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Johann Dowa

iOS Interactive Fiction Game Framework That Can Work With Z-Machine Files (Not Frotz)

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Some time ago I mentioned an open source text adventure game framework, and an engine called Frotz for working with Z-code format story files.  Unfortunately due to the GPL licensing of Frotz the project is now  useless for app development.

Today I came across another open source project that can work with  Z-machine interactive fiction.  This project known as iOS Glulxe includes both an interpreter and the framework for an interactive fiction game.  Your Z-machine fict

Unlike Frotz this framework is designed to have one story per app, and has an attribution license rather than a GPL

You can find the project on Github here – be sure to install all submodules.

You can find a guide on how to turn your interactive fiction game into an app with iOS Glulxe in the wiki here.  Your Z-machine files will need to be compiled to the proper format.

The developer of iOS Glulxe also has a project featuring an iOS implementation of the Z-machine interpreter Fizmo that can be found on Github here..

Great projects for anyone looking to create an app from interactive fiction.


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