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 1.7.1
- Improved support for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8.
- Fixed bug printing accented characters in status window.
- Allow using pinch gesture to change story font size.
- Several minor bug fixes in glk game support.
Great app but drives me nuts
I have been using Frotz for a long time. I can't complain since it is the only good text adventure app out there. The only reason I'm writing this is because I was sure somebody would have brought this up by now, after several years and updates, and it would be addressed in an update, but it seems like I'm going to be that person. The app is beautifully made but the auto scroll feature (where it scrolls really fast back to the bottom) drives me up the effing wall! Who wants that?! I have to scroll back to a point several times because it keeps kicking me down to the bottom. I would think at least there would be a way to turn this off. I just can't believe I'm the only one who doesn't like this. I find myself typing 'look' more than I should just because I don't want to deal with it. I mean, this feature is unique to Frotz, I don't think you'll find it anywhere else. I want to say that it's because it's not good but it could just be me.
I would love it if this was addressed in a future update. Thank you for such a wonderful app.
In theory, Frotz is just about perfect, though strangely you can't delete games that aren't bundled in. However, it is crippled by the constant crashes. These happen all the the time, in both the menus and in game. This is probably since the app hasn't been updated in almost two years. This issue really needs to be fixed; it is very annoying when it force quits to the home screen during the middle of a game. (Note: I couldn't find the bug report page that the developer mentioned in a reply to an earlier review)
[Note from developer]
Comment to cpricrnone:
Please file a bug report on the Frotz bug report page, not here. I have questions for you and this review system doesn’t provide for that. ( You may not even see this.)
Are you talking about the autoscrolling after you type a command when next game text appears, or the autoscrolling when you type into the command line but the command line is not on-screen?