[*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

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

lwio ,

Excellent app

This app brings all those, we used to call them text adventures, within reach to a new and old audience. There are thousands of great adventures and puzzles to be solved, new ones being written all the time. The app performs well with one bug that’s been reported on github, saves don’t work on some old tads games, the very games I want to replay! Still it’s an excellent app and well worth the download. Check it out and head over to ifdb for lots of games.

Cyberneticist ,

It works with iOS 11

Interactive fiction is rewarding and this program is perfect. Don't know which verb to use? Click the booklet! Got a whole load of infocom stories? Load them on Dropbox and "open in..." The dat file directly into frotz! Perfect in every way!

Sgucukoglu ,

Needs Updates for Modern iOS Features

It took me a while to finally accept the inevitability of having this app on my phone, even though I find the way game data and saves are managed really annoying. Please implement modern iOS features, like iCloud Drive and Maybe Siri support, so as to make using this app possible in the post-PC era, without the need of an external third-party FTP client on my Mac. It is OK to charge for this. Thanks.

App Privacy

The developer, Craig Smith, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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