Discussing interactive fiction: reading, writing, playing, crafting, implementing.
A new INSTEAD 2.5-alpha release is open for testing.
The new features are too numerous to list but here're some highlights:
- A completely new Lua stack
- A tiny core for blind-accessible interpreters
instead-tiny, also see Plainstead project).
- A new
pixelsmodule allows procedural pixelated graphics.
INSTEAD-JS is a web port with INSTEAD 2.5 support. It can play games from ZIP archives (user-provided or online-hosted). Some features (for example, custom fonts, OGG sounds) are not supported in IE.
You can download the Windows, Caanoo, WinCE, Symbian and Linux packages from here: http://instead.syscall.ru/instead/2.5.0/ and the Android version is here: http://nlbproject.com/dist/instead-ng-alpha.apk
There is no iOS version (Apple forbids interpreters in App Store) but INSTEAD-JS is playable.
You can try INSTEAD without installing in an online playground: https://technix.github.io/instead-playground/
After an extensive beta testing it would become INSTEAD 3.0. Stay tuned!