Recommended interpreters

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This page shows stable interpreters, for all formats, which can be downloaded to play games or which will run games within a browser. They are listed in date order (latest release first).

Click to download the interpreter, or to play online, as appropriate.

Interpreter Link Format System Updated Multimedia support
Parchment Download Play ADRIFT 4, Glulx, Hugo, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Browser 2024-02-12 Colours, graphics (No TADS multimedia support)
Windows Frotz Download Z-code Windows 2023-12-02 Color, Graphics, Sound
Ozmoo Download Z-code BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Commodore 64/128, Other 2023-11-17 color effects (all platforms), loader image (C64 and Plus/4), sound effects (MEGA65)
Windows Git Download Glulx Windows 2023-10-12 Color, graphics, sound
Windows Glulxe Download Glulx Windows 2023-10-10 Color effects, graphics, sound
Frotz for iOS Download Glulx, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code iOS 2023-09-24 Color, Graphics (No TADS multimedia support)
Lectrote Download ADRIFT 4, Glulx, Hugo, Ink, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Windows, macOS, Linux 2023-09-19 Color, Graphics (No TADS multimedia support)
ThinBASIC Adventure Builder Download Other Windows 2023-09-03 Graphics: jpg, png, bmp, gif

Sound: wav, ogg, mp3, aiff, mod

FMVideo: wmv
M4ZVM Download Z-code Tandy TRS-80 2023-07-16 No multimedia
ElseIFPlayer Play ADRIFT 4, Glulx, Hugo, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Browser 2023-06-29 No multimedia
FrankenDrift Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5 Windows, macOS, Linux 2023-06-20 Graphics, color
Parchmap Play Glulx, Hugo, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Browser 2023-06-17
QTads Download TADS 2, TADS 3 Windows, macOS, Linux 2023-05-17 All multimedia features of TADS are supported.
DMagnetic Download Play Magnetic Scrolls Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, CP/M, Other 2023-05-17 Colour text effects: yes. Graphics: ANSI, ASCII, sixel, UTF-8. Sound: No.
Spatterlight Download ADRIFT 4, AdvSys, AGT, Alan 2, Alan 3, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code macOS 2023-05-16 Colors, graphics, sound
Gargoyle Download ADRIFT 4, AdvSys, AGT, Alan 2, Alan 3, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Windows, macOS, Linux 2023-02-20 Different for each game format
ScummVM Download ADRIFT 4, AdvSys, AGT, Alan 2, Alan 3, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, Quest, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code, Other Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Other 2022-10-31
M3ZVM Download Z-code Tandy TRS-80 2022-08-01 No multimedia
Hugor Download Hugo Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-05-09
Gelek Vanilla Download ADRIFT 4, AdvSys, AGT, Glulx, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Linux 2022-02-21
WinArun Download Alan 2, Alan 3 Windows 2021-09-21
Insteadlauncher Download Other Android 2021-09-04
Hunky Punk Download TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Android 2021-04-05
ADRIFT Runner Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5 Windows 2020-09-12
ADRIFT WebRunner Play ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5 Browser 2020-09-12
Fabularium (F-Droid) Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5, AdvSys, AGT, Alan 2, Alan 3, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Android 2019-10-03 Colors, graphics
Quest for Windows Download Quest Windows 2018-07-20
Magnetic Scripts Play Magnetic Scrolls Browser 2015-12-18
Level9 Download Level 9 Windows, macOS, Linux, MS-DOS, Commodore Amiga, Sinclair QL, Other 2011-06-23 Both line-drawn and bitmap graphics
PAW Download Other MS-DOS, CP/M, BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Sinclair ZX Spectrum Multimedia support varies by platform; by default it includes sound (Spectrum), line-and-fill images (Spectrum), bitmap graphics (CPC), custom fonts, coloured text (Spectrum), and UDGs (Spectrum); but also executing external code routines allow other options.
Quest for Web Play Quest Browser
Magnetic Download Magnetic Scrolls Other Graphics (unsure about colour effects or sound)
Magnetic for Amiga Download Magnetic Scrolls Commodore Amiga
Magnetic for Ubuntu Download Magnetic Scrolls Linux
Magnetic for DOS Download Magnetic Scrolls MS-DOS
MagnetiX Download Magnetic Scrolls macOS
Magnetic for Windows Download Magnetic Scrolls Windows


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