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Text Adventure Puzzle Types

This page outlines some basic types of puzzle encountered in games as well as some examples and ideas for how to expand upon them. The categories are based on those in this article by Emily Short.

Mystery / Research

The focus of these puzzles is locating and combining information. General themes which can occur:

  • Filtering salient details out of large amounts of information.
  • Discovering which topics to look up in libraries.
  • Combining disparate pieces of information to draw conclusions.
  • Discovering which of a set of facts are correct / self-consistent.


These puzzles involve collecting information about a subject until it can be identified or some other conclusion drawn. Examples include:

  • Diagnosing illnesses based on symptoms.
  • Discovering why a broken machine isn't working.
  • Learning a behaviour through experimentation and putting this to use in solving another puzzle.
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