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TADS Alternatives

TADS is described as '3 is a robust, modern programming environment specially designed for creating Interactive Fiction' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to TADS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is Twine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like TADS are Ink by Inkle, Yarn Spinner, ADRIFT and StoryNexus.

TADS alternatives are mainly Game Development Tools but may also be IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of TADS.
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TADS 3 is a robust, modern programming environment specially designed for creating Interactive Fiction.

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  1. Twine icon

    Twine

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    35 alternatives to Twine 

    Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

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    formatting a story
  2. Ink by Inkle icon

    Ink by Inkle

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    38 alternatives to Ink by Inkle 

    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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  3. Yarn Spinner icon

    Yarn Spinner

    36 alternatives to Yarn Spinner 

    Yarn Spinner is a tool for creating interactive dialogue for games. Write your conversations in Yarn, a simple programming language that's designed to be easy for writers to learn, while also powerful enough to handle whatever you need.

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  4. ADRIFT icon

    ADRIFT

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    16 alternatives to ADRIFT 

    ADRIFT Developer is a Windows application that allows you to create complex interactive fiction games quickly and easily. It allows you to concentrate on the story by making everything else easy, such as having all options available in dropdown lists, rather than you having to...

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    ADRIFT Developer
  5. StoryNexus icon

    StoryNexus

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    35 alternatives to StoryNexus 

    StoryNexus: The choice is yours. StoryNexus gives you free access to hundreds of interactive worlds, from science fiction to romance, from gothic fantasy to historical adventure.

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    main page


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    ADLENGINE

    • Windows
    • Steam
    19 alternatives to ADLENGINE 

    Adliberum Engine is a multiplayer compatible role-playing text adventure engine. Complete with real-time world-building commands; craft text powered games and scenarios alone or with others. Complete with world editing commands; create worlds, games and puzzles that you can...

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    InquisitorIF

    20 alternatives to InquisitorIF 

    Inquisitor is an engine for browser and multiplatform Interactive Fiction works. It bares similarities to Twine while facilitating creation of worlds with locations and items.

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  8. Narrat icon

    Narrat

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    18 alternatives to Narrat 

    Narrat is a narrative game engine for text-based games. Game dialogue info is written in files with a similar syntax to Ren'Py (.rpy files). Those files get loaded by the game engine which plays through them.

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    Adventuron

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    18 alternatives to Adventuron 

    Adventuron is a text-adventure authoring tool, used to create games playable on desktop, mobile as well as old computers including Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum. Featuring a web-based code editor with autocompletion and a fast development workflow that lets you play as...

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  10. Ficdown icon

    Ficdown

    19 alternatives to Ficdown 

    Ficdown is a set of standards using the Markdown formatting syntax that can be used to create choice-based interactive fiction. Formatting of text is done using standard Markdown, with a few Markdown elements taking on additional story-defining properties (for example, level-two...

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