I’ve had a bootdisk itch lately, and this is one of the resulting projects: a set of three bootable floppies that allow you to play 44 classic IF games from a slick menu-driven interface. “Why?” Why not? If you have an x86 computer with a floppy drive, it’s an enjoyably tactile and nostalgic way to play IF.
From the ReadMe:
This compilation aims to collect as many classic, high-quality, diverse, freely-distributable interactive fiction games as possible onto a small set of bootable floppies. Criteria for selection, in roughly descending order:
It’s in Z-machine format.
It’s good (at least according to IFDB reviewers).
It’s small (so the disk can fit as many games as possible).
It’s relatively well-known (or better, nostalgic - these are
floppies, after all!) It contributes to the diversity of genres and styles.
It’s largely inoffensive (so the collection appeals to the widest possible audience).
It has a reasonably long playtime (to maximize bang for the bytes).
Balancing these criteria can make for surprisingly selections: “Why all the Scott Adams games?” They’re not particularly popular anymore, but they’re extremely well-known/nostalgic and the whole collection is tiny. “Why not (e.g.) Anchorhead?” Anchorhead is universally acclaimed, but it’s a large file and sufficiently gruesome that some players may find it objectionable. “Why Orion Agenda?” It’s not as well known, but it’s probably the best Star Trek-type sci-fi game that’s small and in Z-machine format. Et cetera.
Despite the many painful cuts, I think this collection stands as a diverse and enjoyable sampler of some of the best and most historically significant work the interactive fiction community has to offer. Boot up and enjoy!
Available on the Archive.
Download (4.06 MB)
The games included:
Notable 70s - ADVENT
- Hunt the Wumpus
- Zork (MIT version)
Notable 80s - Scott Adams (14 games)
Notable 90s - A Change in the Weather
- Detective (MST3K)
- Meteor, Stone
- So Far
Wordplay - Ad Verbum
Sci-Fi - All Things Devours
Conversation - Galatea
Unusual - The Gostak
Cave Crawl - Hunter, In Darkness
Humor/Intro - Lost Pig
Romance - Masquerade
Eastern - The Moonlit Tower
Story - Photopia
Puzzler - Savoir-Faire
Thriller - Spider and Web
Subversion - 9:05
Detective - An Act of Murder
Children’s - A Bear’s Night Out
Fairy Tale - Bronze
Unusual - For A Change
Culinary - Gourmet
Puzzler - The Mulldoon Legacy
Sci-Fi - The Orion Agenda
Conversation - Pytho’s Mask[/code][/spoiler]
Looks really cool. but I don’t think i have any machines left with floppy drives anymore. pity.
I downloaded it to keep as a collection/selection you made, good one !!! Screenshots look cool and oldschool as they should too!
This is a neat collection of games, nicely packaged and presented. Thanks
You can run this under Dosbox too. It might defeat the tactile aspect, but the nostalgia remains. This is a prolix process, hence the spoiler block :mrgreen: Details for the adventurous follow…
[spoiler]* Install Dosbox from your package manager (Linux) or from
Extract if_floppies.zip somewhere memorable
Run dosbox, you are presented with the black box, ready for command input. This mounts the path to the dosbox c-drive:
MOUNT C [MEMORABLE PATH]
Now you can boot the first floppy image:
The filename IFCLAS~1.IMG is shortened because dos has a 8.3 file name length limit.
You can press TAB to auto-complete partially entered file names, and cycle between similar file names. Thus you can enter “BOOT C:\IF[TAB]” to quickly access floppies 1,2 or 3.
You can create an empty floppy image and swap it out with the game floppy to SAVE and RESTORE
Create a blank floppy image “saves.img” with dd in Linux. Be sure to create this in the same directory as the game images.
For windows users, best you look online for a tool to make you a floppy image.
dd if=/dev/zero of=saves.img bs=512 count=2880
when booting the floppy image, pass saves.img as a second parameter:
BOOT C:\IFCLAS~1.IMG C:\SAVES.IMG
You can press CTRL-F4 in dosbox to swap between the game disk and save disk.[/spoiler]