What is the name of this text-based game from the 80s?

Lisa Gardiner May 24, 2013
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You were a detective walking through a house, a murder had been committed. Everything you did was performed by typing in text, for example: “open suitcase”. There was a mysterious figure that always killed you randomly before you could solve anything. You could try and do things to the computer and what ever you type in it seemed to have a response but nothing worked.

“Kick figure” answer was “feet won’t work here”; “bite figure” answer would come back “teeth don’t work here”. If you said “kill figure” I think it answered “your gun has no bullets” and if you got mad and said “f*** figure”, the screen would change to “You have entered the corridors of filth mouth” and you couldn’t leave until you said “sorry”.

So… what game is this?

  1. Justin Pot
    June 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Sounds like Deadline, an Infocom classic.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadline_(video_game)

    Hope this is it, but if not you really should check out most of what Infocom made. They're all great. And there's an entire community on the web still making text-based games like this – get started at http://ifdb.tads.org/ to find hundreds of great free games.

  2. Jay H
    May 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    "Dragon" something I think....Old computer game....wish I could remember more!
    Sound maddeningly familiar!

  3. ha14
    May 24, 2013 at 10:03 am
  4. Alan Wade
    May 24, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Here is a list. Have a look through and see if anything rings a bell:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_text-based_computer_games

  5. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 24, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Would request you to try the forum, as they seem pretty expert and successful in finding old game names. Post the query there, as you may get an answer pretty fast. The link is http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.166417-Old-Games-you-remember-playing-but-cant-remember-the-name-of?page=1