name = ADRIFT
author = Campbell Wild
developer = Campbell Wild
latest release version = 4.0 release 51
latest release date =
April 20 2008
latest preview version =
latest preview date =
operating system = Microsoft Windows
language = English
interactive fictiondevelopment and play
license = Shareware
website = http://www.adrift.org.uk/
ADRIFT [" [http://www.ifwiki.org/index.php/ADRIFT ADRIFT's entry on ifwiki.org] "] is a graphical user interface used to create and play text adventures. The name is an acronym for "Adventure Development & Runner - Interactive Fiction Toolkit". The project is solely developed by Campbell Wild. The toolkit consists of two programs; a generator (used to write games), and a runner (used to play them), though the runner is available to download separately. Currently, both programs only run on
Microsoft Windowsplatforms as they are written in Visual Basic. Since the release of version 4, in 2002, the generator is shareware(adventures over a certain size cannot be saved until a registration fee of 12 GBP is paid), though the runner is available free to everyone. Older ( freeware) versions of the program can also be downloaded on the website.
The next major version, version 5, projected to be released in 2008 will be written in Visual Basic.net.
Unlike many text adventure creation tools (such as
TADS), the author needs little knowledge of how to program to use the ADRIFT generator. Instead, the author is presented with a simple graphical interface with which to write their game. This allows for text adventures to be written more quickly by people who are primarily authors rather than programmers. [" [http://brasslantern.org/editorials/easyif-c.html Brass Lantern - Easy Interactive Fiction Languages] "]
jAsea is an
open-sourceJava application that runs Adrift games. It allows anyone with a Java-enabled web browser regardless of platform to play ADRIFT games. Development of jAsea was discontinued in 2004. SCARE is an ANSI/ISO C secondary clone of jAsea and the project has resulted in the ability to play ADRIFT games on several platforms including Linux, Windows, DOS, Macintosh and Amiga.
Two of the most critically acclaimed ADRIFT games to date are "The PK Girl", which achieved 6th place in the
Interactive Fiction Competitionin 2002, [ [http://www.ifcomp.org/comp02/ IF Competition 2002 Results] ] and "A Fine Day for Reaping", which took 7th place in the Interactive Fiction Competition [ [http://www.ifcomp.org/comp07/ IF Competition 2007 Results] ] and won the XYZZY Awardfor Best Story in 2007. [ [http://www.wurb.com/if/award/3#541 XYZZY Awards 2007 Results] ]
* [http://www.adrift.org.uk/ ADRIFT Website]
* [http://www.adrift.org.uk/forum ADRIFT Forum]
* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/jasea/ jAsea homepage]
* [http://www.geocities.com/legion_if/scare.html SCARE Project homepage]
* [http://www.firthworks.com/roger/cloak/adrift/index.html Cloak of Darkness: ADRIFT] presents a short game implemented in ADRIFT, as well as other languages for comparison.
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