"Everything you can imagine
is real." - Picasso
Text Adventure Games on the iPod,
iPhone and iPad
Howard Sherman's Azteca on the iPad, courtesy
of Art Ude
The entire library of Malinche Interactive Fiction titles
(AKA text adventure games) can
be enjoyed on any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad right now.
There are just a few fast simple things you need to do:
Step 1 - Purchase and Download your
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad interactive fiction titles
You purchase our interactive fiction
titles from our online store - not from
the App Store. While our titles run on Windows, Mac, the
Nintendo DS, almost any Blackberry and a dozen other platforms you won't need anything except the
"story file" of any Malinche title you own. And that
you get directly from us.
Step 2 - Download the Free Frotz Interpreter
for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
You will need to download the Frotz interpreter for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad - it's a free download in the iTunes Store. Frotz is the "loader"
program that will play our story files on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Frotz
for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch comes bundled with some free
interactive fiction titles written by amateurs.
Most are tiny compared to Malinche Interactive Fiction titles and nearly all of
them are boring. No worries, though. That's why Malinche is here! Download Frotz for Your
iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch here. (We salute Craig
Smith for devoting so much energy to delivering such a polished
Step 3 - Transfer Your Malinche
interactive fiction titles to
your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
NOTE - Your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch MUST be connected on your own
wireless network first!)
a) Run Frotz on your iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone
then touch on the little "info" button (it's an italicized
a white circle next to the word Frotz)
b) This brings you to the settings menu.
Tap File Transfer. At the bottom tap the button highlighted in
green that says "Start File Transfer Server"
c) The green text will disappear and be
replaced with "Connect via web:
http://192.168.1.3:8000 (or an address very similar to that --
your iPod/iPad/iPhone ip address can vary wildly but it's usually a
number starting with 192.168) Make a note of that address.
d) Open a web browser on the computer that
has your Malinche story files on them. In the address bar type
in the address you noted in step c.
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Cool! You're surfing your iPhone (or iPod
Touch or iPad...) Then scroll down to the bottom of that screen
Click on browse to find the Malinche
interactive fiction eBook you want to upload to your iPad/iPod/iPhone
A standard file dialog box opens -
navigate to the folder where you store your Malinche story files,
select the story file you want to upload then click open.
Enter a story title for the interactive
fiction eBook you're uploading then click [submit]
Voila! I uploaded A Pinch in Saint
Petersburg to my iPhone 3GS 16 in less than three minutes from start
Step 4 - Exit out of
the settings screens, acknowledge the warning about the file
server being closed down.
Step 5 - Enjoy our Interactive Fiction Titles
on Your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch!
Step 6 (optional) -
Delete all the boring titles that comes with Frotz to make room for
Malinche interactive ficton titles
Art Ude comments on his experience with
interactive fiction on his iPad:
Your Malinche adventures, as do the other adventures, play
excellently on the iPad.
The Frotz application,
available free, through the iTunes app store is meant for the iPhone/iTouch
and the iPad. Being old (78) I find the larger iPad pefect for my
tired eyes. In fact it is the PERFECT device for text adventures,
better than a desktop or notebook computer. Sit comfortable in my
favorite chair, cross my leg, ease back and enter the fantasy world.
The Frotz application allows much customization. Font, font size,
color, background color, text color, word completion and file
transfer between the iPad and computer. It works in either vertical
or horizontal mode.
|iPhone, iPod Touch
and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Like always, Malinche
thinks Apple KICKS ASS!
Steve is a
steamroller! All Hail Woz!