• Easy to Write, Easy to Read

    Alan code is natural and easy to write. It's close to natural language so it's also easy to read and interpret, making your authoring a breeze.

  • Easy to Play

    There are interpreters for many platforms, most supporting graphics, making it easy to supplement your story with tantalizing imagery.

  • Easy to Develop

    Alan comes with a Integrated Development Environment sporting a modern environment and tools to take your edit, compile, play cycle to seconds.

If you go here, you can find a list of all Alan games available in the Interactive Fiction Archive. Currently 41 of them, have you played them all?

The games in the list below are the ones I have played so that I can comment on them. They are more or less publicly available, i.e. they can be downloaded from the Interactive Fiction Archive (where you should start looking) or be found on shareware collections, CD's etc. If you fail to find them, first try the author. The list is in some kind of chronological order, the order in which they where brought to my attention that is. Most recent games first, older at the end.

  • No Earthly Use. An Interactive Monoverbal Experiment perpetrated by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the UseComp in February 2000. It was the single entry in a mini-competition which was inspired by a long and increasingly silly RAIF thread about the pros and cons of the verb 'use' in IF. Clever game that is probably amusing to RAIF regulars, perhaps pointless for others!
  • The Child Murderer. A text/graphics adventure by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Shareware.
  • Lost in New York. A joke (?) with a name alluding to the much more worthy _Lost New York_ by Neil deMause. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The HeBGB Horror! A punkish musical entered in the 5th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, 1999. Finished 16/37. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • King Arthur's Night Out. An escapist story entered in the 5th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, 1999. Finished 22/37. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The Secret in the Mithraeum. Interactive vignette to the book "One For Sorrow" with John the Eunuch. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a professional author!
  • Painless Little Stupid Games. A collection of short games. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Knot To Be Undone. A knotty and witty little game, one of two (Alan) games entered in the 1998/1999 Wacky Game Competition. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Skipping Breakfast. Puzzle game with an unusual hero and helper. One of two games (both Alan games!) entered in the 1998/1999 Wacky Game Competition. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • CC. Imaginative game entered in the 1998 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, finished 18/27. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Unity. Episodical game entered in the 1998 Chicken Crossing the Road Interactive Fiction Exhibition. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The Story of Morris the Chicken Being Helped by a Squirrel. Short game entered in the 1998 Chicken Crossing the Road IF exhibition. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Don't be late!. Interactive snippet with a twist. Entered in the 1996 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, finished 22/26. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Papa wird vermisst. German childrens interactive story. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Hermetisch verschlossen. German mystery. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Oscar und der Tod. German detective story. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Closet. Difficult but funny and ingenious one location game. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Leaves. Simplistic and linear game with the flavour of a teenaged author. Entered in the 1997 Annual Interactive Fiction Competition, finished 29/34. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • A Matter of Time. Time adventure, good start but a bit weak in the end, graphics available on PCs. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Hollywood Murders. Detective story, good story and absorbing game flow. Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Saviour. Small traditional game set in a deserted industrial building where the last copy of Adventure is said to be kept. Testing game for Alan since 1985! Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More to come (I hope)! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you know to be publicly available, but missing from the list above!

 

What They Say

"I-F languages are like vehicles ... using Alan is like driving a zippy, easy-handling little electric town car -- it's often all you need to take you where you want to go."

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