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Weekly Time Waster - ‘AI Dungeon’

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If you’ve ever played a text-based adventure game, you know that you play through a story where there are choices you make along the way; these choices eventually lead to one of multiple endings based on your influence. But what if the story never ended or just kept evolving into something that doesn’t even utterly make any sense anymore?

That is the joy, comedy and frustration of “AI Dungeon.”

“AI Dungeon” is controlled by an artificial intelligence (oh no, not Skynet!) that creates and adapts an adventure story based on what you type in. It’s like talking to a chatbot on a business website, except that this one writes you fun stories instead of telling you it can’t solve your problem.

You start off by selecting a story genre ranging from fantasy to apocalyptic to science fiction to anything you can think of with a “custom” option. From there, the AI takes over and crafts you the beginning of a random adventure, seeking your input for each encounter.

In my first playthrough, I was aboard the USS Enterprise as the captain of the vessel, encountering the invasion of a planet by Klingons. By the end of the story, I somehow was a ruthless galactic tyrant who was helping the Cylons from “Battlestar Galactica” enslave humanity.

Based on your input, a story can deviate and go completely off the rails; if you are unsatisfied with the direction a story is going, you can either type “/revert” to go back and try a new input or you can just start over. Playing this game was like doing improv with a partner, except your partner is either super into the story or just completely drunk and spewing out hilarious nonsense.

“AI Dungeon” is absolutely a blast if you want to waste your time, and hey, what more can you ask for from a game that lets you survive the zombie apocalypse with your best friend Indiana Jones while catching Pokémon in the wild?

“AI Dungeon” is free to download on the Android and IOS stores!

Last modified on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:44


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