By Craig Smith
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[*Warning* Playing Frotz involves reading, thinking, and typing. If you just want to blow stuff up, this is not the app for you!]
Burned out on all the new-fangled graphics and dazzling eye candy on your shiny new iPhone or iPad? Nostalgic for a simpler time? Then take advantage of those crisp high-resolution fonts to relive the glory days of the Great Underground Empire, or play any of hundreds of great works from the Interactive Fiction archive.
Frotz lets you play free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Frotz plays titles written in the Z-Machine format. This format was invented by Infocom and was used to produce classic text adventures from the 80s such as the Zork Trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Trinity.
In the past decade, text adventures have experienced a renaissance due to the efforts of a diverse Internet community of talented interactive fiction writers and fans. Many of these games are written using the same engine that powered Infocom's titles, thanks to the Inform compiler and authoring system created by Graham Nelson.
NOTE! If you have suggestions for improving Frotz or encounter bugs, please go to the support link and report them. I have no way to respond if you only report bugs in reviews!
Frotz for iOS - Interactive Fiction at Your Fingertips
What's New in Version 1.6
PLEASE DO NOT UPDATE IF ON A 1st GEN DEVICE WITH IOS 3.x! FROTZ 1.6 WILL NOT WORK CORRECTLY ON IOS 3.
- Support for iPhone 5, iOS 6, and Retina Displays.
- Hyperlinks: now supports hyperlinks in glulx games.
- Dropbox: updated to latest Dropbox API.
- Lots of other minor bug fixes.
Best app ever! <3
This app is perfect. Absolutely brilliant. It ties in perfectly with the interactive fiction data base and works like a charm. (Now whenever I write an email, I'll click the button at the top on accident thinking it drops the keyboard but instead it just sends the message. xD) I have used this app a billion times, and it is the PERFECT travel companion! I definitely recommend this app to all text adventure fans. I think it's also really cool that because infocom is a tight knit community, you keep bumping into people. (Take for example, Emily Short) Most people in the community use ifdb and a lot of people use frotz. There are a few things however: I recently started having issues with going onto the site in frotz. When I click download, it goes to my list with ought saying anything. Then when I go back to the site and click again, it does the usual "____ has been added to the list". Also, when I click a link, sometimes it will glitch out and send me below the bottom of the page. And I can't delete the game Inform School, it froze and now I can't reset it or anything. (I can delete other games though.) Please help me with my issue. All issues aside, however, The game is phenomenal. Now you have a choice.
You're inside your room, a nice, quiet, cozy area of sorts, laying on your bed. A glowing apple device lays in your hands. As you read the reviews of assorted frotz users, you begin to wonder, 'Should I get Frotz?' What do you do?
I got this app yesterday with "Hitchhiker's Guide" in mind, but I've taken breaks from that infuriatingly awesome game to try some of the games the app provides. I loved the short and sweet "9:05" and I'm currently working my way through "Photopia" and loving it.
Interactive Fiction reminds me of a cross between reading a novel and playing Dungeons & Dragons. It's a lot of fun. The app seems to work great so far on my iPhone 5. I really appreciate the font, color, and size customization options.
The only thing is that when I save within a game and then later restore to a saved game, it doesn't show my history before my save point. I'm not familiar enough with IF to know if that's normal, but it gets confusing if I don't remember where I left off.
The way the in-app online database is organized is a little confusing, but maybe that's just me.
Overall I'd say that IF really works well with the portability of smartphones, thanks to this app. Hopefully the increased accessibility will make IF more popular.
I never really liked text games because of the limitations of the parser and vocabulary. Then you waste your time trying to find the right wording and not trying to solve the actual puzzle.
The app has a further annoyance with interactive stories. Sometimes it will totally clear the screen cache so you can't scroll back up and read blocks of text that you missed!
Case in point, The Act of Misdirection. Several pages of text flashed by and disappeared. I wasn't given a chance to scroll up to read them! This reduces the enjoyment of the story. In fact, I'm sure I missed the main points near the the end of the story. And it will take so much effort to get to the missing parts that I won't play it again. Very irritating.
iPod 5G, 64GB, iOS 6
- Category: Games
- Updated: Oct 23, 2012
- Version: 1.6
- Size: 117 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Craig Smith
- © 2008-2012 Craig Smith
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.