The best place to download programs, games and utilities related
to text-adventures, is the IF-Archive of the German GMD FTP server.
This archive is divided into multiple directories (explanation given when needed):
|if-archive/emulators/||Programs simulating older operating systems, so you can play some really old games.|
|if-archive/infocom/||Archive for Infocom (a type of text-adventure) tools, games and utilities.|
|if-archive/level9/||Hints, interpreters and manuals for the Level 9 system.|
|if-archive/magnetic-scrolls/||Archive regarding magnetic-scrolls games, which were one of the first graphical text-adventures.|
|if-archive/mapping-tools/||Utilities for creating maps of dungeons and so forth.|
|if-archive/programming/||Programming utilities and documents|
|if-archive/rec.arts.int-fiction/||Archive for the IF newsgroup regarding the programming of text-adventures.|
|if-archive/rec.games.int-fiction/||Archive regarding the IF newsgroup regarding the playing of text-adventures.|
|if-archive/scott-adams/||Archive for Scott-Adams-system related utilities, programs and manuals.|
|if-archive/starters/||Starter kits and other utilities for beginning adventurers.|
Of course, these aren't the only directory's, as there are directories within directories within directories, etc. The complete directory tree can be viewed in HTML format on Stephen van Egmond's IF-Archive listing. Or you can go directly to the FTP directory structure at ftp://ftp.gmd.de/if-archive.
If you want to download graphical adventure game demos, you can usually find them on the company website. Take a look at our listing of adventure game companies.