Z-Code

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

Xyzzy Android Front Cover
Front cover for Xyzzy
Make It Good Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Make It Good
Gourmet Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Gourmet
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pentari: First Light

Selected Screenshots

Game list (interpreter ships with one game bundled, Curses; players add their own selections.)
Screenshot from Xyzzy
Starting location
Screenshot from Zork: A Troll's-Eye View
Introduction
Screenshot from Gourmet
Pages of text to go before we can even start
Screenshot from Pentari: First Light
Game start
Screenshot from A Scurvy of Wonders
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (393280), Pseudo_Intellectual (47942), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (15865) and vedder (20606)