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The Best Text Based Adventure Games

Text based adventure games deliver choose your own adventure or gamebook styles to play through. The primary portion of the game is text, often with a choice of text as the main player input. These games deliver deluxe storylines, usually through accessible text based chunks.

80 Days
Bury me, my Love
DEVICE 6
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
Choices That Matter

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

80 Days
80 Days

80 Days

inkle

*** Four BAFTA-nominations -- TIME Game of 2014 -- IGF Award for Narrative Excellence -- IMGA Award for Narrative -- DICE nominated

A new iOS game based on the Jules Verne classic, but updated with a steampunk world filled with all kinds of intriguing contraptions. The classic story of Phileas Fogg’s wager is included, but now it’s a choose your own adventure with an over 500,000 word script waiting to be explored. You get to play as Passepartout, Mr. Fogg’s valet, in charge of of trips, lodging, and Mr. Fogg’s well being. 80 Days is a text based adventure above all else, that offers various dialogue choices that can completely change the progression of the story. While text is a key to the game, there’s a great deal of strategy involved in choosing the path to travel around the world with multiple potential choices ready to be discovered.

Bury me, my Love
Bury me, my Love

Bury me

Plug In Digital

Send text messages to progress the storyline of your wife, a Syrian refugee, trying to cross into Europe.

A text messaging based adventure game that lets you play as Majd communicating with his wife, Nour. Nour is a Syrian migrant trying to find her way to Europe. The game includes 19 different endings based on your text message choices.

DEVICE 6
DEVICE 6

DEVICE 6

Simogo AB

** Winner of Apple Design Award 2014 **

Puzzles abound in what is in essence a mystery story supplanted with all kinds of challenges to work your way from chapter to chapter. Rather than a simple page by page layout, each chapter is one continuous flow with the text continuously unfolding in a unique manner.

Subsurface Circular
Subsurface Circular

Subsurface Circular

Bithell Games

Solve the case of disappearing robots in this intriguing text based adventure.

A text based adventure game set in the future in which you play as a detective trying to figure out the mystery of disappearing robots. The game aspect tests your ability to collect words and phrases to use in dialogue puzzles to solve the case, and mystery of the futuristic world.

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

Ace Attorney

CAPCOM Co., Ltd

※NOTICE※

※NOTICE※
This game does not support devices running iOS 11 (including beta versions) or later. Please be aware of this when changing devices and/or updating your device's iOS as the game may not run properly under an unsupported version of iOS.

※IMPORTANT※
・Please read "Supported iOS and Devices" before purchasing or playing.

In cases where the game unexpectedly crashes:
Please try re-downloading your purchase data...

Choices That Matter
Choices That Matter

Choices That Matter

Tin Man Games

CHOICES THAT MATTER is a collection of epic text adventure games similar to the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books (CYOA)

CHOICES THAT MATTER is a collection of epic text adventure games similar to the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books (CYOA).

New content is written and delivered weekly, making our stories the most complex in the CYOA category. No one player can discover the entire story in a single play through. See how many other players visited the same place as...

Warlock of Firetop Mountain
Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Tin Man Games

An epic adventure through a mysterious mountain filled with monsters, magic and mayhem

An epic adventure through a mysterious mountain filled with monsters, magic and mayhem!

“...it looks downright incredible.” - Pocket Tactics

"Spectacular Re-Envisioning. It's rather special." - Gamezebo

“If you’ve ever played a tabletop RPG and been lucky enough to have your dungeon master build out a miniature set, that’s what Tin Man’s done here. It’s absolutely delightful...” - PCWorld

“I can speak on behalf...

Ace Attorney Trilogy HD
Ace Attorney Trilogy HD

Ace Attorney Trilogy HD

CAPCOM Co., Ltd

Defend the innocent and save the day

Defend the innocent and save the day! Experience the original trilogy in clear, retina-quality HD graphics, and choose to play horizontally for larger backgrounds or vertically for one-handed ease!

"Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD" includes "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney", Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All", and "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations". Each of these three...

Also Good

Apps with average score

Respond to astronaut
Lifeline...

You're his only hope.

Lifeline...

Lifeline...

3 Minute Games, LLC

Help an astronaut survive against all odds in Lifeline. A game that defines Apple Watch gaming allows you to have a text based conversation with the fictional astronaut. The entire story is drive by a choose your own adventure set-up.

Sorcery!
Sorcery!
Sorcery!

