A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Though there's some problem-solving involved in some of the games, much is left to chance.
Ease of Play
The app itself is fairly easy to navigate with a bit of exploring. The games and puzzles can be extremely difficult.
Violence & Scariness
If you can imagine a violent, text-based storyline, it likely appears, from battling dwarfs to playing first-person as a serial killer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the stories have graphic descriptions of sex acts as well as sex-related violence/nonconsensual sex.
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Expect some games to have cursing (including commands that the user needs to issue), hate speech, demeaning dialogue, etc.
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Products & Purchases
While there are no ads or in-app purchases, some games might have mentions of products or plots/goals that revolve around buying things.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Expect all manner of drug/alcohol use, including one game that focuses entirely on ditching your drug paraphernalia before the police arrive and another about avoiding rape after drinking too much.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Former '80s kids might remember text adventures such as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Zork. So this app can be a fun way to share them with kids, but some of the games are very mature. Frotz is a simple tool, but it does exactly what it needs to do with no frills or distractions. There's a wealth of free content at your fingertips via the IFDB, and while much of it is low quality, there are gems to be found. And it's a great way to introduce kids to some graphics-free games. Frotz isn't an app to let your kid explore alone, but it can be a good access point to games you already know and love or games you've previewed.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.