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

The Warbler's Nest Browser Front Cover
Front cover for The Warbler's Nest
The First Mile Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for The First Mile
Endgame Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Endgame
Xyzzy Android Front Cover
Front cover for Xyzzy
Gourmet Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Gourmet

Selected Screenshots

Just starting the adventure.
Screenshot from The First Mile
Starting location
Screenshot from Zork: A Troll's-Eye View
Game list (interpreter ships with one game bundled, Curses; players add their own selections.)
Screenshot from Xyzzy
Start screen
Screenshot from Twisty
Introduction
Screenshot from Gourmet
Game group created by Terrence Bosky (5221), additional games added to group by MZ per X (2939), Sciere (401179), Pseudo_Intellectual (47935), General Error (4128), JudgeDeadd (16801) and vedder (20637)