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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).
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Selected Covers

Frotz (included games) iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Frotz (included games)
Lupercalia Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Lupercalia
Key Features Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Key Features
Xyzzy Android Front Cover
Front cover for Xyzzy

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Frotz (included games)
Beginning of the game.
Screenshot from Lupercalia
Start of the game
Screenshot from Key Features
Title screen (under WinXP)
Screenshot from The Great Machine
Pages of text to go before we can even start
Screenshot from Pentari: First Light