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Frotz


Frotz
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Description

[*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 1.6

NOTE: [Aug 14, 2014] Frotz 1.7 is currently under review; it supports 1st gen devices again, as well as new features, bug fixes, and iOS 7 support.
Frotz is currently $0.99 US. If you buy now, you are supporting development of Frotz and mobile interactive fiction - thank you! (If you'd rather not pay, Frotz will be free again in about a week. I develop Frotz as a hobby, and it is usually free in order to make interactive fiction available to as wide an audience as possible and support the IF community. Once a year, I charge a buck for a week or so to cover development costs.)

Features in 1.6:
- 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.

Screenshots

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