Wishbringer was our first Infocom game, purchased with my sister at a Babbage’s in the Cherry Hill Mall (I think?). It was not our last, not even close: we played almost every title, even the weird ones with grown-up themes we didn’t get.

We treasured all the little extras that came in the boxes, bought the invisible ink hint manuals you had to decode with special pens and spent hours in the basement playing these games, cracking up, solving puzzles and working as a team.

I MISS THEM SO MUCH. I know there are other text-adventures, and I know I can replay the classic games now in flash form online or elsewhere, but I want MORE INFOCOM. I wish I could look forward to a new Zork game the way I look forward to a new Halo or Bioshock. 

BONUS: they were great vocabulary boosters, even for an already bookish nerd-child. And so, may I present a short feature, entitled:

A Sampling of Words I Learned From Infocom Games

  • Chemise
  • Copse
  • Maw
  • Shillelagh
  • Hurdy-Gurdy
  • Reticule

Right? Come on. These games were, and are, the greatest.