Someone Is Making A Cyberpunk Text Adventure Game. In 2012.

Text adventures have a long, proud history, one that dates back to the very beginning of PC gaming, before computers could really even do graphics.

It's a history that hasn't had many new entries in the past 30 years, though, as advances in horsepower and the advent of first visuals then colour visuals rendered the text adventure seemingly dead. Sierra's early 90's adventure games were the last I played that used a text input (and even then that was to control a visual avatar), and the early 90s were a long time ago.

One developer wants to bring the genre back. Argentinian developers The Cabrera Brothers are working on Cypher, an all-new, commercial text adventure that doesn't just take us back to the 80s in terms of input, but also with its Blade Runner-inspired cyberpunk visuals (of which it looks like there's a ton).

You might think typing words onto a keyboard to control a game is quaint, and in many ways it is (not to mention frustrating), but there's a sense of immersion and flexibility you get from it that a mouse-driven menu system just can't match.

Cypher [Official Site]


Comments

    Super Instabuy.

      Ultra Instabuy!

        Mega Instabuy?

      extreme buy : play once and find it extremely hard and annoying. never play again. money down loo

    My God that sound of typing is the best.

      The clicks were stunning, and then the CLACKS chimed in! Damn! ;)

    "Someone Is Making A Cyberpunk Text Adventure Game. In 2012."
    Can the snark. They've put in a LOT of effort. And it looks like a hybrid of text AND amazing art/interactive content.

    "Sierra’s early 90′s adventure games were the last I played that used a text input (and even then that was to control a visual avatar), and the early 90s were a long time ago."
    You're showing your lack of gaming knowledge. Larry 7: Love For Sail included text parsing as well.
    (And that was *1996*. That's past mid-90s.)

      He said the last he played. Maybe he just wasn't into LSL?

      I'm not detecting any snark there, more surprise. You might want to can that eagerness to bash a Plunkett article.

      And a lack of gaming knowledge? How many people played Leisure Suit Larry 7? That's some pretty esoteric gaming knowledge.

        Why are you defending Mr Plunkett. Honestly? I find it absolutely bizarre that people defend his ignorance.

    Actually - interactive fiction database. Text adventures are released everyday. Um and the first games used graphics not text. Try oscilloscopes.

    Visuals then colour visuals rendered them dead. Text adventures had graphics since the early 80s you muppet. There is also the term arcade adventure and icon driven adventure. Ignorance is not bliss it just makes you type rubbish like ker plunk. Oh yeah. GAC. If the mega drive had a built in keyboard maybe we would be still playing ye olde text adventures.

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