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== Introduction ==
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The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. However, since the release of the Raspberry Pi and ARM X6, new game developers have been attracted to RISC OS (e.g. AMCOG games) There has also been a renewed interest in games from established companies such as Softrock Software. Thus small independant game developers are producing both new titles and re-written older titles.
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Otherwise many newly appearing RISC OS games are ports (many hosted on riscos.info), with the occasional original title available from R-Comp's !Store, or a rework of an older BBC Micro or Archimedes game.  Many of the ports are relatively processor intensive, and can be impractical on a RiscPC or [[Iyonix]], so a Raspberry Pi 2, Pandaboard, Beagleboard or ARMX6 is required.
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There are also a variety of emulators available, such as [[DosBox]] and [[PicoDrive]], and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.
== riscos.info Games ==
== riscos.info Games ==
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Games hosted on riscos.info are found in the [http://www.riscos.info/packages/SectionIndex.html#Games games section of the autobuilder].
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[http://www.riscos.info/packages/SectionIndex.html#Games riscos.info hosts many game ports]
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== Introduction ==
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The following games/emulators have their own pages:
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* [[OpenTTD|Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe]]
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* [[Freeciv]]
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* [[ScummVM]]
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* [[DosBox]]
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The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. Most of the activity in the present-day RISC OS games market is due to a small number of enthusiasts.
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==Game Developers ==
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Commercial game releases do pop up one or two times a year but the freeware games scene is much more active. The availability of the [[IYONIX pc]] and the [[A9home]] makes porting of some of the more recent games from other platforms a viable proposition. Even in this case, games which are very processor- or graphics-intensive and less than 3-5 years old are unlikely to be suitable candidates for conversion. Thus recent real-time games would be unsuitable for conversion, while turn-based and puzzle games would fare significantly better.
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Although there have been many game developers in the past this list contains only links to developers who are somewhat active, or have games available.
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There are a variety of emulators available, such as [[DosBox]] and [[PicoDrive]], and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.
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*[[AmCoG]] are actively developing new Indie games for RISC OS. The first game released was [[Overlord]] at the Wakefield 2015 show. The second [[Legends of Magic]] was released 6 months later at ROUGOL 2015. The third [[Xeroid]] was again released 6 months later at Wakefield 2016.
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===Game Developers and Publishers===
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* [[Soft Rock Software]] developed a number of budget titles in the early 1990s. as of June 2016, Escape From Exeria is now being updated to work on modern RISC OS hardware.
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*[[Chris Bazley]] including [[Star Fighter 3000]]
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Past developers and publishers include ''Visions of the Impossible'', ''FLAYMZ'', ''[[Artex Software]]'' and ''GEK Studio'' but the following game developers and publishers are still active:
 
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*[[7th Software]]
 
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*[[Acorn Arcade]]
 
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*[[Alligata Media]] / ProAction
 
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*[[APDL]] / 4th Dimension
 
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*[[Blasts of the Xtreme]] / AcornGamez
 
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*[[Brain Games]]
 
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*[[Chris Bazley]]
 
*[[Cloudsprinter Software]]
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*[[CJE Micro's]]
 
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*[[Fantasia FAN]]
 
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*[[GEK Studios]]
 
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*[[David Llywelyn Jones]] (A.K.A. Flying Pig)
 
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*[[Little Yellow Moon Software]]
 
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*[[Marc Zinnschlag]]
 
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*[[New Breed Software]]
 
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*[[Ian Hamilton]]
 
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*[[iSV Products]]
 
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*[[Jason Tribbeck]] (A.K.A. Tribbles)
 
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*[[Jeffrey Lee]] (A.K.A. Phlamethrower)
 
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*[[R-Comp]] / R-Comp Interactive
 
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*[[Unix Porting Project]]
 
