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Many IF games can be played in a web browser, but if you download the game file, you'll need a launcher app (also called an "interpreter").
 
Many IF games can be played in a web browser, but if you download the game file, you'll need a launcher app (also called an "interpreter").
  
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Below are download links for the most popular apps.
  
== Fastest option: Use the '''Gargoyle''' app, which will launch most text games. ==
 
  
[https://github.com/garglk/garglk/releases/download/2019.1/gargoyle-2019.1-windows.exe Gargoyle for Windows]
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== Simplest option ==
[https://github.com/garglk/garglk/releases/download/2019.1/gargoyle-2019.1-mac-nota.dmg Gargoyle for MacOS]
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Use the '''Gargoyle''' app, which will launch most text games.
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[https://github.com/garglk/garglk/releases/download/2019.1/gargoyle-2019.1-windows.exe Gargoyle for Windows]<br>
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[https://github.com/garglk/garglk/releases/download/2019.1/gargoyle-2019.1-mac-nota.dmg Gargoyle for Mac OS]<br>
 
Gargoyle for Linux (?)
 
Gargoyle for Linux (?)
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== Other options ==
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Other options depend on the game format, which you can usually tell from the file extension.
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'''Z-code'''<br>
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(Extensions: .z3-.z8, .zblorb, .zlb, and sometimes .dat)
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Windows: [https://ifarchive.org/if-archive/infocom/interpreters/frotz/WindowsFrotzInstaller.exe WinFrotz]<br>
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Mac OS: (?)<br>
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Linux: (?)<br>
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iOS: (?)<br>
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Android: (?)
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'''Glulx'''<br>
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(Extensions: .ulx, .blb, .gblorb, .glb)
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Windows: [http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/programming/glulx/interpreters/glulxe/WinGlulxeInstaller.exe Glulxe]; [http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/programming/glulx/interpreters/git/wingit-135.zip Git]<br>
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Mac OS: (?)<br>
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Linux: (?)<br>
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iOS: (?)<br>
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Android: (?)
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'''TADS'''<br>
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(Extensions: .gam, .t3)
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Windows: [https://www.tads.org/t3dl/pksetup.exe TADS Player Kit]<br>
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Mac OS: [https://github.com/realnc/qtads/releases/download/2.1.7/QTads-2.1.7.dmg QTads]<br>
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Linux: (?)<br>
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iOS: (?)<br>
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Android: (?)

Revision as of 17:05, 8 November 2019

Many IF games can be played in a web browser, but if you download the game file, you'll need a launcher app (also called an "interpreter").

Below are download links for the most popular apps.


Simplest option

Use the Gargoyle app, which will launch most text games.


Gargoyle for Windows
Gargoyle for Mac OS
Gargoyle for Linux (?)


Other options

Other options depend on the game format, which you can usually tell from the file extension.


Z-code
(Extensions: .z3-.z8, .zblorb, .zlb, and sometimes .dat)

Windows: WinFrotz
Mac OS: (?)
Linux: (?)
iOS: (?)
Android: (?)


Glulx
(Extensions: .ulx, .blb, .gblorb, .glb)

Windows: Glulxe; Git
Mac OS: (?)
Linux: (?)
iOS: (?)
Android: (?)


TADS
(Extensions: .gam, .t3)

Windows: TADS Player Kit
Mac OS: QTads
Linux: (?)
iOS: (?)
Android: (?)