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Game «The Returning of the Quantum Cat» INSTEAD — INterpreter of Simple TExt ADventure. Using INSTEAD you can create and play adventure games that could be classified as a mix of visual novel and quest text, like well-known text-book games.

Author Peter Kosyh
License GNU GPL — source code, Creative Commons 3.0 BY — components
Free software
Program components C, Lua — engine, SDL — graphical interface
Language Russian, English, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian
Supported operating systems Linux, Maemo, FreeBSD, Android, Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS X, Haiku, S60 3rd, GPH Caanoo
Last stable version 1.8.1 (19.11.2012)
Downloads INSTEAD Official games NON-official games in Rus


  • Develop games using fairly simple scripting, object-oriented programming language Lua (Lua-based script);
  • GUI and text (readline) interfaces;
  • GUI interface supports music and pictures. Images can be made interactive: clicking the mouse on them in a particular area - the appropriate action;
  • Theme support;
  • Portability (INSTEAD depends on SDL and Lua);
  • Support URQ-games with urq-module.
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