This looks awesome! Will there be a physical release like the previous game?
A downloadable game
Today is April 19, 1907. You, Emilia Vittorini, arrived yesterday in Varenna, on the shore of the beautiful Lake Como. You are hosted at the magnificent Villa Briccorosso; Princess Lucilla Briccorosso is preparing for the Silk Road Race, a 10,000km rally raid between Cairo in Egypt and Peking in China, to be done by car.
You represent ITA, founded by your father, the company that built the car the Princess just bought to use during the rally. The car is supposed to be delivered today. Your role will be to assist the delivery and make sure everything is perfectly functional.
C64, VIC20+32K, C128, Plus/4, PET models with at least 32K of RAM, Amiga, CPC 664 or CPC6128, MSX, ZX Spectrum 48K, MS-DOS, Macintosh 68k, CP/M, Olivetti M20, RC2014, Atari 800, Apple II, Atari ST.
Silk Dust is a text adventure game that you can play on your vintage computers. A text adventure is a game where all the interaction takes places with textand you instruct your alter ego by typing command at a prompt. The rest is done by your fantasy!
Here are some important commands:
look: describe again the location where the player is present
examine object: describe the specified object
north or n or go to north: moves to the north, if possible. Other directions are s, e, w, up, down.
The command bye allows to exit from the game and restart well... it restarts it. You can take objects that you "notice" and you can have a list of carried objects with inventory.
The following abbreviations are available:
- l for look
- x or ex for examine
- i or inve or inven for inventory
The game is divided in four parts. When you complete one of them, you will get a code that allows to immediately jump to the beginning of the next part. Write down that to resume the game in the future. Passwords are important, write them down!
On some platforms, you can save and load the game (use save and load).
Draw a map! Examine every object mentioned in the description, it may reveal other details of the story or contribute to the general atmosphere. Think outside the box: to open a locked door you don't always need a key! In general, while playing the game, do not adopt "use" to perform an action, try to be more specific: "pour water on fire" may be better than "use water with fire".
I wrote some original music for the game. Listen freely to the playlist on SoudCloud
The links point to my blog: Davide Bucci's Silk Dust
You will require emulators to play the game if you don't have the original hardware.
Execute the MS-DOS version with a machine providing ANSI.SYS for a better experience or use DOSBOX on a modern computer.
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Thank you! Not for the moment, but the future will tell.
Man it would be awesame, when some of you text-adventures would be ported for the Mega Drive or the NES. But first, thank you for your great work you made the past years.
Hi and thank you very much! I'm glad that you like the games.
I thought about those systems, but I was dubious, as they do not have a keyboard. The entire gameplay (currently based on a parser) would need to be rethought. Are there examples of similar text adventure games ported there? How are they working?
Implementing a menu system would change quite a lot the structure of the game, I fear.
your a right. I will think abut it. Maybe some ideas comes in my mind. When I got some, I will conatact you, I think.
Have a nice day
some Ideas, wich came in my mind last day:
- A in game keyboard
- buttons combinations
- someone write the game new, so that you have it like the adventure game Asterix comics
I didn't played it yet, but this game can be an example: https://vetea.itch.io/la-citadelle-du-chaos-megadrive
Have all a nice day!
Love multi system releases! Good job.
Oh, this looks interesting. :) I'll be waiting patiently for the playable story/adventure!