Gargoyle: Interactive Fiction

An interactive fiction player


Gargoyle is an IF player that supports all the major interactive fiction formats.

Most interactive fiction is distributed as portable game files. These portable game files come in many formats. In the past, you used to have to download a separate player (interpreter) for each format of IF you wanted to play.

Gargoyle is based on the standard interpreters for the formats it supports. Gargoyle is free software released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Typography in interactive fiction

Gargoyle cares about typography! In this computer age of typographical poverty, where horrible fonts, dazzling colors, and inadequate white space is God, Gargoyle dares to rebel!

The default font for Gargoyle is Bitstream Charter and Luxi Mono. Two vastly underrated fonts that I find just perfect for screen reading. They are included, so there is no need to install anything on your system.

Gargoyle does not use any operating system functions for drawing text, so it can use any TrueType, OpenType or Postscript font file you specify in the configuration file.

Many many formats

There are many interpreters that have been Glk-enabled. All of the following interpreters have been compiled for Gargoyle and are included in the package:

Agility, Alan 2 and 3, Frotz (glk port), Glulxe, Hugo, Level 9, Magnetic, Scare, Tads 2 and 3.

These interpreters are freely distributable, but are still copyrighted by their authors and covered by their own licenses.

Download and installation

Gargoyle was originally developed by Tor Andersson. It is currently maintained by Ben Cressey. You can find the project page, mailing list, bug tracker, source code at the github page. Downloads can be found at the releases page.