App description: ***"Lost Treasures of Infocom is a wonderfully nostalgic, superbly presented, and impressively comprehensive package.
A real labour of love, then, and a beautiful reminder that a picture isn't always preferable to a thousand words." - Pocket Gamer***

***"The part that's blowing my mind is just how well these games have made the translation to iOS" - Touch Arcade***

Enter the world of master storytellers. Before there were state-of-the-art consoles, tablets and PCs capable of amazing graphics, gamers had to use their imagination and wit, to solve intricate puzzles and progress through these text-only adventure gaming classics.

The Lost Treasures of Infocom brings these classic works of interactive fiction to life for the first time on iPad, Phone & iPod Touch. This definitive collection of 27 adventure games spanning fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, horror & more, places you in the center of immersive, richly-detailed interactive worlds full of interesting locations, engaging puzzles & surprising twists & turns. Youre more than just a passive reader as you engage directly with the story by typing actions through your keyboard. Use your imagination to come up with creative solutions to puzzles with multiple solutions as you progress through each adventure and bring these stories to life!

FEATURES:
Download today & get the all-time adventure classic that started it all, Zork I: The Great Underground Empire, for FREE! Plunge beneath the surface of the earth in search of the long lost Treasures of Zork. Starting from a field west of the iconic White House, Zork beckons you into a world fraught with danger & discovery.
Collect & play the original Infocom text adventure library with 27 games in all, including The Zork Series, Planetfall®, The Enchanter Trilogy, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, & many more!
Interact with all of the original classic Infocom collectables, from the packaging & game manuals to the in-box "feelies", all faithfully reproduced for fans of the series
Access special interactive versions the original InvisiClues hint books, & full game maps for each title, accessible from within the games themselves
Learn about the rise & fall of Infocom, with an exclusive history article written exclusively for the app
Showcase your adventure game accomplishments to your friends with full GameCenter leaderboard support
Also includes the exclusive, never-before-published text adventure Zork: The Undiscovered Underground, written by original Infocom designers
Re-live these brilliant & imaginative adventure titles with over 350 hours of gameplay

Complete your collection and keep these classic games alive for generations to come. Players can purchase five bundle packs with 5 games each for $2.99 per pack; OR own the entire game collection PLUS all game maps AND the exclusive, never-published bonus adventure Zork: The Undiscovered Underground, for just $9.99.

Games Available:
A Mind Forever Voyaging
Ballyhoo
Border Zone
Cutthroats
Deadline
Enchanter
Hollywood Hijinx
Infidel
Leather Goddess of Phobos
The Lurking Horror
Moonmist
Planetfall
Plundered Hearts
Seastalker
Sorcerer
Spellbreaker
Starcross
Stationfall
Suspect
Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare
The Witness
Trinity
Wishbringer
Zork 1: The Great Underground Empire (FREE with free initial download)
Zork 2 : The Wizard of Frobozz
Zork 3 : The Dungeon Master
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground (bonus game for purchasing the Complete Collection)

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Echoseven's comments:


12-19-2012, 09:20 PM
#21
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Beaufort, SC
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Originally Posted by retroblique View Post
Not surprised that Hitchhiker's couldn't be included. Although I notice that Nord & Bert is also missing. Pity that Sherlock, Arthur, Shogun and Journey are missing too, but I assume the licensing for most of those must be prohibitive.
I think Shogun and Hitchhiker's are the only two that Activision doesn't own the rights to (or isn't PD in Sherlock's case), but the missing ones all are later Zcode versions, I believe.

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12-19-2012, 09:20 PM
#22
Not to mention Bureaucracy, Zork Zero and Beyond Zork are missing as well. Wish this collection was a little more complete.

Although it would be cool if you could import some of them in if you legitimately own the game already.

Last edited by brerlappin; 12-19-2012 at 10:45 PM.

12-20-2012, 03:57 AM
#23
I loved these as a kid (the Enchanter trilogy was my favorite), but I have Frotz installed and I don't like having to type so much on a touchscreen. I may still end up buying it, but not right now. Maybe after the Christmas sales.
12-20-2012, 04:17 AM
#24
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Vienna
Posts: 1,101
Awesome stuff. I'm missing Shogun though. Will check it out.

