Take the 2-minute tour ×
Game Development Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional and independent game developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Are there any web-based interactive fiction engine that allow you to script a game and have it run from a website?

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

Inform and TADS are the weapons of choice for most experienced IF authors. Quest seems to be catching up in terms of functionality. ChoiceScript is perfect for simple choice-based games, but hard to extend beyond that. Undum (and its popular extension Vorple) is based on JavaScript and probably offers the easiest way to get your game into a browser. It creates nice-looking stories and can be extended quite easily. (I once implemented a World of Darkness RPG system on top of it.)

share|improve this answer
    
I would never recommend ChoiceScript today, I feel like Twine covers exactly the same design/usability space but is entirely superior. Otherwise a good list. –  user744 Sep 3 '12 at 18:31
    
If anyone's wavering over going to either Inform or TADS, I would strongly suggest Inform. Take a look at how the games are set up in Parchment - it's as simple as adding the URL where the gamefile (.z5/.z8) is hosted to Parchment's own URL. I don't know how the whole thing looks on a mobile device, but I haven't seen anything that beats that simplicity of making a game "go online." –  Isxek Jun 29 '13 at 3:31
    
To be clear, TADS 3 has something in the works that will allow authors to get their games playable on the web, but from what I've seen in the forums, it involves a bit of setup. If you're good with that, you can go with TADS 3 if you want to. –  Isxek Jun 29 '13 at 3:34

One system that I've used, and it comes to my mind recently as someone wrote a game using it for the last Ludum Dare, is Twine. Quite easy to use, and gives a fun view of how your web pages connect! Easy deployment as well, it will make html files and you just put them up on your website!

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.