Vim is one of our favourite text editors, but there’s a steep learning curve because it only uses keyboard commands — no mouse. VIM Adventures will teach you Vim shortcuts in a very enjoyable way: Playing an old school Zelda-like puzzle game.
Here’s the story line:
You play a blinking cursor appearing one day in a semi text based world inhabited by little people but ruled by bugs. You soon discover that your arrival was foretold by an old prophecy and that you’re expected to restore order to the world.
When you start the game, you can only move up, down, left, or right using the keyboard to get through a maze, collect keys and treasure chests, and follow hints to proceed to the next level and master VIM.
Two levels are available now to play, with a third in development. It’s probably the most fun way to learn the basics of Vim and get started editing text files with lightning speed. (While waiting for the third level of the game, you can also supplement your Vim gaming/learning with an interactive tutorial.)