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[[Acorn Arcade]] has collated a number of former commercial games that have now been made available as freeware. This includes several Tom Cooper (A.K.A. Berty) titles.
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*[[Sine Nomine Software]] has also proved to be one of the most active games developers in recent years, with impressive work being done on their various shareware puzzle games, SuperDoku and the new Wrangler being their flagship titles.
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[[Chris Bazley]] is keeping [[Star Fighter 3000]] updated.
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*[[Jason Tribbeck]] was writing a couple of new games, both were last seen in alpha or early beta stages of development in the early 2000s; [[ACED]] and [[Equinox]].
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[[Jason Tribbeck]] is writing a couple of new games, currently in alpha or early beta stages of development; [[ACED]] and [[Equinox]].
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*[[R-Comp]] has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including [[AcornQuake|Quake]], [[Doom]] and [[Descent]]), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, [[Destiny]].
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[[R-Comp]] has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including [[AcornQuake|Quake]], [[Doom]] and [[Descent]]), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, [[Destiny]].
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*[[APDL]] now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are [[Cataclysm]], [[Nevryon]], [[E-Type]] and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!
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riscos.info has covered a selection of open source games, including puzzle games, a selection of simple arcade games, and some larger games such as FreeCiv, LinCity and Battle for Wesnoth.
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== News and Discussion ==
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[[APDL]] now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are [[Cataclysm]], [[Nevryon]], [[E-Type]] and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!
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* [http://www.acornarcade.co.uk Acorn Arcade] covers some RISC OS games news, and also has some former commercial games available as freeware.
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* The usenet group [http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sys.acorn.games/topics comp.sys.acorn.games] has general RISC OS games discussion.
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* The [https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/forum/index.php Archimedes Software Preservation Project] has many former commercial games available for free download, along with utilities to make them run on newer hardware.
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* [https://blog.dxmtechsupport.com.au/playing-badass-acorn-archimedes-games-on-a-raspberry-pi/ Playing Badass Acorn Archimedes Games on a Raspberry Pi] is an absolute beginner's guide to playing retro games on a Raspberry Pi that presumes absolutely no prior knowledge of Risc OS.
===Commercial Games===
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Some of the best known commercial games released for RISC OS are listed below:
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Commercial and shareware games are occasionally released for RISC OS, usually when the work involved in writing or porting the game required a considerable amount of time. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw a number of popular games ported to RISC OS from bigger platforms by R-Comp, [[AcornQuake|Quake Resurrection] and [[AcornHoMM2|Heroes of Might and Magic 2]] are amongst the biggest titles.  
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*[[AcornQuake|Quake Resurrection]] - 23UKP (rrp) - A port of the Quake for RISC OS. Includes two expansion packs.
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*[[AcornHoMM2|Heroes of Might and Magic 2]] - 35UKP - A port of Heroes of Might and Magic 2.
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*[[6502Em]] - 15UKP - One of the best BBC Micro emulators on the RISC OS platform.
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*[[Star Fighter 3000]] - 20UKP - The classic RISC OS mission based 3D shoot-em-up.
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*[[TEK 1608]] - 30UKP - A Command & Conquer / Dune II style strategy game.
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*[[Ankh]] - 10UKP - A point-and-click adventure, similar in design and humour to the Monkey Island games.
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====List of commercial releases over 2005:====
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*Adventure Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Flight Simulator Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Maze Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Platforms Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Puzzle Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Racing Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Shooting Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Sports Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
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*Wari - Brain Games - http://www.maceng.karoo.net/BG/
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The turn of the millennium saw a decline in commercial games development for RISC OS, the latest major releases being TEK 1608 from Artex Software in 2002 and Desktop Repton from Alligata in 2004. It was around this time that commercial development ceased on many major games, Iron Dignity from Artex and Eat My Dust from Visions of the Impossible are two prime examples.
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*Era of the Phoenix - Blasts of the Xtreme - http://www.blastsofthextreme.com
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In recent years, RISC OS has seen the releases of a small number of commercial titles, FunFysics (20ukp) from David Snell was released at the 2011 RISC OS South West Show, Wrangler (5ukp), SuperDoku (5ukp) and House of Cards (5ukp) from Sine Nomine Software and a series of 4th Dimension compilations from APDL (11.90ukp) are among the biggest titles. Commercial and shareware development continues, with Sine Nomine releasing regular updates for all of their puzzle titles, [[StarFighter 3000]] development continues from Christopher Bazley, a new version of the game authoring suite Trellis from Soft Rock Software is nearing release and a RISC OS port of the newly released Repton game is under development from Retro Software.
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*Bloody Battlegrounds - Blasts of the Xtreme - http://www.blastsofthextreme.com
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*Sword Clash - Blasts of the Xtreme - http://www.blastsofthextreme.com
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===Freeware and Shareware===
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A new 2.5D shoot-em-up (Overlord) was launched at the Wakefield 2015 show on CD by Ambiguous Contrasts Games [[AmCoG]]. Developed by Anthony Vaughan Bartram on a Raspberry Pi , it is was made available to buy via the !Store for 9.99ukp on the 27th of April 2015. The second indie game from [[AmCoG] was an isometric 3D quest game called Legends of Magic which includes a free 200+ page book of the backstory to the game. It is available from the !Store for 8.99ukp and like Overlord, also available to buy at RISC OS shows on CD. A third indie game, Xeroid, was released at Wakefield 2016. Xeroid is a 3D vector graphic game.
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Some of the best freeware and shareware games released for RISC OS are listed below:
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*[[Quake2]]    - A port of the awsome Quake II from ID Software
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===Freeware===
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*[[MarsQuake]] - One of the best Bomberman clones for RISC OS
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RISC OS has a good number of both old and new free games, 2007 saw Dave Brown port Quake 2 to RISC OS, SokoBas from Dorian Computing in 2011 and a large amount of open-source games were ported to RISC OS thanks to the Unix Porting Project (now hosted on this very site). Old classics such as MarsQuake and Angband are 32-bit safe and still popular with RISC OS to this day. A huge amount of games are now available for free from the APDL Public Domain library, which is now completely free.
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*[[PicoDrive]] - A SEGA Megadrive emulator for RISC OS
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*[[SuperDoku]] - One of the best Sudoku programs for RISC OS
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*[[Angband]] - A roguelike. The latest version of the original Angband is available from [http://rephial.org/ the official Angband site], and ports of some of the many Angband variants are available from [http://ajps.mine.nu/angband/ports/index.htm The Isparp Angband Pages].
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===Interactive Fiction===
===Interactive Fiction===

