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Scott Adams was the pioneer of adventure games on early microcomputers such as the TRS-80 and the TI-99/4a, and his company Adventure International produced many fondly-remembered and influential titles of the turn of the 1970s and 1980s. Adams's article in a 1979 computing magazine on how the games were made led to other authors using the same file format, of whom the most prolific was Brian Howarth.

scott2zip.tar.gz  (Version 1.00)  Bjorn Gustavsson Download  
A Perl script to convert Scott Adams data files from TRS-80 or TI-99/4 format to Inform source code
Collected Works    Scott Adams Download  
A .zip archive of all 17 games by Scott Adams converted to .z5 story files playable on the Z-Machine. The titles are: Adventureland, Adventureland (sample version), Buckaroo Banzai, The Count, Ghost Town, The Golden Voyage, The Hulk, Mystery Fun House, Strange Odyssey, Pirate Adventure (aka Pirate's Cove), Pyramid of Doom, Return to Pirate's Isle, Savage Island, Parts I and II, Secret Mission (aka Mission Impossible), Sorcerer of Claymorgue Castle, Spiderman, Voodoo Castle.
Mysterious Adventures  (1981-3)  Brian Howarth Download  
A .zip archive of Howarth's 11 Mysterious Adventures converted to .z5 story files playable on the Z-Machine. The titles are: The Golden Baton, The Time Machine, Arrow of Death Part 1 and 2, Escape from Pulsar 7, Circus, Feasibility Experiment, The Wizard of Akyrz, Perseus and Andromeda, Ten Little Indians and Waxworks.
Mysterious Adventures (Blorb)  (1981-3)  Brian Howarth Download  
A .zip archive of Blorb files containing the same 11 games but including their pictures. To play, you'll need an interpreter capable of Blorb and, of course, Version 6 picture support.
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Interpreters, utilities for cross-platform conversion and even a compiler can be found here.


Last updated 10 June 2003. This web site has not been fully supported since April 2008. Information may be out of date. This page was originally managed by Graham Nelson, assisted by C Knight.