Thanks to Anna comes a reminder of things past. Before Video Games I used to play word adventures on the computer. The first one I remember was the Collosal Cave on a DEC machine. When I moved to the PC it was also there, along with quite a few others.
For the young, this is before pictures on the computer, you were told a scenario, and typed in instructions. The game responded with words about what happened.
So Anna points us to Defective Yeti for a modern day version. Thanks Anna.