This isn’t the first z-machine interpreter for Apple’s mobile operating system, but Activision’s just-released “Lost Treasures of Infocom” for iOS is the first official way to play many of Infocom’s classic text adventures on your iPhone or iPad.  The app is available for free from the App Store and comes with Zork I: The Great Underground Empire included at no extra charge.  To play the other 26 titles Activision is including, you’ll have to fork over $2.99 for each additional five-game theme collection (or get them all for $9.99), as in-app purchases, so “free” in this case is perhaps somewhat dubious.

 

 

“LTOI” also comes with InvisiClues and maps (each a $0.99 in-app purchase), game manuals, photos of the original game packaging and in-box “feelies” for each title; and promises, “new interface enhancements” which presumably make playing text adventures easier in a touchscreen environment.

If you’re considering checking it out, keep in mind this isn’t the complete back-catalog of Infocom titles.  Missing are Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Bureaucracy, Shogun, Nord and Bert, Beyond Zork, Zork Zero, Sherlock: Riddle of the Crown Jewels, Arthur, and Journey.