This May Be The Coolest Way To Play Zork

This May Be The Coolest Way To Play Zork

Or is it the dorkiest? However you want to label it, the ability to play Infocom text adventures like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with a typewriter is without a doubt neat.

This is Automatypewriter, a "new way to experience interactive fiction," according to its creator Jonathan M. Guberman. Built with custom software designed by Guberman's collaborator Jim Munroe, Automatypewriter turns an old Smith Corona electric typewriter into a game terminal, outputting text by typing automatically and interpreting text typed by players.

Guberman explains how the whole thing works in the Automatypewriter project page.

A new way to interact with fiction [Up Not North via Make]


  • Just think in 10years you could be playing those interactive typewriter games on some kind of personal computer…

    jokes aside very cool and interesting project, a little narration would have been nice, but the idea and develop are really good. would definitely be fun to check out.

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but if my memory serves me correctly, this is how you used to often “have” to play these games right? (ie this is not new)

    I certainly recall playing IF in this way when I was much younger.

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