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Lantern Text-adventure IDE

Lantern is a text-adventure authoring/cross-compilier/assembler that lets you create adventure games and run them on your favorite classic 8-bit computers, Raspberry Pi, or Windows.  Lantern is a .Net application an will run on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

Lantern can export games to Amstrad CPC64, Apple //e, Coco 2/3, Commodore 64, CP/M, IBM PC/XT, TRS-80 1/3/4, ZX Spectrum and Linux.   

An easy to use GUI for creating the game.
A built-in player for testing your games.
A four-word parser with disambiguation.
A simple 'C' like language for custom game logic.
Drop-in code snippets to make programming easier.
Lots of helpful video tutorials.
Ability to import Trizbort maps!
Easy export to the target platform.


That's so cool. What can't Lantern do?

Lantern is an 8-bit system.  This imposes certain limits on the game size. There is a limit of 128 rooms and 255 text strings. Unlike Infocom's Z-Machine, this tool does not use a virtual machine with memory management (yet). This limits the maximum game size to the amount of contiguous RAM available in the target machine. For making smallish games, though, it works really well.