Wikipedia as a classic text adventure: this “game” now exists, and it’s thanks to a London developer who figured out a clever way to interpret the gushing fountain of data that is Wikipedia’s API.
The Javascript project works on any desktop or mobile web browser, and it starts out looking like an ’80s Infocom video game box. (Always a good beginning.) Wikipedia: The Text Adventure generates a list of major landmarks, and clicking any of them takes you to a landing page with a basic location description as pulled from its Wikipedia article summary, along with a list of nearby locations marked off by cardinal directions. You’re restricted to a text box, and, appropriately, typing “help” into it brings up a list of commands you can type. (Mobile users can also tap on keywords in the summaries, which isn’t as cool, but it’s a welcome alternative.)
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