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  • #: 32636
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2016-09-08
  • Current Version: 1.8
  • 1.8
  • Size: 56.40 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Craig Smith
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2008-2010 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 1.8

- Now plays TADS games (v2/v3)
- Improved support for iOS 9 and 10
- Performance improvements / 64-bit support
- Various bug fixes

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Great App: Great Value

Before using Frotz I was not a fan of text adventures. But now that I can take these games anywhere, I am a convert! The app itself is very good. A slick and simple interface allows you to quickly and easily navigate and select your games. The ability to change font, font size, and color means that you will always be able to find a viewing style that suits you. Its also very easy on the battery. The games that Frotz comes with were mostly very good and the story browser allows you too get many, many more. They downloaded very quickly on my iPod touch 4g. Because of the ability to download games from the story browser and add games from your computer, you can potentially have endless hours of gameplay. All of this on a completely free app(there isn't even a single ad!) makes Frotz one of the greatest deals that you will ever come across. The only way it could be improved upon is if it had support for early graphical games as well. A must download for sure.

5/5 stars

Great App

Zork on my iPod touch. 'nuff said.

4/5 stars

Great interpreter, hard to add games

The interpreter is really great. If you like IF, even a little, this app is well worth the price of free. I've had few bugs or crashes, and it runs well even on my aging iPod Touch 1G. The bundled games are great, but it's hard to add your own. Dropbox sync is a great feature, though, since now you can share your games with your desktop (a must for me) and it has become easier (but still not a snap) to add new stuff.

Verdict: download it, play with it, learn to love IF.


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