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12-20-2012, 04:26 AM
#25
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Originally Posted by retroblique View Post
Not surprised that Hitchhiker's couldn't be included. Although I notice that Nord & Bert is also missing. Pity that Sherlock, Arthur, Shogun and Journey are missing too, but I assume the licensing for most of those must be prohibitive.
Journey is one of my fondest gaming experiences of all time. It wasn't a pure text adventure though, and I recall even some of the puzzles were visually driven. Is there a game in this collection that is like Journey, or are they all pure text adventures?
12-20-2012, 04:49 AM
#26
Game Impressions

This is a pretty sweet deal for fans of these games. It's unfortunate that they don't have the rights to HHGTTG, though. But the game engine itself is working well (imho, better than frotz due to the integration of maps and clues), the base app is free, and the fan service features are great. I love that they included 3D models of the game boxes, or even things like the zorkmid coin, and didn't just stop at pictures of maps.

Some things initially confused me. The smallest font size setting is still pretty big - but then I found out that pinching lets you make it much smaller than that in game. Autocomplete works very well (start typing, then press space or return to complete) but it won't complete long words - because you don't need to; e.g. it might autocomplete "leafle" instead of "leaflet" because that's as many letters as the game cares about anyway.

Since text adventures are such a specific nostalgia niche, I'm not sure I'd recommend this to anyone, but it's free to try and the most complete experience you're going to get.
12-20-2012, 06:38 AM
#27
keyboard

I'll just stick to playing on PC... I'm finding the keyboard the problem here, it takes up half the ipad screen, it sure would have been nice if the game had its own small keyboard built in.
12-20-2012, 12:28 PM
#28
This was an instabuy for me. I was surprised that this has 3 pages of comments. I was not sure many people would enjoy these anymore.

I shudder to think how many times I have purchased these in 1 form or another over the years - beginning with floppy discs I think.. I got the Scott Adams adventures on cassette for my TRS 80!

After being frustrated with the interface in Frotz, I am looking forward to having a hopefully much improved interface, and I guess the app maps for us as well? I enjoyed that when younger, but don't feel the need for it so much anymore.

I'm off to be eaten by a grue....

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12-20-2012, 01:09 PM
#29
No! I still haven't finished Avadon; Autumn Dynasty remains unplayed; I haven't even bought BG (waiting for UI fix); and am 3/4 through FFIII and FIV was released today; then Lords of Midnight was released, and now I find out Infocom adventure games that I was unable to play during my youth (C64 cassette deck - couldn't afford a disk drive back in the day), aside from Zork and HHGTTG.

Zork series? Wishbringer series? AMFV? Planetfall and Starcross? All for the price of Ł6.99 as a one-off purchase? My inner youth is weeping with joy. IF does not get better than Infocom.

For anyone new to Infocom, be warned: each game has a rating from beginner to expert. The ones classified as 'expert' are very, very hard indeed!

Added to 'wish list'. As much as I miss my girlfriend (in China for another 4 weeks), she couldn't have picked a better time for me to have a lot of time on my hands. 2013 gaming is hereby suspended! I'm far too busy with 2011 / 2012 gaming!

Days of ZZAP64 and the White Wizard. Good lord! The 'Cold War' still existed and the Berlin Wall hadn't yet toppled when these were released! Like Lords of Midnight, this isn't just a nostalgia trip - if you like these type of games, then these stand the test as classics. IF adventure games started my interest in RPGs (including a brief but disasterous foray in LARPG - which saw me being chased across the hills and dales in Northen England (Uni days), by people waving long, pointy objects screaming, "KILL THE ONE IN THE PINK DRESS!". Actually, it was fuschia; and I was a proto-metrosexual, before David Beckham even thought about wearing a sarong).

Last edited by Riotgirl; 12-20-2012 at 01:14 PM.
12-20-2012, 08:14 PM
#30
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Beaufort, SC
Posts: 316
Quote:
Originally Posted by dannythefool View Post
Since text adventures are such a specific nostalgia niche, I'm not sure I'd recommend this to anyone, but it's free to try and the most complete experience you're going to get.
I'd probably recommend it to fans of Gamebook Adventures and "Choice of..." apps, as they both feed the need to read.

For my part, I love this collection. Code Mystics have outdone themselves.

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