Frotz 9+

Interactive Fiction Adventures

Craig Smith

Designed for iPad

    • 4.4 • 10 Ratings
    • Free



[*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 couple of decades, text adventures have experienced a renaissance of sorts 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.

Frotz for iOS - Interactive Fiction at Your Fingertips

What’s New

Version 1.8.6

- Fix crash on iPad when trying to restart story from Story Details view.
- Fix hang which can occur when scrolling in Frotz Settings.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

tvsinesperanto ,

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I used to have an old Palm Treo and it had an app that allowed me to run all of those old infocom text adventures. I loved it dearly and used it often until, of course, in pursuit of the latest tech, I bought an iPhone.

While the iPhone is superior to my old Palm in just about every way, I did feel a painful pang of regret knowing that, after switching to the iPhone, I would no longer be able to spend hour after joyful hour completely wasting my time playing Zork or Hitchhikers or, that old favourite, Leather Goddesses of Phobos.

Except now, with the help of this app, I can have the best of both worlds and, what's's free!

There is only one little nitpicking complaint that stopped me from giving this app a full 5* rating and that is the lack of a pop up menu to allow you to quickly enter commonly used words like north, south, east, west, look, examine, get, drop, open, close, inventory, etc.

If a user configurable list could be added in future releases, this would become the must-have app for all fans of interactive fiction.

chrisn_ ,

So good...

... and even better with a bluetooth keyboard!

Thanks Craig for such a wonderful version of Frotz. An almost unlimited library of games and experiences to choose from is out there, plus of course the old classics.

Brilliant stuff.

Coolpopsnapkay655789 ,


So happy that IF is still living strong!
Aside from a few minor issues with text colours this app performs excellently!

Also is regularly updated for new iOS versions: 10/10 app 👍

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