Movies that feel like they are text adventures (interactive fiction if u prefer lame-o)

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City of Lost Children really feels like a LucasArts game.

Cube is almost a parody of the U D N S E W direction convention.

Paycheck with it's inventory of important seemingly pointless objects.

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Thursday, 27 October 2005 15:37 (fourteen years ago) link

NORTH (hur hur)



just me then :-(

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Thursday, 27 October 2005 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

I never thought of "Paycheck" that way but as a big Sierra "get feather' fan it's cracking my shit up.

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 27 October 2005 16:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Momento = Deja Vu!

jdubz (ex machina), Thursday, 27 October 2005 16:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I haven't seen it, but I get the impression Panic Room is like a text adventure.

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 27 October 2005 16:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Pi was like something Infocom would have tried, only with a hotter Indian neighbor chick.

kingfish neopolitan sundae (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 27 October 2005 16:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Bourne Identity!


TOMBOT, Thursday, 27 October 2005 16:43 (fourteen years ago) link

The Game

älänbänänä (alanbanana), Thursday, 27 October 2005 17:43 (fourteen years ago) link


melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 27 October 2005 18:26 (fourteen years ago) link


melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 27 October 2005 18:26 (fourteen years ago) link

All John Carpenter films!

Dan I., Thursday, 27 October 2005 18:46 (fourteen years ago) link

PRISON BREAK reminds me of an old graphic adventure game, where all of these tiny tasks have to be done in ridiculously specific ways.

:[ (Adrian Langston), Thursday, 27 October 2005 19:46 (fourteen years ago) link

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 27 October 2005 19:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I love the way he notices all that shit before spotting the gremlin.

melton mowbray (adr), Thursday, 27 October 2005 19:54 (fourteen years ago) link


Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 27 October 2005 21:01 (fourteen years ago) link

eXistenZ is a good call. the gun/bone thing in the restaurant. but then that is actually set as a computer game/puzzle within the context of the films plot - so sort of a cheat

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Thursday, 27 October 2005 21:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Schindler's List: Katamari Damacy... collect em all!

polyphonic (polyphonic), Thursday, 27 October 2005 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

This seems to the problem with all computer game based films. The Lara Croft movies are all get stuff, do stuff with it (which emulates teh game to a tee).


Pete (Pete), Friday, 28 October 2005 12:56 (fourteen years ago) link

where's that link to DOOM the text adventure...

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Friday, 28 October 2005 13:39 (fourteen years ago) link

National Treasure OTM!

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 28 October 2005 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link


It's pretty evident that I didn't read the original post, isn't it?

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 28 October 2005 17:41 (fourteen years ago) link

God, Saw, obviously! (though I guess that's pretty much covered by Cube)

melton mowbray (adr), Friday, 28 October 2005 23:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Saw is one of the funniest movies ever.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Saturday, 29 October 2005 04:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Chronicles of Riddick

>look hard

People watch you. Judi Dench keeps talking.
"Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. Can you help Riddick?"
How do you respond?
(I) don't care!
(W)ho cares?
(S)crew you!


"I don't care!"
"Good so we can rely on you then!" Judi says.

Navek Rednam (Navek Rednam), Saturday, 29 October 2005 20:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Saw is one of the funniest movies ever.

see, this is why i still haven't watched it yet. it's supposed to be a horror but i've heard numerous accounts that it's completely hilarious.

and yes it just looks like the cube. of which is perfect for text adventureism.

but i'm going to nominate Raiders of the Lost ark

Ste (Fuzzy), Sunday, 30 October 2005 03:43 (fourteen years ago) link

What about Donnie Darko?

A plane engine may fall on your house if you do not stick an axe into the school mascot statue.

s) stick axe in statue
b) burn down pedophiles house
c) chat up hott chixor next to you in class

... etc.

Trayce (trayce), Sunday, 30 October 2005 06:45 (fourteen years ago) link

no, not Donnie Darko. The Usual Suspects:

Cop Shop
You are being interogated by the cops, there is a pinboard on the wall.


They believe you and the audience are fed up and go home

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Sunday, 30 October 2005 09:56 (fourteen years ago) link


Well I never! Real adventurers do not use such language!

melton mowbray (adr), Sunday, 30 October 2005 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Dawn of the Dead
blade runner

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 31 October 2005 09:30 (fourteen years ago) link

the first 2/3 of red eye. lots of "taut, psychological" thrillers actually.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Monday, 31 October 2005 09:34 (fourteen years ago) link

OMG as i've said elsewhere on ILE i'm sure, Wargames - esp the bit where he breaks out of his "cell" with a dictaphone and some medical tweezer-y looking things

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Friday, 11 November 2005 10:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Momento = Deja Vu

You are in a motel room.

