Skip to main content
This is the in-class activity for Thursday January 13.
The materials that you will need for this in-class activity are:

In Class Activity: Play Text Adventure Games

Today in class you will play a text-adventure games in groups of 2-5 people. We are going to play this game:

  1. Sentient Beings. This is a text adventure game in the style of classic games like Zork and other Infocom games.

Sentient Beings won the “Text Adventure Literacy Jam” which is designed to introduce younger people to text-based adventure games. Helpfully, the game will offer you a tutorial mode. If you enable it then, the game will display a bunch of userful hints about what commands you can use at each location in the game.

What to do

  1. After the game asks for your name, and whether you want the tutorial model, please issue the command TSTART. Doing so will start a log of your game transcript. Once you’re done playing, then type TSTOP and the trascript will be downloaded to your Downloads folder.
  2. Please submit your game transcript to Gradescope by Monday, January 17, 2022 before 11:59PM.


The parser for text adventure games typically has a limited vocabulary. This cheatsheet should guide to what commands are allowable in text adventure games: