Hi. I recently came across the early text adventure game One Room by Jorge Mir. It was published as a program-listing for the TRS-80 in the Rainbow Book Of Adventures (and on the accompanying data cassette tape) in 1983.* (The code has recently been ported to BBC BASIC, and the port is playable online.)
Does anyone know if One Room was the first text adventure game where all the action takes place in a single room? (I’m not counting the number of locations that are implemented in the underlying source code. From the player’s point of view, there’s only one room to explore.)
Wikipedia mentions John Wilson’s 1988 game for the ZX Spectrum, Behind Closed Doors, “in which the player is trapped inside a restroom” – but One Room predates it by about five years.
IFDB goes back a bit further, to 1985’s Adventure Of The Year, but One Room is still earlier.
- [size=85]The exact year of publication of the first Rainbow Book Of Adventures, in which the program-listing for One Room appeared, is unclear. The listing itself says, “© 1982”. But the Gaming After 40 blog, Google Books, and Moby Games give the year of publication of the book as 1983. However, Archive.org disagrees and goes for 1985 instead. Incredibly, the actual text of the book (outside of the listings) doesn’t seem to mention a year at all![/size]