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A text adventure started 40 years ago has only just been finished

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A piece of interactive fiction that was created for a 16-bit minicomputer in the early 1980s has finally been completed, four decades later.

Ferret, a Zork-like text adventure, began development in 1982 for the Data General Nova 2. The game was put together by a group of software engineers from Data General’s UK-based Systems Division.

Ferret only received a final functional release complete with an endgame in August this year, according to a post on the game’s Facebook community.

Ferret was brought to our attention by a tweet from blogger Jason Dyer, a.k.a. Renga In Blue. Dyer delves into the history of Ferret in some depth, and provides some interesting snippets of the game’s text.

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