
- Duckworth (additions)
- Dynamix (updated URL)
- Eighth Day (added cover)
- Electric Software (corrections)
- Electronic Arts (added URL)
- Enigma Variations (corrections)
- F+K_Ware (corrections)
- Firebird Software Ltd (renamed
from Firebird, added games and new covers)
- Five Ways Software Ltd
(many new games, covers)
- Fridaysoft (additions)
- FSF Adventures (many new games,
- Games Workshop (new games, cover
- Gargoyle Games (many new games,
two covers added)
- Gilsoft International Ltd
(many new games, corrections, one cover)
- Global Software (additions)
- Gremlin Graphics (renamed, earlier
Gremlin Software, Exile Designs)
- Hewson Consultants Ltd
(renamed, new game, additions, new cover)
- Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
(added game, new cover)
- Hooy-Program (additions)
- Howarth, Brian (added cover)
- Hutchinson Computer
Publishing (added game cover)
- Imagine Software Ltd (renamed,
added game, new cover)
- Imperial Software (additions)
- IMS Software (added game, corrections)
- Incentive Software LTD
(renamed, many corrections and additions, some covers)
- Infocom (fixed link)
- Infogrames (added cover, corrections)
- Inrac Corporation (addition)
- Interceptor Micros (many additions,
- Interplay Productions (added
- Larsoft (corrections, added game)
- Learning Company (added
- Level 9 Computing (new covers)
- LucasArts (correction)
- Marlin Games (many new games, cover)
- Melbourne House (new covers)
- Mirrorsoft (added cover)
- Players Premier Software
(added two covers)
- River Software (new)
- Scandinavian PC Systems
- Sierra Online (added cover,
- Silmarils (added URL)
- Tartan Software (new)
- Telarium Corporation (added
- Topologika Ltd (corrections)
- UK Lead (added game, company logo)
- Zenobi Software (many new games,
some covers, tons of additions)
- a lot of minimal corrections on several pages
- Download (updated download packages,
image archives are split into several packages)
- Emulation (added Vice link)
- Systems (added Ballpoint, Dungeon
- Help (cleanup)
- The first "official" update of Adventureland after the
move. This time mainly broken links were fixed or removed, however
there are also some new cover scans and other corrections.
Some of the updated pages:
New cover scans have been added to: Accolade, Activision, Attic, LucasArts
Other changes were made on these pages: Abersoft, Adventure International,
Binary Illusions, Cascade Mountain Publishing, DG Ware, Domark, Electric
Software, Gilsoft, Hooy Program, Horrorsoft, Incentive Software, Infocom,
Interceptor Micros, Looking Glass Studios, Mark Data Products, Mastertronic,
Neo Software, New World Computing, Ocean, Penguin Software, Piranha
Interactive, Players Primeur Software, PSS, Scott Adams #14, Sierra
Online, Soap Bubble Productions, Software 2000, Sophistic Chaos, Various
Enjoy this first update, more to come soon.
- Adventureland has moved to if-legends.org.
The new URL is http://www.if-legends.org/~adventure/.
After many years of excellent work from Hans Persson I've taken over
Adventureland to this new home. Hans will however still maintain a
mirror at the old URL (http://www.lysator.liu.se/adventure/).
I'll do my best to continue with Hans' pioneer work and hope you'll
enjoy this site as much as you loved the old Adventureland.
February 16, 2000
January 18, 2000
- Modified the following company pages:
- Added some links.
- Merged the Tandy, Tandy 1000, and Tandy 2000 categories into a general
Tandy category and added some historical
information about the machines.
- Folded the MC-10 category (with only one game listed) into the TRS-80
Color category and added historical information here as well.
- Added historical information about the various TRS-80 models and lumped the TRS-80, TRS-80 Model
I, TRS-80 Model II, and TRS-80 Model III categories together with
a note about what models the game ran on.
- I have finally added an author index.
Perhaps it should be split over more than one page, but at least there's
- I still have lots of information that I haven't had time to enter
into the database, but if I should keep on working until I had no
more backlog there would never be a new update.
January 4, 2000
- Cleaned up the front page a little, finally
adding the logo by Maike Liedtke.
