Inform Alternatives

    Inform is described as 'design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. It is a radical reinvention of the way interactive fiction is designed, guided by contemporary work in semantics and by the practical experience of some of the world's best-known writers of IF' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Inform for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Self-Hosted solutions, Mac, Online / Web-based and Linux. The best alternative is ChoiceScript, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Inform are Ink by Inkle (Free, Open Source), Squiffy (Free, Open Source), Dedalus (Free, Open Source) and Undum (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 14, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
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      ChoiceScript is a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice games (MCGs) like Choice of the Dragon. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience.
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      ink is a scripting language built around the idea of marking up pure-text with flow in order to produce interactive scripts.


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      Squiffy is a tool for creating multiple choice interactive fiction. It's written entirely in JavaScript - the compiler uses Node.js and the games it generates run in a web browser so it can run on any system with a modern browser.
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      Dedalus is an authoring system for generating Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) narrative.
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      Undum is a game framework for building a sophisticated form of hypertext interactive fiction.


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      ADRIFT Developer is a Windows application that allows you to create complex interactive fiction games quickly and easily.
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      Quest lets you create sophisticated text-based games, without having to program. Make text adventures, role-playing games, training materials, simulations, or interactive fiction.
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      TADS 3 is a robust, modern programming environment specially designed for creating Interactive Fiction.
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      It is THE major alternative to Inform
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    1. Spatterlight is a native Cocoa application plays most kinds of interactive fiction game files: AGT, Adrift, AdvSys, Alan, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, TADS (text-only), Quill, and Z-code (except v6).
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      Doesn't use coding. You have to add a document, unlike Inform7 where you actually code
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    2. Storyspace is a software program for creating, editing, and reading hypertext fiction. It can also be used for writing and organizing fiction and non-fiction intended for print.
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      cswyatt Possibly the oldest interactive fiction (IF) tool stil actively developed commercially. Player is freely available.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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