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Marooned in an alien, airless wasteland — your starship fractured — your crewmates missing. Can an apprentice alchemist learn how to survive?

Hadean Lands is interactive fiction — a classic text adventure. No graphics! No menus! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens next.

This is a full-length puzzle adventure. It’s the most complex puzzle structure I’ve ever designed. It’s the culmination of four years of work. I launched Hadean Lands as a Kickstarter project in 2010; it was a runaway success. Now it’s ready for you to play.

Repairing an alchemical starship single-handed? Not easy; perhaps impossible. You’ll have to discover the rituals you need, and then search for ingredients, and then improvise and substitute. You’ll have to calcine, distill, dissolve, and precipitate. And somehow, somewhere, you’ll have to figure out what happened and why.

Hadean Lands is available now for MacOS, Windows, Linux, and iOS.


Buy for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)

Download on the App Store

Purchase Hadean Lands for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Download on the App Store

Bundle deal! Hadean Lands together with Shade and Heliopause.

Buy for MacOS, Windows, Linux

You can purchase the game for Mac/Win/Linux using either your Humble Store account or Itch.IO. (Coming soon to Steam! But not there yet.)

Download on the Humble Store

Buy Hadean Lands on the Humble Store! 10% of purchase price goes to charity.

Or use one of these pay-what-you-want widgets:

Purchase download on Humble

Purchase download on Itch.IO

(Humble Store code redemption here.)

All of the widgets above offer you a choice of downloads. The Windows download has a standard Windows installer. The Mac download includes the game and Gargoyle, which is an IF game interpreter. Install Gargoyle, run it, and select HadeanLands.gblorb.

The "generic" download contains the HadeanLands.gblorb file, but no interpreter. You can play this on just about any machine. You will need to download a free IF game interpreter such as Gargoyle.) (Yes, I know the Humble widget says "Windows and Mac" -- don't worry, you can get the generic version there too.)

There is no fully-supported Glulx interpreter for Android. However, I am told that the game runs in the unreleased version of Twisty. Download this version of the Twisty interpreter.


Winner of the XYZZY Interactive Fiction Awards for Best Puzzles, Best Setting, Best Implementation, and Best Use of Innovation for 2014.

“The overall arc, for me, was that I spent the first bit of the game really excited about the possibility space, and then the next several hours feeling like my head was going to explode... This game ranks off the charts on the ingenuity measure.” — Emily Short

“Feeling pretty smug after finally beating Hadean Lands last night WITH NO HINTS. Great, great game.” — Ken Jennings (...also, spoiler: “V erivirq Onebf svefg.”)

“I love IF. I love the freedom. I love that I can try licking a mysterious crystal thing and get a response.” — BJK White

“The best video game I played last year is a science-fiction thriller about alchemy, and it has no graphics or sound effects.” — David Auerbach, Slate

“Hadean Lands is an endlessly clever experience.” — Sean Clancy, Pocket Tactics

“Dziś niektórzy są zdania, że Hadean Lands to pierwsza od wielu lat gra, która nie tylko wciąga gracza bez reszty, ale też otwiera przed gatunkiem nowe, zaskakujące możliwości.” — Anna Rymsza, dobreprogamy

“The bottom line is that Hadean Lands makes great strides towards perfecting the classic adventure game — not just the text adventure.” — Steven Watson, AdventureGamers.com

More reviews: Byron Alexander Campbell at Entropy; Gregory Avery-Weir at Ludus Novus; Chaunton at MindHut

Press clips about the release: Pocket Tactics, Adventure Gamers, Pocket Gamer, Indie Games, Venus Patrol, RegretZero

Interview: Andrew Plotkin on Hadean Lands — Indie Games, interview via Konstantinos Dimopoulos

I speak about the design of Hadean Lands — audio presentation at WordPlay in Toronto


Map of the Unanswerable Retort

This map is included with Hadean Lands. You can also view a version which includes the names of the rooms you will explore.


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These screenshots are from the iPhone version of the game.


Hadean Lands is a Zarfhome Production.

(Press kit and company info here.)

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