How to Play Interactive Fiction

If you need help figuring how to play "interactive fiction" games like Adventure or Zork, see this beginner’s guide, which outlines how to interact with the game.

When you play Zork, I recommend setting up an account, so you can retrieve your saved games. You can play for a bit, save your game, then come back later and pick up where you left off.

To create an account, type "login" at the prompt and follow the directions. You’ll have to submit a username and password, then type "yes" to apply as a new user. After that, you can save and restore games. The command to save is "save" (w/o quotation marks) and to restore your game, type "restore" at the prompt. 

Also, here’s a PDF file of the old Zork manual, which might be useful.