When I was young I spent a lot of time playing text based adventure games by Level 9. It’s good to know that in these days of high speed console game domination there are some people still working on this lovely genre.
Via a BoingBoing article I went to an online version of Violet which is one of the most interesting / sweetest games I’ve played in ages. It’s actually quite short, if you know what you’re doing, but is pretty tough in a couple of thing things you need to work out.
That said the way "Violet" talks to you while you’re playing the game is not something I think I’ve ever seen done before and it works really well.
Worth a look.