This is a great activity where students play a printed out text adventure game on paper where they have to survive a zombie apocalypse. The game serves as an example, then you can print of the blank text adventure template provided to create their own text adventure game.
This was my first attempt a game that's fun while not compromising the curriculum. The second one I made is also here for free but keep in mind it's a lot more complex than this one.
Noir Mystery ELA Review Game