I’ve just checked out the online play version above. Out of curiosity…
Wander predated Colossa Cave, right?
…is it known whether Crowther knew of this program?
I find it curious that Wander uses compass directions, and even the shortcuts we’re used to.
There seems to be a “brief” convention as well. After trying a verb, I get the response, the name of the room, and the listing of objects.
In fact, most of the conventions we associate with IF and even with IF prose are present.
It’s… surprisingly modern. Feels more like 1984 than 1974. Possibly more like 1994.
Also, if this predates Adventure, how does it understand XYZZY as a verb? And calls it an old, worn-out magic word?
EDIT - It understand “examine” as a synonim for “read”. Quite modern. Am I missing something?