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Adventure Game Databases

Where To Buy Games

Getting Help With Games

Online Adventure Game Magazines

Specific Game Websites

Interactive Fiction (Text Adventures)

Game Box Photos Plus

Game Development
Websites devoted to helping you and me develop our own games



Adventure Game Databases


  • PAGODA - This is an online database of links for graphic adventure games maintained by Peter Rootham-Smith. It can be searched by years, developers, publishers or use of the alphabet.  There are over 1500 games presently listed.



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    Getting Help With Games


  • Adventure Games Coalition  The Adventure Games Coalition is a worldwide group of websites that all support the Adventure Game genre.  If you are looking for walkthroughs, cheats, demos, or patches, plus reviews, previews, articles, and more about Adventure Games, just visit these sites.  They are all devoted to promoting Adventure Games.



  • Balmoral Software  Excellent walkthroughs for many of the games listed on Mr. Bill's Game Reviews.  They also list and describe those games that they consider the Top 10 Best Adventure Games Of All Time.


  • GameBoomers  This website was designed by adventure gamers for adventure gamers.  Here you can find discussion boards (forums) where members help each other by providing hints or solutions to those stuck in a game, and also help to get a game installed and/or running correctly.  The site also has walkthroughs, reviews, and previews for many adventure games as well as for other genres.  Another wonderful aspect of this website is the music and other memorabilia located there that is associated with the 'Baby Boomer' era.


  • Games Over  Bert Jamin's website, who says  "Stuck in a game?  Even after days you can't get any further?  No sweat!  Go to my Walkthroughs to find the complete walkthrough that you need for the game.  You will find walkthroughs for almost every game (older games as well as the very newest games)!  And of course I keep the walkthroughs as up to date as possible." 


  • Inferno's Adventures  Inferno's website is primarily devoted to helping XP owners know what they must do to play all those older games under Windows XP.  Inferno and others have written a setup walkthrough for each game that guides you step by step through the procedure that will get the game running.  It includes a list of games that will or won't run under XP, and a library of links for finding additional help.


  • Mystery Manor Adventure  This beautiful site provides reviews, screenshots, saved games, walkthroughs, music and much more for many many adventure games.


  • The Spoiler Center  Provides a very large number of walkthroughs for games of all genres.  Walkthroughs for most of the games that are on Mr. Bill's website can be found here.


  • Steve's XP Games Corner  Provides very thorough descriptions and guides on how you can get most older games to run under windows XP (maybe Vista) by either making certain adjustments to your XP operating system or by using the following special emulator programs: DOSBox, ScummVM, Virtual PC and VDMSound.


  • Universal Hint System  The Universal Hint System ($20 registration fee) provides a hint system that only gives hints as you need them.  Less apt to spoil your game than by using walkthroughs.  They have hint files available for hundreds of games.  You can download a free trial version to see if it is right for you, but you will only be able to read maybe two thirds of the hints for newer games unless you register the trial version (after which they will send you a code number to unlock the full version for all games).  Most of the older games hint files are free for download, and all UHS files are free for online viewing.  The downloaded UHS reader and hint file is my favorite way to get help.


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    Online Adventure Game Magazines


  • Adventure Classic Gaming  Adventure Classic Gaming is the premiere online resource dedicated to classic and retro adventure gaming, covering both classic adventure games and interactive fiction on all computer and console gaming platforms.


  • Adventure Gamers  An online adventure gaming magazine with reviews, previews, and editorials dealing primarily with adventure games and other closely related genres.  They are providing numerous free Downloads, an Online Chat, and a Helpdesk where you can download the latest hint files for the Universal Hint System Reader, and find links to other sites' walkthroughs for your favorite adventure games.


  • The Adventure Games Hall of Fame  This site, developed by Zoltan Ormandi, specializes in reviewing primarily adventure games.  In addition to his large number of reviews, Zoly also provides screenshots, walkthroughs and helpful links with each review.


  • Adventure Point  "An extremely useful resource for getting info on over 1200 graphic and text adventure games. Each graphic adventure in the extensive database has its own page and includes screenshots, a brief synopsis of what the game is like, plus a star rating. An interesting, and novel, approach involves listing adventure games by sub-category; puzzle, story, history, educational .... -type game, etc.."


