“Text4Dead”: Text-Based Survival


Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
Text4Dead is a text-based homage to the popular Valve series “Left 4 Dead”. It is an ongoing Interactive Fiction project being built in Inform 7, a natural-language Interactive Fiction design suite.

Text4Dead requires Java. Get it here, then click below to start playing:

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Playing the Game

How to Play: Take a weapon and a medkit, look for arrows and go the directions they point to find the saferoom! Shoot the hordes that attack you, reload if you’re out of bullets, assist your downed buddies, heal them if they are hurting.

Doesn’t Work?

If you try the link above to play Text4Dead and find that you are getting a blank frame or a frame with an “X”, try updating to the latest version of Java. If that continues to fail, your security settings may be preventing Java from launching. Check your browser documentation to learn how to enable Java.

How “Done” is the current version?

Text4Dead is nowhere near complete; it’s an ongoing project, currently in open testing. The game can be played from beginning to the first saferoom in the subway basement.

There’s not much flavor to the text yet, you’ll find yourself navigating some empty-feeling spaces; this is a chance to showcase the unique gameplay of Text4Dead in bare form. As more and more of the game comes online, the text will follow.

What it has:

  • A text-based doppelganger of the first level of the original “Left 4 Dead” – The Apartments
  • Three intelligent buddies that will fight with you, assist you and the others, heal you and the others, and work with you to find the saferoom
  • A number of “horde” enemies that will spawn in randomly, seek you and your buddies out, attack you and your buddies
  • A set of four weapons with unique damage values and ammo counts

What’s missing:

  • Different enemy types, such as hunters, boomers, smokers, and witches
  • Helper weapons, such as pain pills, pipebombs, molotovs, gas cans and propane tanks
  • Doors to keep the zombies out
  • Backup pistols to use in case primary weapons run dry
  • Crescendo events, such as car alarms and noisy machines

More Notes about the current version:

  • Do not attempt to use the SAVE and RESTORE commands – these do not currently work.

More Notes about Text4Dead:

  • Text4Dead plays inside your browser and requires Java. It has been tested on both Windows and Mac OSX using Firefox and IE7.
  • Text4Dead uses GrimJim’s BLORBFork of Russoto’s zplet, recompiled to support Java on Windows and MacOSX.
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