I am ashamed to say that I've never played a text adventure game. The closest I've come is The Hobbit on the Spectrum which, coincidentally, was actually developed in Melbourne. But for those of you old enough to be nostalgic about text adventures (or young enough to be curious) may be interested to know there is actually a text-based adventure built into your Mac, if you have one.
There's no need to download anything — it's already there, waiting to be played. Type the following into Terminal and the game will launch automatically...
emacs -batch -l dunnet
Good luck everyone. As a youngster The Hobbit was hard enough. I can't imagine what it'll feel like to travel back in time and play one of these games! I always found these kinds of adventure games crazily obtuse, but it might be fun to remind ourselves of just how far video games have come.