Group Description

This game group contains games written in the platform-independent Z-Code format.

Z-Code is an Interactive Fiction software platform which originates from Infocom's Z-machine virtual machine software solution. All game information are stored in a platform-independent data file, so once you had developed a Z-Code interpreter for a given platform, all Z-Code games could run on it -- a massive save on time and money.

After the demise of Infocom, people decoded the file format and began to develop interpreters for newer platforms. Also the Z-Code standard was developed further, allowing for graphics, sound and other improvements. Today, Z-Code has become some sort of standard for Interactive Fiction, and there are Z-Code interpreters for most, if not all, platforms (a good list can be found here).

Selected Covers

Lupercalia Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Lupercalia
Gourmet Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Gourmet
Phantom of the Arcade Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Phantom of the Arcade
Xyzzy Android Front Cover
Front cover for Xyzzy

Selected Screenshots

Beginning of the game.
Screenshot from Lupercalia
Screenshot from Gourmet
Screenshot from Phantom of the Arcade
Starting location
Screenshot from Zork: A Troll's-Eye View
Start screen
Screenshot from Twisty