You can see:
Your scrapbook
Some Polaroids
A telephone(ringing)


The scrapbook reminds you that you are hunting relentlessly for your wife's killer.

The phone continues to ring.
You notice your entire body is covered in tattoos.


Among other things, the tattoos indicate that you should never answer the phone, and to remember Sammy Jankis.


You are in the motel lobby.

You can see:

A nervous looking desk clerk

Teddy comes in from outside.

"Lenny!" Teddy greets you.



Philip Alderman (Phil A), Friday, 11 November 2005 12:15 (fourteen years ago) link

this thread is funny!

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 11 November 2005 16:01 (fourteen years ago) link

i guess this thread is related by those retellings of movies in AIM-speak and MMPORPG-speak. which rock

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Friday, 11 November 2005 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link


Your dinner companion is speaking.
"Thirsting for a way to name the unnameable, to express the inexpressible?"

How do you respond?
LEFT: Trenchant Insight
UP: "Tell me more"
RIGHT: Bon Mot

Wolfcastleee (Leee), Saturday, 12 November 2005 05:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Anything by David Lynch.

TOMBOT, Saturday, 12 November 2005 05:42 (fourteen years ago) link


(watched it today, was full of puzzle setting and solving - Follow The Blue Arrows...)

koogs (koogs), Saturday, 19 November 2005 19:03 (fourteen years ago) link

i have Amelie down in the list of movies that should never have been made into movies


Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Saturday, 19 November 2005 22:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Amelie is very much a love it / hate it movie. it's very much a Campaign For Blue Skies type of movie so i am in that first group.

koogs (koogs), Monday, 21 November 2005 12:03 (fourteen years ago) link

This is not a film, and hopefully never will be, but, umm, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle! Without spoiling (is it possible to really "spoil" for this?), there's at least one specific spot where someone offers the narrator something (the first time he doesn't need it, but when he does, he just returns to that spot), and there's at least one "item" that he carries, inventory-style, for sudden use at the end of the book. (Also whenever he is stuck and doesn't know how to progress he just goes back to the same key locations and checks to see if anything feels different.)

nabisco (nabisco), Monday, 21 November 2005 23:17 (fourteen years ago) link

hitchcock to thread! along with the key from notorious. and the glass of milk from suspicion.

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 21 November 2005 23:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Paycheck with it's inventory of important seemingly pointless objects.


god I wish more games I mean movies I mean philip K dick adventures I mean games would let you just get a package with your entire inventory in it right at the beginning

I mean imagine how boring the film would've been if we had to follow Ben Affleck around while he COLLECTS the watch, the fortune, the paper clip, the bullet, the stamps and the lens and the ball bearings and the half dollar coin and the infragoggles and the cigarettes and the matches and the etc. Oh wait, that's why I don't enjoy text adventures/interactive fiction/Sierra bullshit!!!

TOMBOT, Thursday, 24 November 2005 04:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't imagine it could have been more boring that way...

The Yellow Kid, Thursday, 24 November 2005 06:23 (fourteen years ago) link

hitchcock to thread

YES. "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 24 November 2005 10:21 (fourteen years ago) link

or even "Family Plot"

Ste (Fuzzy), Thursday, 24 November 2005 10:23 (fourteen years ago) link

is there any IF written movie script style "INT DAY: Dave's Room - David is here playing with a train set" sort of thing, poss with the parser fiddled to work like actions and speech eg "Dave picks up the fat controller" or "Dave: give me the fat controller, dad"

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Thursday, 24 November 2005 12:31 (fourteen years ago) link


The phone is ringing. The screams of your family emanate faintly from it as you reach feebly for it.


You take it off.


Man, that would be great.

ethanol demagogue (ethdem), Friday, 25 November 2005 09:45 (fourteen years ago) link

I watched Phantoms last night and had this thread in mind for most of the first half of the movie.

There was a moment when Ben Afleck opened up a car bonnet to look at the engine, the engine was trashed and he looked at it and said "The engine looks like it's been flattened with an industrial presser" (or something similar), which just sounded like the result of an 'examine' command.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 25 November 2005 10:13 (fourteen years ago) link

The Game

That movie is so Text Adventure it hurts.

ethanol demagogue (ethdem), Saturday, 26 November 2005 05:41 (fourteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

i love these guys but this is nutso

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:44 (five months ago) link

$350 for the entry level edition!
$2000 for the entry level in a granite vault with transylvanian soil!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:45 (five months ago) link

If I were rich, I would love to spend my days creating obsessive artifacts like that. Trying to think of other works that could be recreated in a similar fashion...

blatherskite, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:03 (five months ago) link

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