- Modified the following company pages:
- Accolade (Law of the West)
- Activision (Lost Treasures
of Infocom, Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder, Santa Fe
Mysteries: Sacred Ground, Zork: Nemesis, Spycraft)
- Adventure International
- Attic (Ooze)
- Core Design (Heimdall, Heimdall
- The Digital Village
- Infocom (The Lurking Horror, Enchanter,
Sorcerer, Suspect, Planetfall)
- Larsoft (added The Rising of Salandra)
- Level 9 Computing (Colossal
Adventure, Adventure Quest, Dungeon Adventure, Snowball, Return
to Eden, The Worm in Paradise, Lords of Time, Red Moon, The Price
of Magik, Scapeghost, Lancelot)
- Magnetic Scrolls (Jinxter)
- Mainframe adventures
(Mystery Mansion - information about the port)
- Mastertronic (Kobyashi Naru)
- Novagen (The Mercenary
- PolarWare (Oo-Topos)
- Red Orb Entertainment
(The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time)
- Revolution (Beneath a Steel Sky)
- Sanctuary Woods (The Riddle
of Master Lu, The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time)
- SCR Adventures (Castle Blackstar)
- Sierra On-Line, Inc (updated
lots of games, added Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood
of the Damned, Space Quest Collection: Roger Wilco Unclogged)
- Starbyte (Crime Time, Soul Crystal)
- Star Dreams (Aural Quest, The
- Synapse Software (Essex,
Brimstone: The Dream of Gawain)
- Topologica Ltd (Countdown
to Doom, SpySnatcher, added download information for almost all
- Weltenschmiede (Das Stundenglad,
Die Kathedrale, Hexuma)
- Various companies (added
Zakil Wood, Oh Sh@#!)
- Added pages for Daydream, Potter Programs.
- Added more links, of course.
- Moved all old news items to a history
page since this page started to get a bit too long.
- Modified the code to distinguish between official company web pages
and fan-created pages about a company. Also moved all company-specific
links from the links page to the relevant
- Removed the bug that caused nested <a>-tags for computer listings
for games under certain conditions.
- Finally wrote the code to display information about one specific
computer version of a game. Lots of information that I have been saving
in the database for a long time is finally visible. Since this affects
all games, you'll have to look through all the pages if you want to
see all information that has been added this time. ;-)
May 25, 1999
- Added pages for Disney Software,
Legend Software, Miles Computing.
- Modified the pages for Activision,
Inc, Addison-Wesley (added Crack
of Doom), Adventure International
(split it into a page for each game series to cut down loading time
and added lots of (bad) images), Atlantis Software (added Sinbad), Attic (Ooze - Creepy Nites), Aventuras AD, Boldfield Limited Company, Brøderbund
Software (Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Where in Time
is Carmen Sandiego), Bug-Byte (added The Damsel and the Beast),
Cryo Interactive (Faust), Cyan (added a couple of platforms for Riven (making it the
first game that I list as available for the Playstation)), Delta 4 Software (The Big Sleaze), Domark Software (Castle Master, Total Eclipse), Exxos
(added Captain Blood), Free Spirit Software (added Last Inca), Gargoyle
Games, Infocom (Zork series), LucasArts (Maniac Mansion, Indiana Jones & the Last
Crusade), Mainframe adventures
(Nidus, Crobe, Quest of the Sangraal, Xenophobia), Melbourne House (added Asterix and the Magic Cauldron),
MicroIllusions (Romantic Encounters
at the Dome), Mirage Software, Mirrorsoft (added Andy Capp), Ocean (added Batman - The Caped Crusader),
Random House Software (The Alpine Encounter),
Sanctuary Woods (added Buried in
Time), Scorpio Software (added
Serpent from Hell), Sierra On-Line, Inc, Smart Egg Software (Rigel's Revenge), Spectrum
Holobyte (added Dondra - A New Baginning), Telarium Corporation (added Robin Hood and
some images), Usbourne, U. S. Gold (added Captain America).
- Added images to the pages for Access Software, Activision, Inc, Coktel Vision, Electronic Arts, Empire, Interplay Productions, Mindscape, Inc, Westwood Studios and probably some others.
- Added the Helping with
Adventureland page for people who want to help me create a better
- Did a couple of updates to the timeline. This is still very sketchy from 1987 and to
the present. Please help!
- Modified the FAQ page a little.
- Added a couple of links as usual. I know
there are quite a few dead links on that page, but I haven't gotten
around to going through that yet. Adding new information feels more
important that removing broken links.
April 20, 1999
- For the first time, the database file is well over half a megabyte.
- Corrected the timeline a little. Please
help me expand this! I need your suggestions as to what are the major
milestones in the history of interactive fiction.
