An Amiga Christmas Story - Prologue
Version 1.00 - March 17th 2010
A short text adventure by rockersuke, late to join the 1st Festive Annual
Amiga Game Making Competition but in time to encourage more comps, more
games, and more Amiga fun in years to come.
About the game and its limitations.
This little brief work of interactive fiction was intended to attend the
Christmas 2009 comp, but never made it in time. It is to be considered as a
teaser, first chapter, prologue or intro to a complete text adventure game
which will eventually be released later.
It's been developed with AMOS Professional. Audio samples are CC from jobro
and infobandit and the tree picture was taken at my job. Music was written
with ModPLug Tracker under Windows.
As a work meant for a fast programming contest, It lacks quiet a few basic
features any game of its kind should have. What's essentially missing is:
- A real parser. Now it only understands commands on a "one sentence-two
words" only basis. It will reject any attempt to a more complex input.
- A native english-speaking person proofreading.
- A more extense vocabulary. A lot of "guess-the-verb" syndrome is to be
- A real beta-testing, that's to say, made by someone other than me!
If you are not used to text-adventure gaming I suggest taking a look into
the wikipedia entry for "Interactive Fiction" for a detailed tour through
the medium and its history.
The game understands some commonly accepted standard commands as:
- GO direction: direction can be any cardinal point or its abreviation. Valid
directions are N,S,E,W,NE,NW,SE,SW,UP,DOWN,IN,OUT.
Commands as GO NORTH, NORTH, or just N are valid.
- LOOK: provides a general description of current location. Abreviation L
- EXAMINE object: returns a description of specified object if it has one.
Abreviation EX is acepted.
- INVENTORY or I: list currently carried objects, if any.
- SAVE, LOAD (or RESTORE): for saving and restoring your current game.
- TAKE,GET,DROP,LEAVE: getting or dropping items.
- TURN object: turns an object on, if applicable. As the parser does not
understands more than 2 words at a time It's no use trying to input "TURN
object ON". Just "TURN object" will do.
- SOUND: switches sound effects on or off.
- MUSIC: switches background music on or off. Both, sound and music commands
save their state to a preferences file, so if you're playing from a floppy
disk it must be write-enabled.
The game will understand the use of "IT" or "ALL" words under certain
circumstances. E.G. you can EXAMINE object and then use GET IT as the next
command. If there are several items in a location you can try and take them
all with a single command using TAKE ALL.
- To the various authors of Amiga adventure-creating systems. Even if I
finally opted not to use any of them, the bare fact that they invested their
time and effort on them was encouraging.
- To Jeremy Freese for his work "Violet", winner of the 2008 Annual
Interactive Fiction Competition, which I strongly recommend to both
experienced and newcomer text-gaming players and to which my little Amiga
game owes more than a couple of concepts.
- To the organizers of the 1st Festive Annual
Amiga Game Making Comp... for
organizing the 1st Festive Annual
Amiga Game Making Comp ;-)
The game has been succesfully executed on a kickstart 3.1 68030 accelerated
Amiga 1200 and a kickstart 3.1 68000 Amiga 600. Under WinUAE emulation the
game loaded fine in a plain 512 Kb kickstart 1.3 Amiga 500 provided that
Workbench was not loaded and consuming memory. So any 1 Mb machine is a safe
guess, and a bootable disk with just the game file and a startup-sequence to
run it will presumably work in any 512 KB Amiga.
- -1.00 2010-03-17
Now It works on 68000 based Amigas, as It always was meant to do! Some
rather obscure AMOS Pro compiler bug which prevented it must still be
- 0.99 2010-01-12
Background music available and switchable. Sound and music preferences get
permanently saved to a prefs file.
- 0.95 2009-12-31
Game now does not crash when attempting to pick a non present non pickable
item. Thanks to Leffmann for spotting the very first serious bug.
- 0.90 2009-12-31
First public release!
"An Amiga Christmas Story" is freeware, so It's freely distributable as long
as no modifications are made to its files without the author permission.
Download here a zip file with an LHA archive and a adf file