The news earlier this week that Infocom founders Dave Lebling and Marc Blanc will be handed a Pioneer Award at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit got people wondering about where all of those classic text adventures have gone. Apparently, rights owner Activision has had mobile developer Code Mystics working on an enhanced iOS port of The Lost Treasures of Infocom, and now the collection is officially live in the App Store.
The free download includes Zork 1: The Great Underground Empire at no additional cost, though five-game packs can be purchased at $2.99 a pop. You can also pony up $9.99 for the full 26-title collection, including the never-published Zork: The Undiscovered Underground. The enhanced port offers some useful tools, including a tap-based on-screen compass and the ability to create shortcuts.
More importantly, the enhanced port includes interactive re-creations of each game's "feelies," which were physical items packed into Infocom games that usually carried hints as well as vital copy protection tools. All in all, it's a nice and clean interface. Compliments to Code Mystics on this solid port.