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Hadean Lands
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Getting Closer
Release date: October 2014
Marooned in an alien, airless wasteland — your starship fractured — your crewmates missing. Can an apprentice alchemist learn how to survive?

Hadean Lands is interactive fiction — a classic text adventure. No graphics! No menus! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens next.

Repairing an alchemical starship single-handed? Not easy; perhaps impossible. You’ll have to discover the rituals you need, and then search for ingredients, and then improvise and substitute. You’ll have to calcine, distill, dissolve, and precipitate. And somehow, somewhere, you’ll have to figure out what happened and why.

What kind of game is Hadean Lands?

It's parser-based interactive fiction. For a sample, read this introductory transcript[]. (No spoilers.)

To play my older IF games, visit my web site[].

Is Hadean Lands finished?

Yes! After a successful Kickstarter and a four-year development cycle, Hadean Lands was released in October of 2014. Now I want to bring it to Steam.

Why now?

Interactive fiction ("text adventures", if you like) was the first game genre to hit big on home computers. In the early 1980s, graphics were primitive, so the most sophisticated stories and worlds were built in pure text. The player entered commands in simple English ("GET LAMP", "GO NORTH") and the game narrated its response. Games like Zork, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Trinity were best-sellers.

By 1990, commercial IF had been supplanted by graphical adventures and other, more familiar genres. But amateur authors and game designers kept the genre alive. The Internet IF community shared open-source tools and freely-downloadable games, and the IF world has continued to grow.

"Interactive fiction" has now expanded to cover a wide range of textual videogames and visual novels. It has influenced the growth of the entire gaming industry. But few of the old-style "GET LAMP" text games have gotten traction in the gaming market. Hadean Lands is probably the most commercially successful parser IF game of the 21st century — already.

Why not Linux?

Hadean Lands was built as a portable interactive fiction game file. It can be played on just about any operating system (Mac, Windows, Linux, Android...) using an open-source IF interpreter.

However, for Steam, I have to set up the interpreter as a self-running game application. I've worked out how to do this for Mac and Windows. I'm sure it's possible for Linux, but I have not yet dug into the details of compiling the interpreter in a way that works across Linuxes. So I'm not checking the "Linux" box just yet.

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$AmUrAy Jan 24, 2016 @ 9:55pm 
SleepyCat May 11, 2015 @ 7:07am 
Oh my. Upvoting this.
Crater Labs May 3, 2015 @ 3:59pm 
An Andrew Plotkin game on Steam? Oh, yes, yes, yes please... I love Steam, and I love Plotkin. I still get chills thinking about Spider And Web. I'd definitely buy this on Steam.
sabrina Mar 20, 2015 @ 12:50pm 
absolutely brilliant game. deserves the best distribution possible.
Daddy Mukmuk Mar 10, 2015 @ 3:31pm 
I've played the game and it's a well-written, clever mindbender. I would suggest keeping just a few notes on specific items' properties; made it easier than looking through the game's reference material. The auto-perform function on rituals etc. that have already been figured out is ground-breaking (and quite convenient). Great game!
Dormammu Mar 6, 2015 @ 11:31am 
Interesting, I've always loved text-based RPGs. On an unrelated(sort of) question, have you ever heard of Sanctuary RPG? It's another text-based RPG, but instead of typing in yes or no, you put in 1 or y to go to places or fight. I think people should check it out while huddling in a corner waiting for this game to come out.
kd7tck Mar 5, 2015 @ 10:29pm 
Sweet, one of my all time favorite game genres. 4X, IF, and RPG's are the only ones that truly suck me in for days at a time.
binaryatrocity Feb 24, 2015 @ 4:04pm 
I am the total opposite of a "Sci-fi" fan, and usually avoid anything with aliens or spaceships like the plague. That said, I'm a big fan of both old IF games (Zork/Enchanter) and the MUD/MUCK/MUSHes that spawned from them. This game looks absolutely amazing and I hope it comes to Steam soon (with the Humble Bundle store option as well so I can pay in bitcoin! :D)
Infiniteloop Feb 22, 2015 @ 6:41pm 
The graphics are stunning. The finely rendered "Q." Sublime. Also, I hear there is a story and some puzzling stuff? Whatever.
lordperejil Feb 22, 2015 @ 1:49pm 
Great game!