I’m looking for any Interactive Fiction game, past or current, for either (1) Commodore-64 or Commodore-128, (2) 64-Bit Windows 7 Home Premium, or (3) Android, that feature a child as the protagonist or as one of the major characters.
Shorter is preferred over long, easy is preferred over hard, and light-hearted is preferred over sinister. However, I’m interested to consider even “non-preferred” games.
Any information about any such games would be MUCH appreciated.
Not quite what you asked for (the author is a child instead of the protagonist) but I very much liked Daddy’s Birthday. It’s very short and light-hearted and I don’t now another game that conveys so much the perspective of a child.
As you specifically mention Commodore 64 games, it may be you don’t mind old school parsers like Quill (instant responses but two-word parser). In that case I recommend the light hearted “I’m Innocent” by Damian Steele: :: CASA :: I’m Innocent (solutionarchive.com)
A Colder Light by Jon Ingold features a child protagonist and is relatively short. It is a hyperlink-based parser game, so you click commands to advance the story instead of typing commands at a prompt (if that matters).
How young a “child”? There was an almost endless stream of 80s and 90s text adventures featuring teenagers as the protagonist; although a lot less for the C64, as that wasn’t really a key platform for text adventures over here. Is there a particular purpose you want them for? Do you actually want good games?
Young (not “small”) child to younger teen; say, 6-13, or a “tween” would be even better (say, 10-12), and preferably (but not necessarily) a boy.
I don’t think I’d much care for games featuring mid- to older teens; by the time a kid gets to be 14 or so, he’s far more adult than child, and even when he isn’t, he most certainly thinks of himself that way.
Game quality is not so important, as long as the game itself isn’t more than slightly buggy, and isn’t “terrible” in a literary sense.