[*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 (which 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), as well as glulx and TADS formats.
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
- Prevent games from being confused by iOS 11 “smart punctuation”.
- Fix bug with text sub-window sizing in glulx games.
- Add launch shortcut to Story List (without resuming current story).
- Other minor bug fixes.
[New in 1.8.1]: Support for new Dropbox API for syncing saved games
[New in 1.8]: TADS support, multitasking, 64-bit.
Ratings and Reviews
Great app for IF. Lost Pig anyone?!?
New generation may find it tricky, if they get that far, but rewarding when they do. Intriguing, fun, sometimes difficult and very imaginative. It beats the big red button, close eyes for a bit and you win approach to games nowadays. IF; says it all, really.
Ran by the most powerful graphics engine of all time , the imagination
It's free? Really? I'd pay for this. Great fun.
- Craig Smith
- 60.6 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
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2008-2017 Craig Smith
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.