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

The Dreamhold iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for The Dreamhold
Greystone Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Greystone
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Phantom of the Arcade Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Phantom of the Arcade
A Scurvy of Wonders Browser Front Cover
Front cover for A Scurvy of Wonders

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine
Loading screen
Screenshot from Champion of Guitars
Screenshot from Phantom of the Arcade
Game start
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders
Starting location
Screenshot from Zork: A Troll's-Eye View
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (381333), Pseudo_Intellectual (45736), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (15527) and vedder (20602)