The Beginning of Colossal Cave

A slightly interactive demonstration

Welcome to Adventure!

The Interactive Original
By Will Crowther (1973) and Don Woods (1977)
Reconstructed in three steps by:
Donald Ekman, David M. Baggett (1993) and Graham Nelson (1994)
[In memoriam Stephen Bishop (1820?-1857): GN]
Release 5 / Serial number 961209 / Inform v6.31 Library 6/11 S

At End Of Road
You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.
This is how the game starts. The overly detailed trail of provenance is, of course, not in the original.
Enter well house
Explore forest first

In A Valley
You are in a valley in the forest beside a stream tumbling along a rocky bed.


At Slit In Streambed
At your feet all the water of the stream splashes into a 2-inch slit in the rock. Downstream the streambed is bare rock.


Outside Grate
You are in a 20-foot depression floored with bare dirt. Set into the dirt is a strong steel grate mounted in concrete. A dry streambed leads into the depression.
>open grate
It seems to be locked.
The player will now have to go back and get the keys.