Group DescriptionThis game group contains games which have been ported to 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).
Front cover for Curses
Front cover for Greystone
Front cover for Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction
Front cover for Zork: The Cavern of Doom
Front cover for Gourmet
Screenshot from Curses
Screenshot from Zork: The Cavern of Doom
Screenshot from Gourmet
Screenshot from Frotz (included games)
Screenshot from Phantom of the Arcade