  • GameBoomers  This website was designed by adventure gamers for adventure gamers.  Here you can find discussion boards (forums) where members help each other by providing hints or solutions to those stuck in a game, and also help to get a game installed and/or running correctly.  The site also has walkthroughs, reviews, and previews for many adventure games as well as for other genres.  Another wonderful aspect of this website is the music and other memorabilia located there that is associated with the 'Baby Boomer' era.


  • Just Adventure +  An online magazine specializing in reviewing adventure games.  They provide reviews, previews, articles, interviews, a message board and a number of interesting links.


  • Metzomagic.com  Metzomagic has archived all reviews, walkthroughs, etc from one of the oldest and best online gaming magazines ever, that being Quandary who recently closed their doors, so to speak. Thank you Metzomagic. His website specializes in reviewing adventure and role-playing games, plus providing some walkthroughs, strategy guides and a number of helpful links.  He also publishes some of the best and most thought-provoking editorials and interviews that you will ever read.


  • Mystery Manor Adventure  This beautiful site provides reviews, screenshots, saved games, walkthroughs, music and much more for many many adventure games.


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    Specific Game Websites


  • Colossal Cave Adventure Page  The very first adventure game ever developed for the computer ("interactive fiction"), way back in the early 1970s by William Crowther.  Here you can download the game for yourself, as well as get maps and walkthroughs for it.


  • Discworld Game Pages  Wonderful site about the 3 Discworld games that are reviewed on our site.  Music, pictures, free downloads, walkthroughs, hint files and much more.  Enjoy!


  • Wonderful World of Zork  Links to many of the wonderful sites that were created in honor of Zork (the GUE or Great Underground Empire), that wonderful world created by Infocom in the late 1970s.  So far there have been 12 games produced that are related to the world of Zork (9 text and 3 graphical adventures).


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    Interactive Fiction (Text Adventures - Minimal to No Graphics)


  • Baf's Guide To The Interactive Archive  Reviews hundreds of text adventure games, most of which can be downloaded as freeware.  Includes games starting with the very first adventure game ever produced for the computer in 1968-72 which was called 'Adventure' (also known as 'Colossal Cave') up through the newest text adventures being produced today.


  • The INFOCOM Homepage  If there is anything that you want to know about Infocom (the exciting computer gaming company of the 1970s and 1980s), then this is the site to visit.  Walkthroughs, maps, etc are available for all of the games from Infocom.  This company was the creator of the wonderful Zork world (the GUE or Great Underground Empire), which was the first commercial game ever produced for the computer.  Enjoy!


  • PDD's Adventure Page  Provides the history of interactive fiction, many important interactive fiction links, information about many early companies that produced interactive fiction, and many free downloads of interactive fiction games.


  • XYZZY News  Provides many wonderful articles about text adventure games, from the very first adventure game ever produced for the computer in 1968-72 called 'Adventure' (also known as 'Colossal Cave') up through the newest text adventures being produced today.  As a matter of fact this site encourages the development of new text adventure games by hosting the annual XYZZY Awards.  Their site also provides reviews, walkthroughs, hints, help and much more.  Great site!


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    Game Box Photos Plus


  • Adventure's Index  This website, created by Adreas Papathanasopoulos, lists all PC games that are available in English from 1984 to the present. Each game listed has beautiful pictures of the game box (front and back) as well as pictures of all the contents within the game box. Not included: text adventures, freeware, kids games, anthologies, reprints, Collector's Editions, episodic (chapter) downloads and casual adventures. The website is in Greek, but is associated with Google's translator and therefore can be viewed in many different languages. Just scroll down his home page until you see (on the left side) where you can choose your language.



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    Game Development

    Sites devoted to helping you and me develop our own game


  • Adventure Game Studio  Adventure Game Studio (AGS for short) is a free program that allows you to create your own point-and-click adventure games, similar to the early 90's Sierra and Lucasarts adventures. It consists of an easy-to-use development environment, and run-time engine.

  • Adventure Maker  Adventure Maker is a free innovative toolkit for Windows that allows creating point-and-click games and multimedia software in minutes, without any scripting or programming. You can choose between creating software for Windows and for PSP.

  • Game Maker  Do you want to develop computer games without spending countless hours learning how to become a programmer? Game Maker allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code.

  • Liberty Basic  Liberty BASIC has many built in graphics commands including a sprite animation engine suitable for creating games. It also can play MIDI music files and wav audio files and read a joystick, the mouse and a keyboard.


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