ThinBASIC Adventure Builder

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ThinBASIC Adventure Builder
Interpreter, Authoring system
Links Home page Download
Developer catventure
Format Other
Interaction style Parser
System Windows
System details Windows XP and above 32/64bit

Linux: Emulation Wine 5.0.3 (Debian 5.0.3-3) Mac: Could work under "Parallels Desktop"

Latest version 71 / 3 Sep 2023
Status Stable
Uses interpreter

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thinBASIC Adventure Builder a.k.a. T.A.B. is a free, offline, downloadable parser-based, retro text adventure or interactive fiction creator for Windows XP and above.

T.A.B. was created by Philip Richmond, and replaces his previous authoring system, the Creative Adventure Toolkit (a.k.a. C.A.T.).


TAB Details


TAB operates on similar principles to popular 80's 8-bit retro adventure creators such as STAC, GAC, CAT, Quill or PAW.
It has been developed with the thinBASIC scripting language.
Some Screenshots here
Version History Change Log: here

It is very easy to make a standalone adventure game using the freely distributable 'TAB Player' linked to a finished TAB game database that has been built with the TAB Editor.

Online Quickstart TUTORIAL (included in TAB download) here

Sound and music supported: mp3, ogg, wav, aiff, mod.
Graphics supported: jpg, gif, bmp, png.
FMV supported: wmv (Windows Media File)

There are 4 versions of TAB available:
TEXT only version 71
TEXT with 2 vertical GRAPHICSBOXES version 71
TEXT with 3 horizontal GRAPHICSBOXES version 71
TEXT with 1 horizontal GRAPHICBOX version 71

The TAB Programs run on Windows XP and above. After unzipping read the text files and user tutorial for further information on how to use the TAB. Run the "TAB_Editor" or "TAB_Player" applications to begin using TAB.

[Special Note: When starting the program(s) it's possible that some virus checkers may produce a "false-positive" warning. You may need to tell your antivirus software to create an 'exception' for the game app(s) in order to allow it to run]

Latest Release

03 Sep 2023 (Release 71)

Version History

TAB YouTube Playlist

User Guide/Tutorial





Tab split screen.jpg

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