Sorcery!

inkle

An epic four-part adventure through a land of monsters, traps, and magic. Start your story here! FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

*** Rock Paper Shotgun Best RPG of 2016 ***

"You should choose to own this adventure" -- Eurogamer

"Inkle's adaptation of Sorcery! takes the genre to a whole new level"...

Interactive Horror Stories
Interactive Horror Stories
Interactive Horror Stories

Interactive Horror Stories

Ahmet Kamil Keles

Are you ready for nightmares?

Interactive Horror Stories is a collection of 7 horror stories in which you are the hero. In the style of Choose Your Own Adventure; you make choices, they change the plotline and bring you different endings. You encounter various evil entities in this stories (humans...

Help a lost survivor
Lifeline: Whiteout

How to save a life.

Lifeline: Whiteout

Lifeline: Whiteout

3 Minute Games, LLC

In the game, players will be introduced to a new character – V. Adams. He’s stuck in a frozen wasteland, and you’ll need to help discover his past and salvage his future. You’ll be his only communication with the outside. You'll interact through notifications and choose how to answer. Answers...

Plague: Doctor vs Inquisitor
Plague: Doctor vs Inquisitor
Plague: Doctor vs Inquisitor

Plague: Doctor vs Inquisitor

Mariia Ostrikova

*** A branching storyline. You choose the path you take
*** 12 different endings
*** 50 different illnesses with unique symptoms and gory details
*** Over 200 game characters to interact with

+++ Play as one of the five characters: Barber, Chemist, Scholarship, Wise Woman, Monk.
+++ Diagnose the patient and choose the...

True Legacy
True Legacy

A text driven adventure game set in the last 21st century with a noir theme.

True Legacy

True Legacy

Blindfire Limited

The game features over 40,000 words spread across 35 illustrated scenes. There is a branching storyline with mini puzzles along the way as you try to solve the case.

Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS
Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS

Ace Attorney returns with a new protagonist and set up.

Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS

Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS

CAPCOM Co., Ltd

Instead of playing as Phoenix Wright in the court room, you get to play as Miles Edgeworth at the crime scene. Figure out the puzzle sequences in the crime scene to solve murders.

The Mummy Dark Universe Story
The Mummy Dark Universe Story

The makers of Oxenfree have a new choice based adventure tied to the new The Mummy film.

The Mummy Dark Universe Story

The Mummy Dark Universe Story

NBCUniversal Media, LLC

The Mummy has arrived in theaters, and there's a game to go along with it. This isn't a simple endless runner, but rather a choice based adventure game from the creative minds behind Oxenfree. Continue the story of The Mummy on iOS.

Sorcery! 3
Sorcery! 3
Sorcery! 3

Sorcery! 3

inkle

An epic adventure through a cursed wilderness of monsters, traps and magic. Begin your journey here! (Parts 1 and 2 not required.)

*** Rock Paper Shotgun best RPG of 2016 ***

"Sorcery! 3 is unlike anything you’ve ever played. Its mix of puzzle-solving, combat, and choose-your-own-adventure stylings have created a unique form...

Sorcery! 4
Sorcery! 4
Sorcery! 4

Sorcery! 4

inkle

An epic adventure through a cursed citadel of monsters, traps and magic. Begin your journey here (Parts 1-3 not required) - or conclude your epic adventure.

"One of the finest RPGs ever made" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Best RPG of 2016

"Sorcery! pushes and exploits both genre tropes and limitations, not as...

Lifeline: Flatline
Lifeline: Flatline
Lifeline: Flatline

Lifeline: Flatline

3 Minute Games, LLC

The Lifeline series takes a terrifying turn in this interactive horror experience. Every decision you make could help Wynn to safety, or lead her to an untimely end.

Something has gone horribly wrong... Venture deep into a mysterious scientific facility, where a woman named Wynn has just woken up strapped to...

Lifeline: Silent Night
Lifeline: Silent Night
Lifeline: Silent Night

Lifeline: Silent Night

3 Minute Games, LLC

The hearts and imaginations of countless players worldwide were captured when the original Lifeline took the App Store by storm and became the #1 Top Paid Game, and now Taylor needs your help again in Lifeline: Silent Night!

Acclaimed author Dave Justus returns with a suspenseful new story that plays out...

Lifeline 2
Lifeline 2
Lifeline 2

Lifeline 2

3 Minute Games, LLC

The original Lifeline took the App Store by storm, reaching #1 Top Paid Game on iPhone and Apple Watch in 29 countries. Its compelling mix of real-time storytelling and Dave Justus’s suspenseful writing continues to capture the imaginations of countless players worldwide.

Lifeline 2 raises the bar with a new...

Apollo Justice Ace Attorney
Apollo Justice Ace Attorney
Apollo Justice Ace Attorney

Apollo Justice Ace Attorney

CAPCOM Co., Ltd

Court Is Back In Session

Star as rookie defense attorney, Apollo Justice, as he visits crime scenes, questions key witnesses and collects vital evidence before stepping into the courtroom to prove his clients’ innocence.

Features:
· All-new high-resolution graphics
· A new touch screen interface
· Interactive forensic testing mini-games that allow players to...

NASA, are you receiving me?
The Martian: Official Game
The Martian: Official Game

The Martian: Official Game

Little Labs, Inc.

Based on the best selling novel and critically acclaimed film, The Martian is a real time, text based adventure game that tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney who finds himself stranded on Mars. Play as a NASA communications specialist and Mark’s sole contact with Earth in this riveting story...

The Hero Unmasked!
The Hero Unmasked!
The Hero Unmasked!

The Hero Unmasked!

Choice of Games LLC

Impersonate your identical twin as the Swashbuckler, masked champion of justice! You have two weeks to rescue the REAL Swashbuckler and marry the mayor before superpowered criminals take over the city.

The Hero Unmasked is a 300,000 word interactive novel by Christopher Huang. It's entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects,...

Trials of the Thief-Taker
Trials of the Thief-Taker
Trials of the Thief-Taker

Trials of the Thief-Taker

Choice of Games LLC

In London, 1729, before they had police, they had you: thief-takers, hunting criminals for cash! Fire a flintlock and sip gin in the age of powdered wigs. Will you grow rich catching smugglers and highwaymen, show mercy, or become a crime boss yourself?

"Trials of the Thief-Taker" is a 140,000-word interactive...

GA1: An Assassin in Orlandes
GA1: An Assassin in Orlandes
GA1: An Assassin in Orlandes

GA1: An Assassin in Orlandes

Tin Man Games

An interactive fantasy adventure! It's a book. It's a game. It's an RPG. It's a Gamebook Adventure!

First in the series of critically acclaimed interactive fantasy gamebooks in which you, the reader, control the direction of the story! Along with a realistic dice-based battle system to fight creatures, a great story...

Lifeline: Crisis Line
Lifeline: Crisis Line
Lifeline: Crisis Line

Lifeline: Crisis Line

3 Minute Games, LLC

A dead lawyer, a mysterious green-eyed woman, stolen crystals with unexplained powers… and it’s only your first day on the job! You’re a HelpText volunteer, and the app has just paired you with Austin homicide detective Alex Esposito. Dive headfirst into a dangerous investigation as you help Alex untangle the...

To Be Or Not To Be -Ryan North
To Be Or Not To Be -Ryan North
To Be Or Not To Be -Ryan North

To Be Or Not To Be -Ryan North

Tin Man Games

William Shakespeare's Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. I know! What took so long, am I right? Now it's up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father's death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play...

Avatar of the Wolf
Avatar of the Wolf
Avatar of the Wolf

Avatar of the Wolf

Choice of Games LLC

Hunt down the killer who murdered the Wolf god! As Wolf's last avatar before his assassination, will you revive your god, take revenge on his killer, or destroy the pantheon and bring about a new order?

"Avatar of the Wolf" is a 135,000-word interactive fantasy novel by Bendi Barrett. It's entirely...

Welcome to Moreytown
Welcome to Moreytown
Welcome to Moreytown

Welcome to Moreytown

Choice of Games LLC

Claw your way to the top of Moreytown, a furry slum for human/animal hybrids. Will you take down the gangs who rule the town, or take them over instead?

"Welcome to Moreytown" is a 150,000-word interactive novel by S. Andrew Swann. It's entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled...

Gamebook Adventures 4: Revenant Rising
Gamebook Adventures 4: Revenant Rising
Gamebook Adventures 4: Revenant Rising

Gamebook Adventures 4: Revenant Rising

Tin Man Games

Gamebook Adventures returns for its fourth outing in the critically acclaimed series of newly imagined interactive fantasy gamebooks in which you, the reader, control the direction of the story! Along with a realistic dice-based battle system to fight creatures, a great story and beautiful artwork, Revenant Rising will give you...

Sorcery! 2
Sorcery! 2
Sorcery! 2

Sorcery! 2

inkle

An epic adventure in a city of thieves, traps, and magic. Begin your adventure here! (Part 1 not required.)

*** Rock Paper Shotgun's best RPG of 2016 ***

"Another spectacular rendition of classic interactive fiction" - (Kotaku)

"Fantastic, and you should buy it" - 5/5 (Gamezebo)

"Bigger, better, stronger" - 4.5/5, Editor's Choice (148Apps)

Top...

Paradigm City
Paradigm City
Paradigm City

Paradigm City

Hosted Games LLC

The Golden Age of heroes is over, but you're just beginning. Will you use your powers to help the world or help yourself? Set on a near-future Earth that has been irrevocably altered by the arrival of superhumans, the world has been dealing with a radical shift in the nature...

The crew of the Little Brother
Star Billions: A Sci-Fi Adventure
Star Billions: A Sci-Fi Adventure

Star Billions: A Sci-Fi Adventure

Catch & Release, LLC

As they flee a dying Earth, the human race is in need of a new home. Who has the intelligence, the wisdom, the courage, and the empathy to save our species from extinction? Meet the crew of the Little Brother...

********************

"One of the freshest, funniest, and most unique iOS titles." -iFanzine

"Star...

The Eagle's Heir
The Eagle's Heir
The Eagle's Heir

The Eagle's Heir

Choice of Games LLC

Defend Napoleon's heir in this steampunk alternate history game of political maneuvering, airship adventure, and romantic intrigue! Will you bring liberty to France, or plunge Europe into bloody war?

"The Eagle's Heir" is a 200,000 word interactive novel by Amy Griswold and Jo Graham. It's entirely text-based, without graphics, or sound...

Runt of the Litter
Runt of the Litter
Runt of the Litter

Runt of the Litter

Choice of Games LLC

Steal and raise a baby war gryphon! Will you fight dragons together to save the empire, or defy the empire and lead your people to freedom?

"Runt of the Litter" is an 150,000 word interactive fantasy novel by Kelly Sandoval, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

Lifeline Library: Choices Are Yours + NEW Episodes

Lifeline Library: Choices Are Yours + NEW Episodes

3 Minute Games, LLC

A collection of hit Lifeline games is available in your hands! Lifeline Library is your one-stop shop for exclusive news, content, and new games and episodes in this top-rated choose your own adventure series! Written by award-winning authors of comic books, novels, games, and more, the Lifeline series features unique storylines and characters in genres ranging from urban fantasy to space survival. But it's YOUR choices that shape how the stories unfold. Join millions of players around the world as you discover the immersive worlds of this text-based interactive-fiction series.

• Get exclusive first access to news, updates, and new stories!
• Start today and get a FREE hit Lifeline game!
• Discover the RPG series millions of players are talking about!
• Enjoy immersive storylines written by award-winning authors!
• You choose how the stories unfold in real-time!

Coming Soon:
• More Games
• More Donuts!

Re:play

Re:play

Gabrielle Chan

Ever wondered what you would do if you were given the chance to turn back time and relive your past?

In this text-based interactive game, you wake up in a new body and unfamiliar environment, after having just died.

"Replay" starts at birth and ends at adulthood -- that is....if you survive up until that point.

There are 9 possible endings. You'll meet many interesting people along the way. Who will be your friend...who will be your foe? You decide.

'What would you do if you were given a second chance at life?'

Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell

Fighting Fantasy: House of Hell

Tin Man Games

Fighting Fantasy, the world famous interactive gamebook series is back! Steve Jackson and Tin Man Games present House of Hell on iOS!!

"Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life! The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember..."

** REVIEWS **

"This is a faithful port to an electronic format, and it is also packed with features. Old fans will love the nostalgia, and those who have never played this sort of thing before are in for a treat." - STARBURST - 9/10

"If you have any appreciation for choose-your-own adventure games, you’ll love this app. Fans of the original Fighting Fantasy series of books will absolutely love the iOS version." - PADGADGET - 4.5/5

"All the other hallmarks of the Tin Man treatment are also to be found in House of Hell, including an atmospheric soundtrack, good use of multimedia and smooth and easy usability." - GAMEZEBO - 4/5

"The extras, like the achievements, art gallery, background material, and the retro look, are features that the developer didn’t have to do, but went that extra mile." - BOARD GAME GEEK - 4/5

"House of Hell is very engaging; it manages to produce a compelling story that transcends the realm of young adult fantasy game books. It’s also a trip down memory lane for gamers who grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy paperback series. Here’s to Tin Man Games for a job well done." - PIXEL PERFECT GAMING - 5/5

** FEATURES **

House of Hell is a digital Fighting Fantasy gamebook, an interactive adventure in which YOU are the hero! You can only win through by choosing the correct path, finding equipment, avoiding traps and surviving combat.

