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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Homebrewed DS Text Adventures

We can't tell you to download them (in fact, we'll tell you not to), but we can definitely applaud the technical achievement. A homebrew genius called papafuji has ported a massive selection of classic text adventures and early graphic adventure games to the DS, including all of Infocom's text adventures and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams' interactive fiction.

These aren't just barebones ports, either: you can save games, and you can choose to enter text via an onscreen keyboard or handwriting input! And the game engine contains shorthand functionality for common commands like cardinal directions and "get".
-- Text adventures arrive on the DS via unofficial channels [DS Fanboy]

The Brother forwarded that little tidbit last night. Dang, why does this have to be homebrew? I've got a Hotel Dusk review in the hopper, trying to get enough time to get farther in the game ... but doesn't that game show that the DS could be a viable market for this? Give me an Infocom classics on the DS any day of the week.


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I'm going to be picking up a homebrew solution for my DS within the next month or so. Offerings like this, SCUMM, and the productivity apps cropping up are becoming far too tempting to ignore for much longer.

Josh said...

This kinda dovetails with the post today on the big 3. I love Nintendo's hardware, but I'm starting to get bored with the software.