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.
Excellent interactive fiction interpreter
Frotz lets you play interactive fiction / text adventure games that are in either Z-Machine or Glulx format. That means pretty much any of the modern classics from the 90s onwards, most of which are preloaded in the app, plus any of the brand new ones being written today in the flashier Glulx format. Fritz has a very good game cataloging interface and an equally good play interface. It even runs graphics in Glulx games. You can download a lot of games directly online, or you can download them to your desktop computer first then transfer them to your iDevice with iFunbox or something. Frotz has no sound yet (rarely used, but some games do use it). That’s about the only thing missing from this great text game playing app.
Awesome collection of text based adventures
I really enjoy frotz. This collection of games heartens back to the text based adventures of the 80s and is brilliant for anyone who likes a bit of game with their story (or vice versa).