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    Text RPG Engine

    JS library in ES6 to create text adventures, or works of interactive fiction, with the ability to craft custom player interactions through "prompts", which comprise a game's commands. Lightweight (~51kb minified) and small (~400 lines of code).

    npm install text-rpg-engine

    Animated example demo

    Text RPG Engine - Example Demo


    • Games can be programmatically built with API or populated with data from a static JSON file
    • No server required to play games (JS files are bundled and transpiled with Browserify)
    • Player can move through rooms (rooms can have item requirements)
    • Inventory system
    • Environment and item interactions through prompts
    • Extreme flexibility; prompts can be anything and are stored in rooms, so prompts can have the same keyword triggers as long as they belong to different rooms


    • User can only perform one prompt / command at a time
    • There are no "common" prompt interactions; everything must be defined and repeated throughout different rooms if necessary


    • Webpack
    • Babel
    • Browserify

    Getting the library (from NPM)

    • npm install text-rpg-engine

    Building the library (from source)

    • npm install to get the project's (text-rpg-engine's) dependencies
    • npm run build to produce minified version of the library.

    Library package scripts

    • npm run build - produces production version of the library under the lib folder
    • npm run dev - produces development version of the library and runs a watcher
    • npm run build:example - produces bundled example app (with Browserify) from /example/main.js

    Build process

    If you make any changes to the library files (anything inside /src), you will have to run npm run build to produce a new production version of the library.

    ANY changes you make in your client JS script, e.g. the main.js file, you will have to transpile the code again with Browserify. For example, if you make any changes for the example game, you will have to run this command inside the directory.

    browserify -t brfs main.js -o bundle.js

    Using the library API to create a game

    const game = require('text-rpg-engine');
    // Below code uses library API to programmatically build games
    // Add a room (by default will be beginning room since it was first added)
    const startRoom = game.addRoom('Beginning', 'This is the beginning room');
    // Add a second room (by default will be winning room since it was added last)
    const endRoom = game.addRoom('SecondRoom', 'You did it! You won!');
    // Or we could do this, to manually set which rooms to start / end
    // game.startRoom = 'Beginning'; // Set beginning room programatically
    // game.endRoom = 'SecondRoom'; // Set end room programatically
    // Add required item to room
      // name of prompt (required)
      'go right',
      // keywords that will activate prompt (required)
      ['go right', 'move right', 'open right', 'enter right', 'door right', 'right door'],
      // results of prompt
        // successful prompt result text (required)
        'successText': 'You enter in the access code "14052" and successfully open the door.',
        // failed prompt result text (optional; a default fail text is displayed when a prompt fails)
        'failText': 'The door is locked with an access code!',
        // room to enter as result of prompt (optional)
        'roomToEnter': 'SecondRoom',
        // items added to inventory after successful prompt result (optional)
        'itemsGiven': 'trophy'
      // required items to successfully do prompt (optional)
      'look room',
      ['look room', 'look at room', 'search room', 'examine room', 'look in'],
        'successText': 'You see a room with a door to the right and a statue in the middle.'
      'get statue',
      ['get statue', 'pick up statue', 'take statue', 'pick statue'],
        'successText': `You pick up the statue. It feels heavy in your hands, and there's something hanging off
                        the bottom.`,
        'itemsGiven': ['statue']
      'rotate statue', 
      ['rotate statue', 'rotate the statue'],
        'successText': 'You take the note from the bottom of the statue.',
        'failText': 'You have no statue to look at!',
        'itemsGiven': ['note']
      'look note',
      ['look at note', 'examine note', 'take note', 'get note', 'check note', 'read note', 'look note'],
        'successText': 'You look at the note and find an access code: "14052."',
        'failText': 'You have no note to look at!',
        'itemsGiven': ['accessKey']
      ['statue', 'note']

    Loading game data from a JSON file

    const game = require('text-rpg-engine');
    const path = require('path');
    const fs = require('fs');
    // Below code loads game data from static JSON file
    let data = JSON.parse(fs.readFileSync(path.join(__dirname, './example.json')));

    Letting users play the game on the web

    By default, the library looks for an input form element with the class input, and a div element with the class display for the game's input and display (these classnames can be remapped in the game's input and display properties).

    To link a game's backend to your webpage, include this in the script where the main game component is called / created:

    // Send user input to our game (on pressing 'Enter' in the form)
    document.getElementById('input').addEventListener('keypress', function (event) {
      if (event.keyCode === 13) {
        document.getElementById('input').value = '';

    Example files

    An example game has been created in /example. The example main.js file loads game data from example.json, and also contains commented out code to build the same game programmatically. The example game is what you see in the GIF demo and what's been written in this README.


    • Make game be able to parse user input for multiple prompts / commands
    • Make game be able to interchange common words in prompt keywords (so developers won't have to repeat synonyms for keyword triggers)
    • Add saving ability with different player names and scores (time it takes to solve game)
    • Create GUI to automatically generate JSON game data files



    npm i text-rpg-engine

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