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To play most modern (post-1993ish) interactive fiction games (or text adventures), you need an interpreter, a program to run such games. Which interpreter depends on two things: the type of game you're playing and the type of computer system you're using. The following list is organized by game type.
This page derived huge amounts of help from Fredrik Ramsberg's Beginner's Guide to Playing Interactive Fiction, as well as from SteveG's FAQ on playing interactive fiction games. Thank you!
(.z5, .z8, .z3, .z6, .dat) Download a free interpreter for your system:
(.gam, .t3) Download a free interpreter for your system:
(.ulx, .blb) Download a free interpreter for your system:
(.hex) Download a free interpreter for your system:
(.taf) Download a free interpreter for your system:
(.acd, .dat) The following interpreters work for Alan games version
2.7 to 2.8. For 2.6 or earlier, go
to the Alan home page, then click on "download", or consult
IF archive's set of Alan interpreters.
(.d$$, .da1, .da2, etc.) An MS-DOS program is usually included with
an AGT game. Agility is an alternative program which can play most AGT
games better than that original software and is available for many different
types of computer: