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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.

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Choices That Matter
Bury me, my Love
Ace Attorney Trilogy HD
Lifeline: Whiteout

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

Help a lost survivor
Lifeline: Whiteout

Lifeline

3 Minute Games, LLC

How to save a life.

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 will affect the outcome of the game.

80 Days
80 Days

80 Days

inkle

*** Four BAFTA-nominations -- TIME Game of 2014

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.

Also Good

Apps with average score

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.

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.

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...

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...

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,...

Fighting Fantasy Legends
Fighting Fantasy Legends
Fighting Fantasy Legends

Fighting Fantasy Legends

Nomad Games

"The game manages to get over some of the hurdles of the game books quite neatly. So if this is your first trip into the classic universe, you'll probably have a damn good time." - PocketGamer - 8/10

"Fighting Fantasy Legends is a near-perfect balance of a gamebook and role-playing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

CAPCOM Co., Ltd

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※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.
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In cases...

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...

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"...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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"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...

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...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

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 20 Mobile Game of 2013, Touch Arcade

Top 25 Mobile Game of 2013, Gamezebo

"I love this app... It’s better than any gamebook ever was in your head when you were a kid" - 5/5, Interactive Fiction Game of the Year (Pocket Tactics)

"With a seemingly endless number of outcomes, Sorcery 2 offers hours upon hours of gameplay... one of the best games of 2013, and adventure fans, you can't afford to miss it" - 5/5 (Examiner.com)

Dare you journey into the Kharé: the Cityport of Traps, a town of thieves and murderers on the brink of destruction?

+ Fully interactive story written on fly around on your actions and choices
+ Plot your own path down every street of the hand-drawn 3D city map
+ Go down into the sewers, aboard ship, or inside buildings with new interior maps
+ 3D spell-casting system: cast over 48 spells, with weird and wonderful story-changing effects
+ New gambling game: can you outwit the citizens of Kharé at Swindlestones?
+ Adapted from the best-selling gamebook series by legendary game designer Steve Jackson
+ Over thirty different monsters to fight with our unique strategic combat
+ More than double the content of Part 1: over 300,000 words, with 10,000 choices, and every one is remembered
+ Play as a male or female hero
+ Start your adventure from here - or load your characters from Part 1

"A terrific adventure - one fraught with danger, rich in atmosphere, and pleasingly flexible in terms of how you shape its twisting, twisted narrative" - 8/10 (Pocket Gamer)

"Wonderful for genre fans and novices alike" - 4.5/5 (TouchArcade)

"An excellent experience" - 90% (4Players.de)

Kharé is brimming with things to do and creatures to meet. Visit the Festival of Thieves, battle a ghost, escape from slavers, gamble your fortune at the Halls of Vlada, drink at the tavern, worship strange Gods, and much much more. Will you uncover the secrets of the city, overthrow the Council, destroy an invading army, or leave Kharé to burn?

From legendary designer Steve Jackson, co-founder of Lionhead Studios (with Peter Molyneux), and Fighting Fantasy and Games Workshop (with Ian Livingstone), and designed and adapted by inkle, the app uses inklewriter technology to tell your journey in real-time, shaping the story around your choices. The text itself changes based on how you play and what you do. In combat, the action is described on the fly based on how you play.

Featuring original illustrations by John Blanche and maps by Mike Schley (Wizards of the Coast).

"Kharé: Cityport of Traps" is Part 2 of 4. Part 1 is out now and Part 3, "The Seven Serpents", is coming later this year. (But while you wait, check out our new game, 80 DAYS.)

Gamebook Adventures 7: Temple of the Spider God

Gamebook Adventures 7: Temple of the Spider God

Tin Man Games

An interactive fantasy adventure! It's a book. It's a game. It's an RPG. It's a Gamebook Adventure! Please note that you do not need to have read any of the previous gamebooks in order to read and play this.

The critically acclaimed gamebook series returns with gamebook legend, Jonathan Green at the helm! Jonathan Green is best known for his work on the Fighting Fantasy series, but has also been involved with gamebooks and novels based on SW Clone Wars, Doctor Who and Warhammer 40k!

•Pocket Gamer 2012 Awards Best Adventure/RPG Game nominee!
•Best App Ever Awards 2011 2nd place!
•#1 ranked iPad Dice Game in 10 countries and top #10 ranked iPad RPG Game in 15 countries.
•Top #5 ranked iPhone Dice Game in 16 countries and top #10 RPG Game in 7 countries including US, UK, Canada and Australia!

"Cesaro Cortez, a famed explorer-conquistador, set out three years ago on his last great expedition. His ships never returned to an Orlandrian port and he was feared lost until a mysterious cargo appeared recently in Miramar. The nature of this cargo will put Orlandes in jeopardy, sending you on an epic journey to find Cortez, save the country and face your darkest fear!"

"For those of us who grew up with the Fighting Fantasy books, this is almost like a homecoming. It’s a great modern equivalent to the books many of us loved as youngsters, with the same kind of attention to detail and thrilling fantastical touches that made these adventures so enjoyable. A splendidly written interactive fantasy story that will keep you hooked until the very end." - POCKETGAMER (8 out of 10 review)

"...a series of lovingly crafted and extremely well-written interactive fantasy novels. It's surprisingly engrossing stuff, the economically written narrative packing in masses of detail, while rattling out a pacey, involving story." - THE GUARDIAN

"Gamebook Adventures are fun to read – not just because the RPG mechanic draws you in and engages you in the story, but also because the stories are good fantasy fiction. The artwork is great and there is a great deal of replayability in the application, especially when you consider the hundreds of choices that can be made and the various difficulties." - WIRED.COM

"After finally making my way through the series’ newest release, I’m somewhat ashamed that I’ve waited so long to take the plunge..." - 148APPS

"I've had an absolutely fabulous time playing through them, and highly encourage anyone interested in fantasy novels to check 'em out." - TOUCH ARCADE

•Includes all the interactive reading and gameplay features found in the previous Gamebook Adventures titles.
•Read the story and dictate the direction of the story! Options based on who you have met, where you have visited and what you have found.
•Battle an array of creatures from sea monsters to an army of venomous spiders. Lead a group of bandits or become a captain of a ship.
•Unique battle system using realistic 3D dice which can be rolled by shaking your iDevice.
•Lots of achievements to collect and artwork to find throughout the book. These are placed on your achievement wall.
•New Phobia skill rolls.
•Companions you meet on the adventure will now fight with you!
•Updated Orlandes Uncovered and World Map.
•Awesome artwork and music to accompany the interactive story.

Gamebook Adventures is brought together through the efforts of passionate and avid gamebook enthusiasts. If you are familiar with the Fighting Fantasy, Sorcery, Lone Wolf or Grail Quest series then Gamebook Adventures will really appeal to you. Our aim is to give those nostalgic readers of old something new and fresh, and bring a new exciting experience to those unfamiliar with gamebooks. If you enjoy fantasy RPGs or adventure games then this is for you!

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?'

Asuria Awakens

Asuria Awakens

Tin Man Games

In the remote Orlandrian coastal town of Casporur, home to the giant statues that rise out of the ocean called the Children of Asuria, something is amiss. The emissary from Orlandes City has been sending messages which are growing more and more alarming – they talk of tremors and civil unrest. When the emissary goes missing, it’s up to you to investigate the disappearance. A new darkness stalks the land. Is this the second coming of Asuria?

** FEATURES **

•Customize your character! Become skilled in Persuasion, Strength, Throwing and Deduction!
•Includes all the interactive reading and gameplay features found in the previous Gamebook Adventures titles.
•Read and dictate the direction of the story! Options based on who you have met, where you have visited and what you have found.
•Lots of achievements to collect and artwork to find throughout the book. These are placed on your achievement wall.
•Three difficulty levels. Read the book casually by being able to move around freely or crank up the difficulty and be the ultimate gamebook player.

Asuria Awakens has been created using Tin Man Games’ critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine featuring:

•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 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!

Join Tin Man Games at www.gamebookadventures.com for lots more exciting digital gamebooks including the Fighting Fantasy series and Judge Dredd!