Colossal Cave Adventure

Colossal Cave Adventure


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You are in a twisty maze of passageways, all alike...

Somewhere nearby is Colossal Cave, where others have found fortunes in treasure and gold, though it is rumored that some who enter are never seen again. Magic is said to work in the cave.

430 point version of the classic text-based game that started it all.

While this was not the first text-based computer game, it broke new ground and inspired generations of gamers and programmers alike.

Just a few of the memorable lines from the game to jog your memory and pique your interest.

- You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike.
- A hollow voice says "PLUGH".
- A little dwarf just walked around a corner, saw you, threw a little axe at you which missed, cursed, and ran away.
- Rubbing the electric lamp is not particularly rewarding. Anyway, nothing exciting happens.
- A huge green fierce snake bars the way!

This implementation is a translation of Don Woods 430 point extension to William Crowther's original Colossal Cave Adventure. At this point, it pretty much stays true to the original.

Screen Appearance

You can change the font size of the text displayed on the screen. Use the preferences to choose between small, medium (default), large, and extra-large.

Text to Speech

You can have the game read aloud provided you have a Text to Speech library installed (Android 1.6+) and at least one English speaking locale. I don't know how useful this will be, but I'm enjoying it.

Also, it will warn you when you start the application if you have it turned on, just in case you are in a "quiet" area (meeting at work, library, etc.).

The Preferences menu item will allow you to turn on/off the feature as well as choose the locale you wish to speak.

This feature is not required to play the game, it is just a fun addition that I wanted to offer.

Voice Recognition

If your device supports voice recognition, you can now speak your commands to the game.

When you speak your command, the voice recognition engine will show you a list of words that it understood you to say, allowing you to choose the correct one from that list.

You can customize the behavior of this as follows using the Preferences menu option:

- Turn on/off the voice recognition capability.
- Direct it to take the best match to your spoken command and automatically use it.
- Direct it to show you up to 5 matches to your spoken command.
- Direct it to show you up to 10 matches to your spoken command.

It does take a little time learning how to speak to it so that it will understand, but as the voice recognition technology continues to improve, so should your experience here.

Also, you won't be able to use voice recognition for everything. The magic words, for example, aren't exactly something you can speak.

Finally, for those words that don't distinguish themselves from others in the first 5 characters, I've built a translator to help. For example, you speak "Northeast" and select it, the game will translate that to "ne" which it will understand. If you encounter any of these that I've missed, contact me and I will add them.

I don't know how useful this will be, but I'm enjoying it.


There are a couple on the developer's web site as well as some short ones to help you out if you need it.


There is now a menu option that will make it easier to contact the developer with any issues you may have.


This game has a lot of history behind it. Check out the developer's web site for more information.

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Recently changed in this version

You can now use the Compass Rose to enter your standard direction commands as well as a couple of other buttons that allow you to enter Up/Down/Yes/No without using the keyboard.

A new Most Recently Used list in Landscape mode will keep track of your last 20 commands.

Removed the compatibility menu that would appear on some devices and added an action bar.

Attempting to fix an issue with some Samsung devices that would cause the app to fail and crash.

Internal modifications and clean up.

Comments and ratings for Colossal Cave Adventure
  • (40 stars)

    by Jon Harris on 15/05/2014

    My friends and I had a 3-D map of cardboard in the basement!

  • (40 stars)

    by edmund cave on 28/04/2014

    This is really good and brings back memory's of sleepless night trying to get all the loot. The biggest bug I have with it is that I can't find find a way to get a clear list of word commands this version uses. This makes the programme handerling of commands I used on the Amiga version seem inadequate making for many frustrating moments trying to get the game do things. I think a command like "lis

  • (40 stars)

    by Kate Campbell on 12/03/2014

    I played this constantly when I was in my teens, great to see it again. Brings back lots of memories - still remember lots of the commands

  • (40 stars)

    by Karie Morgan on 09/03/2014

    Ok. It's not really mine. But I grew up playing this on my dad's old wang computer. Love that I found this. Never actually beat the game. Maybe this time around?? #memories

  • (40 stars)

    by Jakob Selja on 26/02/2014

    I love this game! It is so much fun and the person talking to you has a lot of character. I am stuck at the part where you enter the cave through the grate and find your way into the dome. WHAT NEXT? How do you get past the snake?

  • (40 stars)

    by Francesca S on 20/02/2014

    Works well on my phone. Entertaining and funny. Highly recommend it.

  • (40 stars)

    by Ahmed Abdalhalim on 02/01/2014

    Very exciting,didn't expect this for a word game

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