De 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
Novidades da versão 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.
Críticas do cliente
The best mobile IF player
I have been looking very, very hard for a way to play IF on the go, because I've found that's how I enjoy them best. As I keep moving, my mind is much fresher than it is when I sit down at my desktop, constrained to time limits as I have only so much time before I have to go to sleep or to work.
I've pondered, I've weighed, and I finally decided to buy an iPod Touch so I could use this version of Frotz, which came highly recommended.
It was the best thing I could have done.
This app is extraordinary - not only ZMachine games, but also Glulx games. Its version history shows this product is actively being updated, and I've found Mr. Craig Smith to be very open to suggestions and bug reports. It supports images, though at the time of writing not sounds, and hyperlinks seem to be rather buggy, but I have full trust that Mr. Smith will iron those out in time.
Used in conjuntion with a File Managing app, I was able to put my entire IF collection in my iPod touch. Frotz's features, like double-tapping a word to add it to the prompt, autocomplete, and a very very nice note-taking system, make playing IF amazingly accessible in those long journeys, or those annoying queues. More than once I've had a breakthrough as I was waiting for the tube!
If you have an iPod, iPhone or iPad and are interested in IF, even if only minimally, you have no excuse, you OWE it to yourself to download this free app which which you can play some of the best and most important works of IF since the days of Infocom.
The sad limitation, of course, is that it doesn't play TADS, or Hugo, or Magnetic Scrolls games - but this is supposed to be a ZMachine interpreter, after all. Still, if it were to support TADS at one point (as Mr. Smith has hinted he would like to), I would have no words left with which to praise it. Which, considering the size of this review already, might not be a bad thing.
- Categoria: Jogos
- Actualizado: 23/10/2012
- Versão: 1.6
- Tamanho: 117 MB
- Idioma: Inglês
- Programador: Craig Smith
- © 2008-2012 Craig Smith
Compatibilidade: Requer o iOS 3.0 ou posterior. Compatível com iPhone, iPad e iPod touch. Esta app está optimizada para iPhone 5.