- Updated the pages for Abstract
Concepts (Mindfighter), Access
Software (Tex Murphy series), Addison-Wesley (The Hobbit), Adventure International (Sorcerer of Claymorgue
Castle, Spiderman, added Cartridge Triple Pack), Adventure
Soft UK (Blizzard Pass), Artic
Computing (Planet of Death, Eye of Bain), Avalon
Hill (Empire of the Overmind, Lords of Karma), Bantam Imagic (I, Damiano), Boffo Games, Buffer Micros (added Buffer Adventure), Capstone
(added The Dark Half), CRL Group PLC (Bugsy), Cryo Interactive (Atlantis: The Lost Tales, KGB,
added The Forbidden City, Versailles 1685), Delta 4 Software (The Colour of Magic, The Boggit,
Bored of the Rings), Eighth Day (updated most of it), Empire (Dream Web), Epyx (The Robots of Dawn), Horrorsoft (added The Feeble Files), Brian Howarth (Waxworks), Imagine Software (added Alchemist), IMS
Software (added Ghoulies), Infocom (Zork I), Interceptor Micros (Token of Ghall, Forest
at the World's End, Jewels of Babylon, Heroes of Karn), Interplay Productions (added Future Wars,
Light and Darkness, Voyeur), Interstel (Earthrise), Legend Entertainment Company (Spellcasting
101: Sorcerers Get All the Girls, Eric the Unready, Gateway II: Homeworld),
Level 9 Computing (Adventure Quest, The Worm
in Paradise, Lords of Time, The Price of Magik, Emerald Isle, The
Saga of Erik the Viking, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4,
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Knight Orc, Scapeghost), Magnetic Scrolls (added cover blurbs to all the
games), Mainframe adventures
(added Castle), Mastertronic (Zzzz, Kobyashi Naru), Melbourne House (Classic Adventure, Dodgy Geezers,
Terrormolinos, Redhawk), Mindscape, Inc (added Dragon Lore 1, Radio
Shack (Pyramid 2000), The Ram Jam Corporation (Valkyrie 17),
Richard Shepherd Software
(Transylvanian Tower), Runesoft (Spoof), SCR Adventures (Castle Blackstar), Sierra On-Line, Inc (King's Quest IV, various
collections, added Dragon's Keep, Troll Tales), Sony Electronic Publishing (added Johnny
Mnemonic), Talent Computer
Systems, Telarium Corporation
(Fahrenheit 451, The Grand Adventure), Virgin Games (added Ghost Town, Circle of Blood,
Broken Sword), Various companies
(added The Assault, A To Snad Ne?!, Aural Quest, Buried in Time, Uppsjö
(the first game in the list for the Swedish ABC80 computer), Dr. Avaloe).
- Added a page for Ballsoft, Cybexlab Software, Dinamic Software, Electric Software, Five Ways Software Ltd, FSF Adventures, R. John Griffiths, Hodder & Stoughton, Marlin Games, Micromysteries, New Soft, Palas, RWAP Software, Software Customization, Software Projects, Static Software, Top Ten Hits, Xenon.
- Added a couple of links, of course.
March 9, 1999
- Modified the entries for Abersoft (added
Adventure), Accolade (Altered Destiny,
Addison-Wesley (added The Hobbit,
The Fellowship of the Ring, and Shadows of Mordor), Adventure International (Questprobe, San
Francisco 1906), Adventure Soft UK (Kayleth, Temple of Terror,
added Terraquake), Artic Computing,
Automata UK Ltd (Pimania, Crusoe),
Cinemaware (removed all the games (arcade strategy)), Cryo
Interactive (added KGB), Free
Spirit Software, FTL (removed Dungeon Master
(RPG)), Gargoyle Games (added Heavy
on the Magick), Gilsoft
(Africa Gardens, added The Adventures of Barsak the Dwarf), GT Interactive Software (added S.P.Q.R.
The Empire's Darkest Hour), Hooy-Program, ICOM Simulations, Inc (added Shadowgate
for the Nintendo Gameboy Color - that's a platform I thought I'd never
see here), Infogrames (added Pilgrim:
Faith as a Weapon, Timegate: Knight's Chase), Interceptor Micros (added After Shock), Interplay
Productions (Borrowed Time, Mindshadow, Tass Times in Tonetown,
The Tracer Sanction), Lankhor (added URL),
LucasArts (Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Indiana Jones III:
The Quest for the Holy Grail, removed Indiana Jones Desktop Adventures
(small arcade game)), Lumpsoft (The Key
to Time), Jim MacBrayne (added The
Mission), Magnetic Scrolls (intro
text, added Amstrad PCW to a few games), Mainframe adventures (Mystery Mansion), Mark
Data Products (major update including a complete set of covers),
Med Systems Software (Lucifer's Realm), MicroProse
(removed Dark Lands (RPG)), Mindscape,
Inc (added John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles), Ocean
(Hook), Penguin Software Inc.
(intro), Radarsoft (added Aurum, Noach
3000, and Hollanditis), Sierra
On-Line, Inc (Castle of Dr. Brain, Larry VI, Phantasmagoria, Shivers
II: Harvest of Souls, Roberta Williams Anthology, Freddy Pharkas,
Frontier Pharmacist, added Pepper's Adventures in Time, removed Donald
Duck's Playground (educational arcade game)), Smart Egg Software (Federation), Tsunami (added Ringworld), Tynesoft (Super Gran), Ubi Soft Entertainment (B. A. T.), Various
companies (added Zenos).
- Added pages for Amazing Media,
Apogee, Capstone, CLOAD,
Interstel, Ruppelware, Sanctuary Woods, Sales Curve Interactive, Snille Publishing, Union Logic (moved Teen Agent to here from Various).
- Added some links.
- Squashed a bug in my scripts that caused incorrect links from subpages
like for King's Quest and
another one that caused incorrect links to subpages from the single-computer
February 22, 1999
- Finally started to work on a time line
for adventure games. This is still very much a work in progress, but
any feedback is appreciated. I want it to contain the most significant
events from the history of adventure games.
- Modified the pages for Access Software
(updated Countdown, images for Tex Murphy), Accolade (images), Activision, Inc (images), Angelsoft, Inc (Stephen King's The Mist), Coktel
Vision (added Prophecy), Cyan, Cyberdreams (images), Dynamix (Rise of the Dragon, added David Wolf Secret Agent),
Infocom (letter from Activision), Infogrames,
Interplay Productions, Legend Entertainment Company, Level
9 Computing (massive update thanks to the information in Level9_Facts.txt),
LucasArts (added quite a few images,
added Monkey Madness, updated some of the games), Melbourne House, MicroProse (updated Dark Earth, Pirates! Gold, Return
of the Phantom), Mindscape, Inc
(added Aliens), Sierra On-Line,
Inc (lots of updates all over the place), Simon and Schuster (added Star Trek: The Promethean
Prophecy), Softside, Telarium
Corporation (cover for Below the Root), Westwood
Studios (two Kyrandia images), Various companies.
- Added new pages for Hooy-Program,
Satchel Software, Spectrum Holobyte, Take 2, Tsunami, Viacom New Media.
- Removed The Legacy: Realm of Terror from MicroProse (RPG).
- Added more links.
- Split the image archive into several files to make it easier to
February 6, 1999
- Modified the entries for Abersoft, Abstract Concepts, Access Software, Acclaim Distribution Inc (added complete
name and address), Adventure International (major overhaul
of the company description, updated Adventureland, Pirate's
Impossible, The Count), Arla, Artic Computing,
Avant-Garde Creations (updated
everything), Carnell Software, Cascade Mountain Publishing (Dr. Dumont's
Wild P.A.R.T.I.), Coktel Vision,
Cyberdreams, Datasoft, Inc (Sands of Egypt), Delta 4 Software (copyright information), Eldritch
Games Ltd, Electronic Arts,
First Row Software, Gremlin Graphics (Tinderbox), Hewson Consultants, Infogrames (the Alone in the Dark series), Legend
Entertainment Company (updated everything), LucasArts (The Dig, minor additions to many of the games),
Mainframe adventures (added
an Altair 8800 port and some
other things to Adventure
and a pointer to a partial port of Mystery Mansion), Med
Systems Software (ASYLUM), Mountain Valley Software (Himalayan Odyssey),
Phoenix Software (Adventure in Time, Birth
of the Phoenix, Queen
of Phobos), Players Premier
Software, Pulse Entertainment
Inc (added complete name and address, updated Bad Mojo), Quicksilva, Revolution, Richard Shepherd Software, Severn
Software, Sierra On-Line, Inc (added lots of information
all over the place, rewrote the program to generate one page for each
series, removed Sorcerian), Sirius Software (updated everything), Southern
Software, Talent Computer Systems, Taskset, Telarium Corporation (updated The Scoop and Amazon), Trilobyte, U. S. Gold,
- Added new pages for Blue Line Studios,
Lumpsoft, Zenobi Software.
- Added one or more images to the following pages: Abersoft, Activision, Inc, Artic Computing, Avalon Hill, Cryo Interactive, Cyan, Cyberdreams, Delta
4 Software, Infocom (now has a complete set of pictures), Infogrames,
Legend Entertainment Company (now
only missing Star Control III), LucasArts, Lumpsoft, Magnetic Scrolls (now complete), Sierra On-Line, Inc (added quite a few, lots
still missing), Talent Computer Systems, Telarium Corporation, Trilobyte, Westwood Studios (Blade Runner).
- Removed The Legacy: Realm of Terror from the Magnetic Scrolls page (RPG), Sorcerian from Sierra
On-Line, Inc (RPG).
- Fixed a bug in the creation of the text version of the game list
that caused the last specified game creator to be used for any games
that didn't have a game creator specified.
- Added some new links.
- Added a number of links to computer museums to the computer page.
- Added a couple of files to the download page.
- Added code to make it possible to split large companies over several
pages. See Sierra On-Line, Inc
for an example.
- I'm now down to something like 150KB mail backlog. On the other
hand, the SGML database just passed 400KB heading upwards.
January 24, 1999
- This is without any doubt the largest single update ever, and I
still have about a quarter of a megabyte of mail left that I haven't
entered into the database yet. Keep it coming!
- Changed the name of the pages from "Adventure Game List" to "Adventureland".
Now I only need someone to draw me a nice logo...
- Modified the entries for Abstract
Concepts, Accolade, Acornsoft, Activision, Inc., Adventure International UK, A
& F Software, Artic Computer, Avalon Hill, Brøderbund Software, Bug-Byte, Carnell Software, Chameleon Software, Codemasters, Coktel Vision, Commodore, Core Design,
Creative Sparks, CRL Group PLC, Cryo Interactive, Delphine Software, Delta 4 Software, Domark Software, Duckworth, Dynamix, English Software, Epic Software, Epyx, Firebird,
Software, Horrorsoft, Brian Howarth, ICOM Simulations, Inc, Incentive Software, Infocom (just a broken link), Interceptor Micros, Interplay Productions, Lankhor, The Learning Company, Level 9 Computing, Magnetic Scrolls, Mark Data Products, Martech, Melbourne House, Microdeal, MicroIllusions, Micro Power, Mindscape, Inc, Mirrorsoft, Mogul Software, Number 9 Software, Oxford Digital Exterprises, Penguin
Software Inc., Players Premier Software, Quicksilva, Robico Software, Runesoft, Salamander Software, SCR Adventures, Sierra On-Line, Inc, Smart Egg Software, Softgold, Superior Software, Taskset, Telarium Corporation, Tynesoft, Ubi Soft Entertainment, Westwood, Various companies.
- Added pages for Acclaim,
Boldfield Limited Company (first game
for the Jupiter Ace computer
in the list), Cascade Mountain Publishing, Comsoft,
Cyan, Dream Software,
Games Machine Ltd, Harddata,
Imperial Software, Looking Glass Studios, Jim Mahaffey (the first games in the list for the
Psion Organiser II),
Micrograf, Nemesis, No Man's Land,
Kevin O'Shea, Phipps Associates, Piranha Interactive Publishing,
Progressive Peripherals & Software,
Pulse, Samurai Software, Red Orb Entertainment, Scorpio Software, Soap Bubble Productions, Soft Concern, Spoof Software, Star Dreams, Talent, THQ Inc.
- Added one or more image to the following pages: Abstract Concepts, Acornsoft, Activision, Inc, Adventure International, Artic Computing, Avalon Hill, Brøderbund Software, Carnell Software, CCS, Codemasters, Delta
4 Software, Digital Fantasia, Firebird, Gargoyle Games, Hewson Consultants, Imagine Software, Incentive Software, Level 9 Computing, Magnetic Scrolls, Micro Power, Mikrogen, Mirrorsoft, Mosaic Publishing, Ocean, Players Premier Software, Rainbird Entertainment, Sierra On-Line, Inc, SilverSoft, Tansoft, Topologika Ltd, U. S. Gold. Speaking of cover scans, I'm still looking
for Beyond Zork, Zork Zero and Shogun from Infocom which should be
pretty common. I'm also a bit surprised that so few covers from for
instance Adventure International, Brian Howarth, or Sierra On-Line
have come my way. It seems it's easier to get cover scans of really
obscure 8-bit games.
- Finally fixed the code so that my notes in the database on what
person did what on a game are transferred to the pages. See the Magnetic Scrolls page for an example.
- Changed the companies page so that the
country for each company is printed after the name. As you can see
there are lots of companies that I don't know which country they belong
in. Please help!
- Added some new stuff to the link page.
I also sorted the links a bit.
- Removed The Ring of Darkness and The Return of the Ring (role-playing
games) from Wintersoft, Deus Ex Machine
from Automata UK Ltd, and The Final
Assault (simulator) from Epyx.
- Added better descriptions for the Amstrad CPC and Amstrad PCW computers. Folded the Schneider
CPC game (just one) into Amstrad CPC. Also improved the documentation
of the Sinclair computers (ZX81, Spectrum, and Sinclair QL) and moved a couple of games
listed as for Timex-Sinclair (American clones) of Sinclair machines
to the main categories. Also changed all Spectrum/Spectrum 48K/Spectrum
128K/Spectrum +3 to the Spectrum category (keeping the information,
even though it's not visible on the page right now -- it'll get there
- Modified the download page so that you
can now download the HTML pages
and the images separately.
- The number of games for the Amstrad have more than doubled from 23 to 66.
The problem is that I really would like these games to go in either
the Amstrad CPC or the Amstrad
PCW category. Please help here if you can.
- Added the new game type Multiple choice for the games where
you only have a list of predefined actions to choose from at any point.
October 13, 1998
- Modified the entries for Adventure International, Alternative Software, Avalon Hill, CRL Group PLC, Enigma Variations, Epyx, Firebird,
Brian Howarth, Infocom, Kayde Software,
Level 9 Computing, Magnetic
Scrolls, Mastertronic, Melbourne House, Ocean, Personal
Software, Quicksilva, Smart Egg Software, Telarium Corporation, Topologika Ltd, U. S. Gold.
- Added entries for 3P Soft, Bytepack, CCS, Cobra Computer Software, Deltoid Developments, DT Soft, Elfin Software Ltd, F+K Ware, Fridaysoft, JJK Research Limited, Jsj Soft Ltd, Moltech Software, Odyssee, Players Premier Software, Rainbow Software, Shadow Software, Shards Software, UK Lead, Videofex, Whalkira
Software, Wrightchoice Software, Zafiro Software.
- Added at least one image to each of the following companies: CRL Group PLC, Legend, Legend Entertainment Company, Mastertronic,
The Ram Jam Corporation, Sierra On-Line, Inc.
- Added an FAQ question about what I really
mean by "Adventure game". Not that it's conclusive, but at least it
gives you (and me!) some idea of what I mean.
- I have added code to handle pointers to reviews of games and pointers
to off-site downloads of games.
October 4, 1998
- Added pictures for Zork I-III from Infocom. There are still no pictures for Beyond Zork,
Zork Zero, and Shogun, though. Also added one or more pictures to
the Adventions and SophistiChaos Game Design entries.
- Updated the entries for Abstract
Concepts, Access Software,
Adventure International, Atlantis Software, Beyond, Codemasters, Domark Software, Hayden Software, Infogrames, Interplay Productions, Legend Entertainment Company, LucasArts,
Mainframe adventures, MicroProse, Mogul Software, Paragon Software Corporation, Radio
Shack, Revolution, Sierra On-Line, Inc (yes, this time as well),
Simon and Schuster, Sir-Tech,
Terminal Software, Various companies, Victory Software Company, Westwood.
- Added new pages for Aventuras AD,
Chameleon Software (moved some
games from Adventure International here), Cinemaware,
Cyco Automatisering, Gargoyle Games, GT Interactive Software, Neo Software, New World Computing, PK Software, Radarsoft, SSI.
- Added bits of technical information for a few of the computer types.
There are still lots of computers that don't have any information,
- Added still more things to the link page.
- Downloaded a new 39K mail batch (lots of incoming mail at the moment).
The total backlog is still down from 94K to 9K.
- For the first time, this list has passed the 1000 games mark! There
are currently 1101 games in the list, distributed among 302 companies.
- I've finally managed to catch up with the backlog of mail, so hopefully
there won't be another update for a month or so now.
September 28, 1998
- Updated the entries for Access Software,
A & F Software, Argus Press Software, Core Design, Datasoft, Inc, Haunt (the source to Haunt has been
located and posted to the if-archive), Humbug Software/Graham Cluley, IBM,
Infocom (finally added platform information), Level
9 Computing, LucasArts, Microdeal, Mosaic Publishing, Ocean, Penguin Software Inc, Psygnosis, PolarWare, Quicksilva, Salamander Software, Severn Software, Sierra On-Line, Inc (huge update), Telarium
Corporation, Various companies, Wintersoft.
- Added pages for A & B Computing
Magazine, Chymesoft, FGC, Haresoft, HGC, IMS, Kayde, Kenema, Mark Data Products, Mirage, PK Soft, Quarkdata, Softalk Magazine, Softside, Spectral Associates, Tansoft, Tevward Microtech.
- Added a page about the Infocom books.
- Added a textfile with all the information about games and companies
that you can download and print. It's available from the download page (which is also new).
- Added one or more pictures to each of the following companies: Accolade, Adventure International UK, Adventure
Soft UK, Artic Computing, Baudville Software, Bug-Byte, Core
Design, Cyberdreams, Datasoft, Inc, Delta 4 Software, Dynabyte, Firebird, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson
Consultants, Infocom, Level 9 Computing, Magnetic Scrolls, Mastertronic, Med Systems Software, Melbourne House, Palace Software, Personal Software, Radio Shack, Richard Shepherd Software, Sierra
On-Line, Inc. Now I don't have any more pictures lying around
that I haven't added. If you still see a game without a cover scan,
please send me a picture!
- Added a number of things to the link page.
- The Oric-1 coverage increased
from 22 games to 54. It's still not a huge amount, but it's more than
- Even though I downloaded a new 50K batch of mails, the total backlog
has now shrunk from 122K to 94K.
- The SGML file containing the database is today 287485 bytes long.
September 25, 1998
- I finally got my thumb out and implemented a simple search engine
for the database. You can now search for a game if you know (parts
of) its title, company name, year or type. There are still lots of
games that don't have year or game type specified. These don't show
up when you search. Please help to fill in the blanks.
- After a suggestion from Jacob Gunness, I have decided to start a
mailing list for people who want to be notified each time I update
these pages (probably something like once a month). Just send me a message if you want to be on
- Updated the entries for Adventure International, Avalon Hill, Baudville Software, Cyberdreams, Datasoft, Domark Software, Dynabyte, Electronic Arts, FTL, Gremlin Graphics, Brian
Howarth, Infocom, Interceptor Micros, Interplay Productions, The Learning Company, Level 9 Computing, Mastertronic, Med Systems Software, Melbourne House, Micro Power, Mosaic Publishing, Palace Software, Phoenix Software, Polarware, Richard Shephard Software, Sentient
Software, Sierra On-Line, Inc, Sirius Software, Superior Software, Telarium Corporation, Tynesoft, Ultrasoft, Various companies.
- Added pages for Access Software,
A & F Software, Alternative Software, Ariolasoft, Blue Ribbon,
Dragon Data, Gilsoft, Inscape,
LK Avalon, T. J. A. Thurman, Trilobyte.
- Added Atari 8-bit as a platform
to lots of games, and put all the various models of 8-bit Ataris under
- The BBC computer has also gotten
lots of games added to it.
- I have added some more stuff to the page about Scott Adams Adventure #14 (again).
- There's still a 122K backlog of mail that I haven't entered into
the database, but I'm still working on it. Not to mention that I have
a lot of pictures to put in, but I have to decode them from the mail
messages while at work and I keep forgetting that, the few times I
have minutes to spare. In spite of this lagging, this is still the
largest update to the list ever (and I made another one last week!).
- For the first time since I started this list, the Commodore 64,
my own first computer, is not the single best-supported platform.
With 309 games listed for both that and the PC, they now tie for the
August 19, 1998
- Updated the entries for Adventure International, Coktel Vision, Core Design, Cyberdreams, Exxos, Gremlin Software/Exile Designs, Horrorsoft,
ICOM Simulations, Inc, Lankhor, Legend Entertainment Company, Level
9 Computing, Mindscape, Inc,
Paragon Software Corporation, Pendulo
Estudios, Phoenix Software,
PolarWare, Psygnosis, Sierra On-Line, Inc (as usual), Telarium Corporation.
- Added entries for Application Services Company, Inc,
- I have added some more stuff to the page about Scott Adams Adventure #14.
July 23, 1998
- Re-did the layout of the pages a little and hopefully improved the
look of things.
- Added the FAQ page. We'll see if it manages
to do any good... I'm getting a bit tired of people mailing me to
ask where they can download Sierra games from.
- The site won its first award from something called Elite Gaming Site.
- Updated the pages from Accolade, Activision, Inc, Adventure International, Adventure Soft UK, Angelsoft, Inc, Brøderbund Software, Cognetics Corporation, Delphine Software, Digital Concepts, Dynamix, Eldritch Games Ltd, Electronic Arts, Empire, First Row Software,
Free Spirit Software, Horrorsoft.html,
ICOM Simulations, Inc., Infogrames, Interplay Productions, The Learning Company, Mainframe adventures, MicroIllusions, MicroProse, Sierra On-Line, Inc, Telarium Corporation, and Various companies and probably a few others
that I have forgotten to note here.
- Added pages for Airwave Adventures,
Castleworls Gameware, Jor-And,
Merit Software, Random House, Salamander Software, Sony Electronic Publishing, and South
April 8, 1998
- The fifth anniversary of this list on the Internet, which I failed
to remember in time...
December 18, 1997
- Updated the pages for Westwood,
Magnetic Scrolls, Crystalware, LucasArts, Brian Howarth, Lankhor, Mastertronic, Delphine Software, Adventure International, Interplay Productions, Sierra On-Line, Inc, Accolade, Coktel Vision,
Adventure Soft UK, Mainframe adventures, Hayden Software, Psygnosis, Telarium Corporation, Dynabyte, Horrorsoft, Cyberdreams, Revolution.
