Explore Engine

Software entity

Joseph Peterson & De Crandell's BASIC engine for the TRS-80 computer. A generic way to create adventure games inspired by Colossal Cave Adventure.


The first video game about Explore Engine was released in 1982.

Peterson Computer Services has published all these games

Written in 1982 by Joseph Peterson and De Crandell. It ran adventures in the Explore Language which was stored in ordinary text files. Later versions of the engine's source code were written in C, Java, Flash, Python, and Ruby. Peterson prefers the Python version. The engine itself was only about 300 lines of code (approx 15kb). The Explore Language that stored the data and interactions for the games were considerably larger.