Release 15: May 1, 1984
Seastalker is an interactive fiction computer game designed by Stu Galley and Jim Lawrence and published by Infocom in 1984. Like most of Infocom's works, it was released simultaneously for several popular computer platforms of the time, such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, and IBM PC. The game was marketed as an introduction to interactive fiction for pre-teen players. It is Infocom's twelfth game.
The player's character is a young inventor and marine scientist. A research facility called the Aquadome issues a call for help, indicating that the undersea structure is being attacked by a sea monster. With helpful assistant Tip, the player must navigate to the Aquadome in the new untested two-person submarine Scimitar and investigate the problem. But that isn't all... it looks like there may be a saboteur within the Aquadome as well.
With nearly every game, Infocom included extra objects and items called feelies. The Seastalker package held the following feelies:
- A logbook for the Scimitar, including a letter from "The President" congratulating the player on acceptance into the Discovery Squad
- Four double-sided "top secret Infocards", containing hints printed in blue ink beneath a pattern of red ink
- A decoder featuring a small square of red plastic to reveal the hints on the Infocards
- A nautical chart of Frobton Bay for navigation
- A "Discovery Squad badge", a sticker depicting an orca and the motto "Dive deep, dive far"
Jim Lawrence, credited as a co-designer for the game, is an author who wrote more than 60 books aimed at children and young adults. Many of his titles were ghostwritten for established series such as Tom Swift, Jr., Nancy Drew, The Bobbsey Twins and The Hardy Boys.
The game has 30 locations.
Computer Gaming World noted Seastalker's easiness, recommending it only as a beginner's text adventure, particularly for young kids. Exemplifying this are the numerous tips dropped by both in-game characters and the game itself, directing the player to the included Infocards. The review complained of minor inconsistencies like items that could not be interacted with until an in-game character told the player of its existence.
Dive deep into danger aboard an untested submarine.