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
ThinBASIC Adventure Builder Download Other Windows 2022-05-24 Graphics: jpg, png, bmp, gif

Sound: wav, ogg, mp3, aiff, mod

FMVideo: wmv
Hugor Download Hugo Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-05-09
Parchment Play Glulx, Hugo, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Browser 2022-04-29 Colours, graphics
DMagnetic Download Play Magnetic Scrolls Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, CP/M, Other 2022-04-26 Colour text effects: yes. Graphics: ANSI, ASCII, sixel, UTF-8. Sound: No.
FrankenDrift Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5 Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-04-18 Graphics, color
Gelek Vanilla Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5, AdvSys, AGT, Glulx, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Linux 2022-02-21
Gargoyle Download AdvSys, AGT, Alan 2, Alan 3, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-01-31 Different for each game format
Spatterlight Download ADRIFT 4, AdvSys, AGT, Alan 2, Alan 3, Glulx, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, ScottFree, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code macOS 2022-01-27 Colors, graphics, sound
Lectrote Download Glulx, Hugo, Ink, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-01-04 Graphics
ScummVM Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5, 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 2021-12-25
Ozmoo Download Z-code BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Commodore 64/128 2021-11-28 color effects
QTads Download TADS 2, TADS 3 Windows, macOS, Linux 2021-09-25 All multimedia features of TADS are supported.
WinArun Download Alan 2, Alan 3 Windows 2021-09-21
Windows Git Download Glulx Windows 2021-05-25 Color, graphics, sound
Windows Glulxe Download Glulx Windows 2021-05-06 Color effects, graphics, sound
Hunky Punk Download TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code Android 2021-04-05
Windows Frotz Download Z-code Windows 2021-02-13 Color, Graphics, Sound
ADRIFT Runner Download ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5 Windows 2020-09-12
ADRIFT WebRunner Play ADRIFT 4, ADRIFT 5 Browser 2020-09-12
Frotz for iOS Download Glulx, TADS 2, TADS 3, Z-code iOS 2020-09-07 Color, Graphics
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
HTML TADS (Interpreter) Download TADS 2, TADS 3 Windows 2016-03-07 Color, Graphics, Sound
Magnetic Scripts Play Magnetic Scrolls Browser 2015-12-18
Magnetic Download Magnetic Scrolls Other Graphics (unsure about colour effects or sound)
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 for Amiga Download Magnetic Scrolls Commodore Amiga
Magnetic for DOS Download Magnetic Scrolls MS-DOS
MagnetiX Download Magnetic Scrolls macOS
Magnetic for Windows Download Magnetic Scrolls Windows
Magnetic for Ubuntu Download Magnetic Scrolls Linux


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