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Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:25 am
by rotter
I've not heard of this before but apparently there is an Android app called ''Fabularium' which can play 'most' formats including Glulx, Adrift and TADS 3 (do not think this is a April 1st joke). Haven't got an Android phone so can't test it myself. It claims to run ADRIFT games so I'm guessing that it plays V4.

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Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:56 am
by rotter
As an update someone has played Without A Clue by David Whyld on using Fabularium. For the youngsters out there, it is a V4 game written back in 2008.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:23 am
by David Whyld
I just downloaded this to see what it's like. It's a bit fiddly having to unzip files and add them to the library, and I've never been fond of playing games on my mobile anyway, but it's always nice to have it as an option. It's also pretty cool that it can run ADRIFT games for both v4 and v5. I've not had chance to properly test everything yet, so there could be problems that crop up, but at the very least it's a good start.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:04 am
by rotter
David Whyld wrote:I just downloaded this to see what it's like. It's a bit fiddly having to unzip files and add them to the library, and I've never been fond of playing games on my mobile anyway, but it's always nice to have it as an option. It's also pretty cool that it can run ADRIFT games for both v4 and v5. I've not had chance to properly test everything yet, so there could be problems that crop up, but at the very least it's a good start.


It plays V5 games? Wow! Have to admit I'm not a great lover of IF on a mobile, but it seems others like it.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:42 am
by David Whyld
My bad. I thought it said somewhere that it supported v5 games but I just tried it with three different games and it didn't work with any of them. Hopefully v5 support will be added one day.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:32 am
by ralphmerridew
It's probably a reskinned SCARE.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:50 pm
by rotter
ralphmerridew wrote:It's probably a reskinned SCARE.


It does mention Scare on the app page.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:04 pm
by ralphmerridew
Unfortunately, ADRIFT is written in a manner that puts lots of logic into the interpreter, and there's very little specification as to what each primitive means exactly. As such, trying to duplicate all that logic is tedious and error-prone. A good interpreter will probably require assistance from Campbell.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:03 am
by DazaKiwi
Thanks for sharing that find Rotter. Pity it cannot run V5 Adrift games though.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:40 am
by Campbell
Tim Cowper, the author of Fabularium, got in touch recently, asking for support to get this working for ADRIFT 5. Now the source is available, this may become a reality.

Re: Fabularium Android app

PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:41 am
by DazaKiwi
Campbell wrote:Tim Cowper, the author of Fabularium, got in touch recently, asking for support to get this working for ADRIFT 5. Now the source is available, this may become a reality.


That's great news! :)