Download A Mind Forever Voyaging

More than 29300 old games to download for free!

A Mind Forever Voyaging

DOS - 1985

Also available on: Mac - Amiga - Apple II - Atari ST

Alt names A Mind Forever Voyaging - a science fiction story, AMFV, PRISM
Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Cyberpunk / Dark Sci-Fi, Interactive Fiction
Publisher Infocom, Inc.
Developer Infocom, Inc.
Perspective Text-based / Spreadsheet
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
4.39 / 5 - 34 votes

Description of A Mind Forever Voyaging

Read Full Description

Often billed as Infocom's first serious science fiction (a fact that probably explains its poor sales record), A Mind Forever Voyaging ranks with Trinity as my most favorite Infocom games, and one of the best games I ever played.

The plot of the game is as unique as it gets, and explains why Steve Meretzky is one of the very few computer game designers to be officially honored as sci-fi writer. You are Perry Sim, a hitherto normal person who wakes up one day to find that you are in fact PRISM, the world's first sentient computer, and that the illusion of your earlier life had been a necessary part of your programming process. Your first mission: test the value of a controversial long-term economic stimulus program. You do this by going into a virtual reality computer simulation of the country ten years hence, and make recordings of everyday activities that can evidence the plan's success or failure.

Unlike other Infocom classics, A Mind Forever Voyaging is meant to be experienced rather than played. The first two parts of the game have almost no puzzles, focusing instead on exploration and discovery as you walk the streets of Rockville and observe the changes that take place over time. And what a world it is to explore! Rockvil is a bustling city that is brought to life by convincing and detailed descriptions. Examining most objects and buildings often yields more detail and historical anecdotes. Your identity as a computer is cleverly reinforced by a computer-screen interface that allows you to go in and out of the simulation at will; in Communications Mode, you can read up on world news and research the library for information, while the Interface Mode allows you direct control of subsidiary computers in the complex.

Most of the puzzles are in the third and last part of the game, where you must fight for survival against those who are displeased with data you uncovered in the simulation. Although there are only a few, they are very clever indeed. In fact, Meretzky was so pleased with the puzzle at the end of this section that he used virtually the identical one at the end of Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2 (which is not even 1/1000th as good as this game).

A Mind Forever Voyaging remains today as a major milestone in interactive fiction-- a game that transcends its "game"-ness and becomes a truly captivating interactive novel. Its richness of detail and level of depth make the game enjoyable even when you're playing it for the third time or more. Definitely a must play for all IF fans, and especially fans of serious sci-fi.

Review By HOTUD

External links

Comments and reviews

BLAKE KEAN HAIRHUGsnec 2.0 VERSION 2017-09-21 1 point Amiga version


Dude 2017-05-17 6 points DOS version

Of course its linear, it is a text game, and it is progressing a story to an end. A theme that reducing freedom solves the ills of society? Wow I can tell you only played two decades. Check out the thirty and fourty year simulations and tell me how its still going?

Microbe 2015-09-28 -10 points

The game is linear; once you venture into new "years" you can't go back. The play is innovative at first, and takes a novel approach to text adventuring. But it's linear and uninteresting when hands-on playing. Also has a theme that reducing freedom solves all the ills of society.

Write a comment

Share your gamer memories, help others to run the game or comment anything you'd like. If you have trouble to run A Mind Forever Voyaging, read the abandonware guide first!


Download A Mind Forever Voyaging

We may have multiple downloads for few games when different versions are available. Also, we try to upload manuals and extra documentation when possible. If you have additional files to contribute or have the game in another language, please contact us!

DOS Version

Mac Version

Amiga ROM

Apple II Version

Atari ST ROM

Similar games

Fellow retro gamers also downloaded these games:

Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess abandonware
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the PrincessDOS, C64, Atari 8-bit, Apple II, FM-7, PC-881982
Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - The Second Scenario abandonware
Wizardry: Knight of Diamonds - The Second ScenarioDOS, C64, Apple II, FM-7, PC-88, PC-981987
A Mind Forever Voyaging abandonware
A Mind Forever VoyagingDOS, Mac, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple II1985
Forest Dumb Forever abandonware
Forest Dumb ForeverAmiga1996
1869 abandonware
1869DOS, Amiga1992
Moonmist abandonware
MoonmistDOS, Mac, C64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari 8-bit, Apple II1986

Ad Consent Terms About Contact FAQ Useful links Contribute Taking screenshots How to play

MyAbandonware utopiaweb