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Infocom
Industry Entertainment/Business software
When it was created June 22, 1979 (1979-06-22) by MIT
Defunct May 5, 1989 (1989-05-05)
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts
Key people Dave Lebling
Marc Blank
Albert Vezza
Joel Berez
Steve Meretzky
Things made

Zork series
Planetfall series
Leather Goddesses of Phobos series
Deadline
Z-machine
Cornerstone
Computer game version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

See products listing
Parent Activision

Infocom was a software company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that produced numerous works of interactive fiction. They also produced one notable business application, a relational database called Cornerstone. It is also credited for creating the DOS game series Zork. The company bought by Activision in 1986.

Titles and authors

Interactive fiction

  • The Zork series:
    • The original Zork Trilogy (Marc Blank & Dave Lebling):
      • Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (1980)
      • Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz (1981)
      • Zork III: The Dungeon Master (1982)
    • The Enchanter Trilogy:
      • Enchanter (1983, Marc Blank and Dave Lebling)
      • Sorcerer (1984, Steve Meretzky)
      • Spellbreaker (1985, Dave Lebling)
    • Mini Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (1987, Marc Blank & Dave Lebling, free cut-down, single load tape version of game, covermounted on UK's ZZAP!64 magazine)
    • Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor (1987, Brian Moriarty)
    • Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz (1988, Steve Meretzky)
    • Zork: The Undiscovered Underground (1997, Michael Berlyn and Marc Blank)
  • The Planetfall series:
    • Planetfall (1983, Steve Meretzky)
    • Stationfall (1987, Steve Meretzky)
  • Deadline (1982, Marc Blank)
  • Starcross (1982, Dave Lebling)
  • Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare (1983, Michael Berlyn)
  • Infidel (1983, Michael Berlyn)
  • The Witness (1983, Stu Galley)
  • Cutthroats (1984, Michael Berlyn & Jerry Wolper)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984, Steve Meretzky & Douglas Adams)
  • Seastalker (1984, Stu Galley & Jim Lawrence)
  • Suspect (1984, Dave Lebling)
  • A Mind Forever Voyaging (1985, Steve Meretzky)
  • Wishbringer: The Magick Stone of Dreams (1985, Brian Moriarty)
  • Ballyhoo (1986, Jeff O'Neill)
  • Hollywood Hijinx (1986, "Hollywood" Dave Anderson)
  • Leather Goddesses of Phobos (1986, Steve Meretzky)
  • Moonmist (1986, Stu Galley & Jim Lawrence)
  • Trinity (1986, Brian Moriarty)
  • Border Zone (1987, Marc Blank)
  • Bureaucracy (1987, Infocom & Douglas Adams)
  • The Lurking Horror (1987, Dave Lebling)
  • Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It (1987, Jeff O'Neill)
  • Plundered Hearts (1987, Amy Briggs)
  • Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels (1988, Bob Bates)
  • Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur (1989, Bob Bates)
  • James Clavell's Shogun (1989, Dave Lebling)
  • Journey (1989, Marc Blank)

Other titles

  • Graphic Adventures
    • Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2: Gas Pump Girls Meet the Pulsating Inconvenience from Planet X! (1992, Steve Meretzky)
    • Return to Zork (1993, Doug Barnett)
    • Zork: Nemesis (1996)
    • Zork Grand Inquisitor (1997)
  • BattleTech Games
    • BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception (1988, developed by Westwood Studios)
    • BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Revenge (1991, developed by Westwood Studios)
  • Other Games
    • Fooblitzky (1985, Marc Blank, Mike Berlyn, Poh Lim & Paula Maxwell)
    • Quarterstaff: The Tomb of Setmoth (1988, Scott Schmitz, Ken Updike & Amy Briggs)
    • Mines of Titan (1988, Louis Castle & Brett Sperry)
    • Tombs & Treasure (1989, developed by Nihon Falcom)
    • Circuit's Edge (1989, developed by Westwood Studios)
  • Infocomics
    • Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen (1988, Steve Meretzky)
    • Gamma Force in Pit of a Thousand Screams (1988, Amy Briggs)
    • ZorkQuest: Assault on Egreth Castle (1988, Elizabeth Langosy)
    • ZorkQuest II: The Crystal of Doom (1988, Elizabeth Langosy)

Collections

  • The Zork Trilogy (1986; contained Zork I, Zork II & Zork III)
  • The Enchanter Trilogy (1986; contained Enchanter, Sorcerer & Spellbreaker)
  • The Lost Treasures of Infocom (1991; contained 20 of Infocom's interactive fiction games)
  • The Lost Treasures of Infocom II (1992; contained 11 interactive fiction games)
  • The Zork Anthology (1994; contained Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Beyond Zork & Zork Zero)
  • The Mystery Collection (1995; contained Deadline, Lurking Horror, Moonmist, Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels, Suspect and The Witness. Zork Zero and Planetfall were a bonus in some packages)
  • The Adventure Collection (1995; contained Border Zone, Plundered Hearts, Cutthroats, Trinity and Infidel)
  • The Comedy Collection (1995; contained Bureaucracy, Hollywood Hijinx and Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It)
  • The Fantasy Collection (1995; contained Spellbreaker, Enchanter, Sorcerer, Seastalker and Wishbringer)
  • The Science Fiction Collection (1995; contained Suspended, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Starcross, Stationfall and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
  • Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom (1996; contained 33 Infocom games plus six winners of the SPAG Interactive Fiction Contest not affiliated with Infocom)
  • Zork Special Edition (1997; contained Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Beyond Zork, Zork Zero, Return to Zork, Zork: Nemesis, and Planetfall)
  • Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction (2000)
  • The Zork Legacy Collection (2002; contained The Zork Anthology, Return to Zork, and Zork Nemesis)

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