*Winner of the XYZZY Interactive Fiction Awards for Best Puzzles, Best Setting, Best Implementation, and Best Use of Innovation for 2014.*

*Hadean Lands* is interactive fiction — a classic text adventure. No graphics! No menus! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens next.

This is the most complex puzzle structure I’ve ever designed. It’s the culmination of four years of work. I launched *Hadean Lands* as a Kickstarter project in 2010; it was a runaway success. Now it’s ready for you to play.

- Fluid interface designed for comfortable typing and reading.
- Full-length puzzle adventure with interlocking alchemical challenges.
- Pop-up palette of commonly used commands.
- Built-in game map — tap to go directly to any explored room.
- Journal tab records all the recipes and rituals that you’ve discovered.
- Full support for VoiceOver (speech output) and dictation (speech input) on devices that offer these features.

“The overall arc, for me, was that I spent the first bit of the game really excited about the possibility space, and then the next several hours feeling like my head was going to explode... This game ranks off the charts on the ingenuity measure.” — Emily Short

“The bottom line is that Hadean Lands makes great strides towards perfecting the classic adventure game — not just the text adventure.” — Steven Watson,

What's New

Version 1.2.2

Updated for iOS 11.
Support for all device sizes, including iPhone X.

Ratings and Reviews

Not well adapted to iPhone


TL;DR: Does not cross over well from PC, would not recommend

I love interactive fiction, and the story is enjoyable -- but this game is an exercise in tedium on the iPhone.

To play you need to type in long spell incantations that autocorrect can't help you with, as they are often made up words. Therefore, autocorrect must be disabled (or fought with) making general play a pain due to typos.

The spellings for the components of incantations and spells are split amongst multiple references you carry with you, but which are hard to access due to poor interface design, making the construction of phrases extremely annoying.

Sorry, would not recommend even with a Bluetooth keyboard. Does not cross over well from the PC.


Andrew Plotkin
19.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2014-8 Zarfhome Software Consulting, LLC


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