Nellan Is Thirsty




A child-friendly text adventure game written by Furman Smith, originally published as a type-in listing in the July-August issue of Recreational Computing magazine in 1980.

   To the best of my knowledge, the article contained the first published Computer Fantasy Simulation (CFS) written expressly for children. As with any CFS, obstacles and unfavorable situations had to be overcome. Unlike many, the creatures were all friendly and there was no violence; thus, planning, problem solving, and inventiveness were encouraged in a non-threatening atmosphere.Furman Smith

The game was written for the TRS-80 and for the "Heath" (whatever that is).

Ported to BBC BASIC for the BBC Micro computer in 2020.

More details at Stardot, at CASA, at Renga In Blue, at IFDB, and at the Internet Archive.


TitleNellan Is Thirsty
PublisherRecreational Computing (People's Computer Company)
AuthorsFurman Smith
Steven Darnold
Release TypeMagazine
Primary genreAdventure
Secondary genresText
Text Adventure
JoystickNot Supported
PlayersSingle Player
SaveNot Supported
CompatibilityA:✘ B:✔ Master: Untested



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