- Finally added a link page.
- The machines page can now include a description of the computer,
as well as a list of the games. There are only a couple of examples yet (please send me more!).
- I still have a 60KB file of saved messages with updates that I don't
have time to enter right now. Still, I figure posting some of the
updates is better than letting all the information wait until I have
time to enter all of it.
December 16, 1997
- Added lots of data for Amigas.
- Added new pages for Apocalypse, Art Department, Attic, Binary
Illusions, Bomico, Coktel Vision, Core Design, Cosmi, Dynabyte, Dynamix, Ego Software,
Empire, Enigma Variations, Exxos, Free Spirit Software,
Gainstar, Game Crafters, IntraCorp, Volker Lanz,
LBS, Lifestyle, Mac Brayne,
Mirrorsoft, Palace Software, Panther Games, Prism Leisure, PSS, Readysoft, Silverbyte, Spacecom, Time Warp, UBI
Soft, and United Software.
September 20, 1997
- Added new pages for Wintersoft, Personal Software, Electric Transit, and The Learning Company.
- Updated the pages for Novagen,
Activision, Inc, Brøderbund Software, Automata UK Ltd, Sierra On-Line, Inc, Microdeal, Magnetic Scrolls, EduWare Services, Inc, Cyberdreams, Bantam Imagic, Softgold, Mountain Valley Software, and Telarium
September 8, 1997
- Rewrote the computer index to have one page for each computer.
- Created a page about the mystery concerning Scott Adams Adventure #14.
June 29, 1997
June 2, 1997
- It is now possible to download
the entire set of web pages. These webpages contain macros for the
Roxen webserver, but they're still good for off-line
- Cleaned up almost all mail that has accumulated over the summer,
thus updating the entries for Micro Fun,
Sierra On-Line, Inc, Melbourne House, Bug-Byte, Accolade, Sir-Tech, Activision, Inc, Automata UK Ltd, Magnetic Scrolls, Adventure International, Level 9 Computing, Mastertronic, and Interplay Productions.
- The SGML file containing the database is today 188642 bytes long.
May 25, 1997
May 20, 1997
- It should now be easier to navigate with a non-frames browser (but
I don't have one so I can't test it - let me know if it doesnt' work).
- Added entries for Mogul, Creative Sparks, Oxford Digital Enterprises, SilverSoft,
and Program Power.
- Updated the entries for Interplay Productions, Adventure International, Adventure Soft UK, Robico Software, Topologika Ltd, Acornsoft, Lothlorien, Humbug Software, Telarium Corporation, Delta 4 Software, and Various companies.
- Added a to do page.
- Now incorporates a complete mirror of Peter Scheyen's pages about Infocom.
- Moved the page to a new address. The URL is now http://www.lysator.liu.se/adventure/
- Added the You Can Help page.
- Started to add scans of game covers. See Infocom for an example (the example, actually).
- I present the new version of the Adventure Game List. This version
now has a separate web page for each company and some links between
- The data is now stored in an SGML database. This is then processed
by sgmls and a Perl script of my own devising to produce the web pages.
- This new version of the file has been updated (finally) with most
of the 800KB of data that has been accumulating over the years when
no updates have been done. OK, a few things are still left in the
file but they need some checking up before they can be added.
- Maintenance begins to become difficult and eventually no updates
are made to the file for a couple of years. Updates still trickle
in, but are only put away in a file for safekeeping.
- I start to experiment with creating a separate web page for each
company so that the page won't take forever to load. A version of
this is completed and put on the web, but only as a link from the
normal version and marked as experimental.
May 19, 1994
- I create an incredibly simple and stupid script that converts my
text version of the file to a single gigantic web page.
April 17, 1994
- The file is now 129KB in size.
December 16, 1993
October 20, 1993
- An 81KB version is posted.
July 28, 1993
- A 34KB version is posted.
- I have begun to classify the games
- This is the first version that lists my own game, Enhanced :-)
July 23, 1993
- The next version of the file is posted, only five days after the
first one. The file has already grown in size to 18K.
- There are still some wonderful mixups in here. Under the heading
Adventure International, for instance, is one listing stating: "Adventure
1-12. For Atari 400/800." Under the heading Scott Adams are some more
games, including at least Adventureland. Oh well.
- I post the list on rec.games.int-fiction and ask for additions.
I got lots, and when reading the additions, even more things bubbled
up in my memory and got added as well.
- The first version I posted was
only 6KB, contained information about four different companies and
didn't even list them in alphabetical order.
- For some forgotten reason, I start to write down everything I remember
about the different adventure games I have played over the years and
circulate the list to a few friends for some additions.