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).
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.
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