Exclusive new features in the app:

• Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
• Atmospheric new visuals which can be turned off to make the gamebook look like it came off the printing press in the 80s!
• Tim Sell’s classic illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of the high-resolution retina displays.
• Ian Miller's famous cover animated and brought to life.
• Fantastic new cover artwork to unlock!
• Achievements to find throughout the gamebook with full Game Center connectivity.

House of Hell has been brought to iOS using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

• Universal iOS support. Buy the app once and it works on all your devices!
• Read the book horizontally or vertically on your iPad.
• An automated Adventure Sheet to keep track of stats and inventory.
• Realistic physics based dice rolling. Shake your iPhone or iPad!
• Artwork gallery. Find an illustration in the gamebook and be able to access it full-screen forever.
• Bookmarking system which saves your position in the gamebook, much like putting your fingers between the pages to remember your previous page when reading the paperback!
• Specially composed soundtrack and sound effects.

Tin Man Games have signed a licensing deal to release the Fighting Fantasy series on iOS, so expect to see more of your favourite adventure gamebooks appearing on the App Store!

Also available: The Forest of Doom, Island of the Lizard King, Starship Traveller, Caverns of the Snow Witch and Bloodbones!
Coming Soon: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!

Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King

Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King

Tin Man Games

The world famous Fighting Fantasy interactive gamebook series continues! Ian Livingstone and Tin Man Games present Island of the Lizard King!

You can relive the adventures on Fire Island on your phone or tablet, lovingly updated for digital devices. Presented in full colour with realistic physics-based dice rolling for battles, auto-mapping, an auto-updated adventure sheet and stat keeping.

** REVIEWS **

"Telling a gripping yarn with the trademark exceptional adventure gamebook gameplay, Island of the Lizard King is quite the delight." - 148Apps, 4.5/5

"It's fun, it's slick, and it's another worthy addition to the digital Fighting Fantasy canon that Tin Man Games is so ably accumulating." - Pocket Gamer, 8/10 - Silver Award

"Rip-roaring tale of classic adventure and derring-do, pitched at an excellent difficulty level for the digital format." - Gamezebo, 4/5

"It's great to see that Tin Man Games is able to be so prolific within its niche and provide people with a huge range of different books to choose from so that they can pick the experience that best suits their tastes. If you're anything like me, however, one book isn't going to be even close to enough." - Digitally Downloaded, 4.5/5

"...fun for old gamers and a great introduction for gamers-yet-to-be." - Starburst, 8/10

** FEATURES **
• Make the gamebook as easy or hard as you like and even turn on a special cheat mode to read it old-school!
• Atmospheric new visuals which can be turned off to make the gamebook look like it came off the printing press in the 80s!
• Auto-mapping tracks your journey across Fire Island! See locations appear as you discover them!
• Iain McCaig’s famous cover brought to life. The Lizard King has never been this terrifying!
• Alan Langford’s classic illustrations colorised for the app, making full use of high-resolution displays.
• Achievements to find throughout the gamebook.

Island of the Lizard King has been created using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

• Read the book horizontally or vertically on your tablet.
• An automated Adventure Sheet to keep track of stats and inventory.
• Realistic physics based dice rolling. Shake your device!
• Artwork gallery. Find an illustration in the gamebook and be able to access it full-screen forever.
• Bookmarking system which saves your position in the gamebook, much like putting your fingers between the pages to remember your previous page when reading the paperback!
• Specially composed soundtrack and sound effects.

Writer, Ian Livingstone, was one of the co-founders of Games Workshop and has continued to have a distinguished career in both tabletop gaming and video games.

Cover artist, Iain McCaig, has an extensive print and film portfolio, and is probably best known for designing Padmé Amidala and Darth Maul for The Phantom Menace!

Also available: The Forest of Doom, House of Hell, Blood of the Zombies, Starship Traveller, Caverns of the Snow Witch and Bloodbones.
Coming Soon: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain!