Frotz8 is an interpreter for Interactive Fiction games, otherwise known as text adventure games. These include all the classic Infocom games from the 1980s, as well as hundreds of more recent games covering an enormous range of themes and styles. Journey into the past, the distant future, to lands of orcs and monsters, to crypts filled with danger and puzzles, or to dystopian alternate realities. This version of Frotz supports game files from z1 to z8, including blorb files. It allows you to import games from your local storage or from your SkyDrive account, and also integrates with the Interactive Fiction archive allowing games to be downloaded and installed with just a click of the mouse or a tap of the screen. With a huge volume of free games available, Frotz8 should keep you entertained for years to come. No computer should be without one!

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Version notes

Version number:

Initial release.


  • Quick and easy access to your games via a convenient Library screen
  • Sort games by name, by the number of times played, or by the date last played
  • Import games from your local disk or from your SkyDrive account
  • Integrates directly with the Interactive Fiction archive allowing games to be found and installed with ease
  • Pin your favorite games to the Start menu for quick access
  • Full support for keyboard and touch-screen devices
  • "Recommended game of the week" helps you to find new games to play that you may not have tried before
  • A choice of color schemes and font sizes

System Requirements

OS Windows 10, Windows 8.1
Architecture x86, x64
OS Windows 10, Windows 8.1
Architecture x86, x64

Additional info

Published by
Copyright © 2013, Adam Dawes

Approximate download size
262.69 KB

Action & adventure

This app can
Access your Internet connection

Get this app while signed in to your Microsoft account and install on up to ten Windows 10 devices.

Language supported
English (United States)

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Platform: PC

Works great, plus a Library feature

The library feature with a suggested Game Of The Week makes this package better than "just another interpreter."

One person found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Runs all the Z-Machine games I need

Thanks for writing such a great Z-Machine interpreter for the Windows Store and making it portable across ARM, x86, and x64!

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Terrific App for Interactive Fiction

Thank you for making this wonderful app available. And Free! Very clean design, super easy to use. And downloading games couldn't be easier. Highly Recommended! I will definitely be checking out the publisher's other apps.

4 out of 4 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Text Adventure Games! This is a great App!

Frotz8 is a great way to play those old text adventure games again. The author (Adam) went out of his way to quickly help me figure out how to change the background color and text size. I'm new to Windows 8.1, and didn't know the "Settings" button on the Charm bar also worked within the apps. I highly recommend this app. Easy to use, and has a sleek, professional interface. How come such a great app is still free? Thanks Adam!




Platform: PC

Excellent Interactive Fiction

Frotz8 runs text based games. You can't change font, colors, etc., but it's easier on the eyes than a Zmachine emulator. The added convenience of a very large library of download titles makes this app a keeper. If you're an Infocom fan, then you'll love Frotz8.




Platform: PC

Make It Good crashes the program on Surface RT.

I would rate it 5 stars, but starting Make It Good crashes the program on the Surface RT running RT 8.1. The game works fine in x86 8.1. If this is fixed I will change my rating.




Platform: PC

Excellent fun

My 8 year old and I have had a blast playing lost pig and other games. Thanks so much for providing this app!




Platform: PC

Well done

This is great! Not just a simple port! Looking forward to engaging my imagination to play these classic games!




Platform: PC

Infocom fans rejoice

This app will allow you to replay the classic Infocom games, assuming you are still in possession of, or can acquire the game files for them. The game runs fantastically so far and I am thrilled that this is now available on Windows 8. Kudos and many thanks to the developer!




Platform: PC

Won't play zork?

A zmachine interpreter that can't play zork without crashing???... Update.- looks like it's older z-machine files that won't play, the updated versions work fine



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