Latest revision as of 01:52, 3 July 2018

Introduction

The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. However, since the release of the Raspberry Pi and ARM X6, new game developers have been attracted to RISC OS (e.g. AMCOG games) There has also been a renewed interest in games from established companies such as Softrock Software. Thus small independant game developers are producing both new titles and re-written older titles.

Otherwise many newly appearing RISC OS games are ports (many hosted on riscos.info), with the occasional original title available from R-Comp's !Store, or a rework of an older BBC Micro or Archimedes game. Many of the ports are relatively processor intensive, and can be impractical on a RiscPC or Iyonix, so a Raspberry Pi 2, Pandaboard, Beagleboard or ARMX6 is required.

There are also a variety of emulators available, such as DosBox and PicoDrive, and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.

riscos.info Games

riscos.info hosts many game ports

The following games/emulators have their own pages:

Game Developers

Although there have been many game developers in the past this list contains only links to developers who are somewhat active, or have games available.

  • AmCoG are actively developing new Indie games for RISC OS. The first game released was Overlord at the Wakefield 2015 show. The second Legends of Magic was released 6 months later at ROUGOL 2015. The third Xeroid was again released 6 months later at Wakefield 2016.
  • Soft Rock Software developed a number of budget titles in the early 1990s. as of June 2016, Escape From Exeria is now being updated to work on modern RISC OS hardware.
  • Sine Nomine Software has also proved to be one of the most active games developers in recent years, with impressive work being done on their various shareware puzzle games, SuperDoku and the new Wrangler being their flagship titles.
  • Jason Tribbeck was writing a couple of new games, both were last seen in alpha or early beta stages of development in the early 2000s; ACED and Equinox.
  • R-Comp has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including Quake, Doom and Descent), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, Destiny.
  • APDL now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are Cataclysm, Nevryon, E-Type and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!

News and Discussion

Commercial Games

Commercial and shareware games are occasionally released for RISC OS, usually when the work involved in writing or porting the game required a considerable amount of time. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw a number of popular games ported to RISC OS from bigger platforms by R-Comp, [[AcornQuake|Quake Resurrection] and Heroes of Might and Magic 2 are amongst the biggest titles.

The turn of the millennium saw a decline in commercial games development for RISC OS, the latest major releases being TEK 1608 from Artex Software in 2002 and Desktop Repton from Alligata in 2004. It was around this time that commercial development ceased on many major games, Iron Dignity from Artex and Eat My Dust from Visions of the Impossible are two prime examples.

In recent years, RISC OS has seen the releases of a small number of commercial titles, FunFysics (20ukp) from David Snell was released at the 2011 RISC OS South West Show, Wrangler (5ukp), SuperDoku (5ukp) and House of Cards (5ukp) from Sine Nomine Software and a series of 4th Dimension compilations from APDL (11.90ukp) are among the biggest titles. Commercial and shareware development continues, with Sine Nomine releasing regular updates for all of their puzzle titles, StarFighter 3000 development continues from Christopher Bazley, a new version of the game authoring suite Trellis from Soft Rock Software is nearing release and a RISC OS port of the newly released Repton game is under development from Retro Software.

A new 2.5D shoot-em-up (Overlord) was launched at the Wakefield 2015 show on CD by Ambiguous Contrasts Games AmCoG. Developed by Anthony Vaughan Bartram on a Raspberry Pi , it is was made available to buy via the !Store for 9.99ukp on the 27th of April 2015. The second indie game from [[AmCoG] was an isometric 3D quest game called Legends of Magic which includes a free 200+ page book of the backstory to the game. It is available from the !Store for 8.99ukp and like Overlord, also available to buy at RISC OS shows on CD. A third indie game, Xeroid, was released at Wakefield 2016. Xeroid is a 3D vector graphic game.

Freeware

RISC OS has a good number of both old and new free games, 2007 saw Dave Brown port Quake 2 to RISC OS, SokoBas from Dorian Computing in 2011 and a large amount of open-source games were ported to RISC OS thanks to the Unix Porting Project (now hosted on this very site). Old classics such as MarsQuake and Angband are 32-bit safe and still popular with RISC OS to this day. A huge amount of games are now available for free from the APDL Public Domain library, which is now completely free.

Interactive Fiction

RISC OS has fairly good support for both playing and writing Interactive Fiction (text adventures).

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