Frotz 9+

Interactive Fiction Adventures

Craig Smith

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 16 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 hundreds of free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone 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 1.8.8

- Fixed arrow key support for Bluetooth keyboards
New in 1.8.7:
- Better support for Unicode/non-Latin alphabet stories.
- Updated to git glulx interpreter version 1.3.7 (conforming to Glulx VM standard 3.1.3.)
- New IFDB search options, updated search URLs and built-in bookmarks.
- Dropbox API update, sync improvements.
- Option to swap text/background colors in color picker.
- Improved handling of ZIP file downloads from IFDB: you can now select which stories to install.
- Enable 'iTunes File sharing: supported story files and saved games dragged into Frotz will be automatically installed.
- Restored keyboard long-press hide/lock functionality.
- Other bug fixes/minor UI tweaks.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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 👍

Cassappho ,

Exactly what I was hoping for

I have 0 complaints regarding this, it’s really convenient. Suggesting words used in the text is extremely helpful, it’s cool

App Privacy

The developer, Craig Smith, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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